Kayaking near Mount Snow, Dover & Wilmington Vermont
Get your heart pumping and your adrenaline flowing with a rush of pounding river on a personal or guided kayak tour. Many kayak companies in Vermont work with inns and B&Bs in the area to set up reservations, rent equipment and help you choose the best tour for your skill and experience level. Speak to a representative at your lodging for individual accommodations and pricing.
The best time of year for kayaking in Southern Vermont is from June to October when the weather is warm and fair. Most kayak companies offer a safety class before beginning the activity and ask participants to pack light, quick-drying clothes, a warm layer like a windbreaker or jacket, sun screen and other sun protection accessories like a hat and sunglasses as well as water-proof shoes, snacks and bottled drinks.
Many of Southern Vermont’s roiling rivers and clear-water streams make ideal landscapes for kayaking. Sadawga Pond near the border of Massachusetts boasts its own private island. The Connecticut River provides great views of both Vermont and New Hampshire. Somerset Reservoir’s dips and curves will test your physical endurance and Lowell Lake is a shallow and smooth enough ride for beginners to wade along without too much effort. Each location, tour and kayak company will offer a different experience, but no matter what you choose, this activity is sure to be a wild and wonderful memory from your Vermont vacation.
From Wilmington follow Rt 100 north and take a right onto Higley Hill Rd. Follow this until you see Lake Raponda Road on the right. Continue until you reach the lake, which will be on your right.
There is a great docking area on your right directly across from Old Stage Rd. There is great fishing here as well. There are a few public access points along the lake as well but seasonal, private owners occupy the majority of the shoreline.
From the intersection of Route 100 and Route 9 in Wilmington, follow Rt 9 West towards Bennington for about 1 mile. Turn right on to Somerset Road. Continue for about 30 minutes until you reach the lake.
This is a very secluded lake. There are no shops, or ranger stations or private residences around. You will feel like you've found a place where no one else has been.
Be sure to have everything with you that you will need to enjoy the day.
sadawgaFollow Rt 9 out of Wilmington, after about .5 miles take Rt 100 south on your right. After another .5 miles look for Wilmington Cross Road, it will be on your right. Follow this until you meet back onto Rt 100 south. Go another .5 miles and turn left onto Sadawga Lake Rd. The boat launch will be on your right. That one boat launch is the primary launch point for the lake since it is really more of a small pond. As well as being very small much of the shoreline is marshy and not ideal for docking.
harriman reservoir/lake whitinghamLocated about a mile south of the intersection of Rt 9 and Rt 100. The Reservoir is located on the right hand side and there are several places right along tie road that are good for launching. There are several islands to explore and many small coves. Harriman Reservoir is the largest lake totally encompassed in VT.
west riverA good launch point is the Scott Bridge in Townshend VT. It is located on the right hand side of the road on Rt 30 north heading out of the center of Townshend. There is a good 3 mile stretch is you launch at the Scott Bridge and take out at the iron bridge just south of the Riverbend Market in Townshend. If you are looking for a longer trip, it is about 15 miles along the river to end at the Brattleboro Retreat Meadows which has a fantastic unloading area just off Rt 30. Idea time to take this trip is in the late spring after the melt when the water is fairly high if you are a risk taker. Otherwise do not take this trip when there has been any sort of significant dry spell, the water gets very shallow in parts along this stretch if we haven’t had enough rain.
|RIVER||DIFFICULTY||PUT IN||TAKE OUT||MILES||CARRIES|
|Deerfield-N Branch||?||West Dover||Harriman Reservoir||6||-|
|Green||II-III||Green River (VT)||West Leyden (MA)||6.8||0|
|Rock||III-IV||So. Newfane||West R.||3.7||-|
|Wardsboro Brook||III-IV||Wardsboro||West R.||4.5||0|
|West-lower||I,II||Townsend dam||Connecticut R.||19||0|
|West-middle||II-IV||Ball Mt. dam||Townsend dam||8||0|
|West-upper||II,III||Londonderry dam||Ball Mt. Dam||12||0|
|Williams||QW, I-II,III||Gassetts||Connecticut R.||14.5||3|
|Winhall||II-IV||above Bondville||West R.||7||0|
Local rivers list courtesy of the Vermont Paddlers Club. Visit their site for more info.