Passumpsic River

St. Johnsbury, VT

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The Passumpsic River allows for a 43-mile canoe trip through the heart of the Northeast Kingdom. Roof tops of town buildings poke through the beautiful forest scenery along the river's banks. Not many areas of this river have rushing water, which makes for a gentle, scenic ride. Pastures, barns and covered bridges give the river a rural feel as it winds its way from East Burke through Lyndonville, St.Johnsbury and East Barnet to the Connecticut. Seven dam portages allow you to take out your canoe or kayak and put back in if you're traveling down river. The portages are also spots where you can attempt to hook a hiding trout. Railroad tracks along the river reflect a history of contrasting modes of transportation used to move people and goods through the NEK. Keep your eyes open, you might spy a busy beaver working on his lodge, or swimming alongside you as you head downstream.