Canoeing has become an increasingly popular sport. At once peaceful and challenging, it is a rewarding, aesthetic and ecologically sound recreational activity.
The Winooski River is one of Vermont's most spectacular resources. The second longest river in the state, it flows through mountains and farmland, the state's capital and the largest city before emptying 1,080 square miles of an immense river valley into Lake Champlain. As Chittenden County continues to grow, many river communities are turning to this rich natural resource as a means of preserving open space and natural areas for public recreation.
The river corridor penetrates the landscape of Vermont more effectively than any other transportation route. It brings the towns, farms and people of the Green Mountain State within the direct purview of the canoeist. This guide is designed to assist those who would like to take advantage of cleaner waters and improved public access to the Winooski waterway by exploring the river valley in its haunting cultural and natural splendor as it was experienced by the early wilderness explorers.