Champlain Paddlers' Trail
Launched in 1996, the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail links access sites
and camping along the New York, Quebec and Vermont shorelines that surround
the lake. As of 2001, there were 27 campsites, all of which are open
to anyone who buys the annual guidebook and stewardship manual ($40,
last we checked). If you stop by the Website you'll find a history section
and a list of trail use rules.
Army Corp of Engineers - Vermont
These folks maintain a series of sites in Vermont that are excellent
places to boat, fish, swim and picnic (not to mention check out
some great dams). This site also links to US Army Corp of Engineers
areas in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Making up Vermont's border with New Hampshire, the Connecticut
River is easily the longest river in the state and offers a wealth
of boating opportunities of all kinds. The Connecticut River Recreation
page covers those opportunities very well with an information-packed
site offering boating maps, safety tips and warnings on harmful
elements like zebra muscles and milfoil. They also point to resources
such as primitive campsites and birding sites.
Have eight weeks vacation coming up and looking for something to do?
Try the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. This 740 mile trail is actually
a network of rivers and other waterways that were originally used by
Native Americans and early Europeans. The trail runs through New York,
Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine and includes a variety of water (flatwater,
whitewater, poling) as well as portaging. The Website features history,
a FAQ, news and information on how you can become a member and receive
a variety of maps and detailed descriptions.
You can't always glide on the water sometimes you have to jump
into it. Vermont Swimming Holes offers up a very large map with pointers
to 69 swimming holes on it. Holes have extensive descriptions, information
on activities that surround them and, of course, directions.
Unless you're training for an X-sport, you really can't kayak them,
and yet knowing when one is just around the next bend is a good thing.
Waterfalls of Vermont has information on all(?) the state's falls, including
pictures, statistics, a "beauty" meter and detailed descriptions
and directions. Whether you're starting/stopping at or portaging around
a waterfall, it really adds a special touch to a boating trip.