The Essex County Natural Resources Conservation District (ECNRCD) will host its annual canoe and kayak paddle on the Connecticut River on Saturday, June 15.
Participants will meet at the Johnson Farm Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife access in Canaan, just off of Route 102 on the right, .6 miles north of Todd Hill Road at 9:30 a.m. From there, participants will shuttle cars downstream and plan on being back on the river and underway by 10:30 a.m. The paddle will conclude approximately four miles downstream at the Colebrook Bridge. This stretch of the river provides mostly flat water with good current, allowing for a leisurely paddle with some quicker water mixed in to keep things really interesting. The ECNRCD and NorthWoods Stewardship Center staff will be on hand to assist with paddling techniques if necessary.
This is an annual event of the conservation district, hosted in part to build awareness of the importance of the Connecticut River as a resource to the region. The Connecticut River is one of 14 American Heritage Rivers in the nation because of its historical impact on the region. This year, the event features the Johnson farm conservation partnerships. In 2012, the Vermont Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife partnered to conserve 849 acres along the banks of the Connecticut River on the Johnson farm in Canaan. Paddle participants will discuss ecological features, public access, and floodplain forests restoration projects, and paddle slow, meandering waters along the property and past some of the most beautiful land in Vermont. This paddle will allow time to take in the scenery and abundant wildlife, talk about invasive species and natural resources of the region a little bit, stop for lunch, toss in a line for a fish or two, etc.
Space is limited and pre-registration is requested. Past years’ paddles have filled up quickly, so it is suggested that those interested call early. Participants should bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and extra clothes. Call Sarah at the ECNRCD at (802) 748-3885, extension 114, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register, or for any questions regarding the event.
Limited canoe rentals and equipment may be available; call the district office in advance for more information. — from the ECNRCD.
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