Boating & Paddling

The Northeast Kingdom is home to Vermont's Lake District with 40,000 acres of lakes, ponds and 50 public boat launch sites. With so much fresh water, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and camping are popular in the region.

To start planning your boating and paddling getaway, view the listings below. Then, check out our Interactive Map for self guided paddling tours in the Northeast Kingdom and our Great Outdoors Vacation Packages for some great lodging deals that include fishing and boating!

Our FREE Waterways Map will help you plan your off-land excursions in the NEK.

For more information about boating and paddling in Vermont, visit: Vermont State Parks, Vermont's Fish & Wildlife Dept.Northern Forest Canoe TrailUpper Valley Land Trust tand  Connecticut River Byway.



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  The Black River Craftsbury
Located in Orleans County, the Black River is 30 miles long and is known for abundant wildlife habitats and unsettled, forested

Craftsbury, VT





  Northern Forest Canoe Trail Waitsfield
Paddle your way through history on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail as it wanders through the Northeast Kingdom.

Waitsfield, VT 05673





  Prouty Beach & Campground Newport
Nearly a quarter mile of sandy beach with a marked swimming area, lifeguard, picnic tables & bathhouse.

Newport, VT 05855

802-334-7951





  Little Averill Lake Natural Area - The Nature Conservancy Averill
Managed by the Vermont Nature Conservancy, the lake is a perfect place for a paddling trip.

Averill, VT





  Passumpsic River St. Johnsbury
The Passumpsic River allows for a 43-mile canoe trip through the heart of the Northeast Kingdom.

St. Johnsbury, VT





  Lake Caspian Greensboro
Lake Caspian in Greensboro doubles as a natural band shell. Classical music concerts can be heard playing over Caspian's waters in the summer.

Greensboro, VT





  Willoughby Lake Westmore
Public beaches at the north and south ends with restrooms, excellent boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

Westmore, VT 05860





  Craftsbury Outdoor Center Craftsbury Common
A non-profit focusing on lifelong sport, sustainability and conservation, with accommodations for up to 90 guests at our lakeside campus.
535 Lost Nation Rd
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

802-586-7767
stay@craftsbury.com





  Stillwater State Park Groton
The campground has 62 tent/trailer sites and 17 lean-tos. There is a swimming beach, boat launch/dock facility and play area.
44 Stillwater Road
Groton, VT 05046

802-584-3822





  Northern Star Lake Cruises Newport
Newport Vermont's newest attraction to Lake Memphremagog. The Northern Star is your very own private yacht offering scenic cruises, cocktail cruises, Lunch and Dinner cruises and private charters. Sails daily from Newport's City Dock. May through October.
84 Fyfe Drive
Newport, VT 05855





  Ricker Pond State Park Groton
Nestled in Groton State Forest, Ricker Pond State Park sits below the hustle and bustle of Lake Groton.
18 Ricker Pond Camp Ground Road
Groton, VT 05046





  Island Pond Island Pond
Island Pond is a smaller lake nestled in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom.

Island Pond, VT





  Northwoods Stewardship Center East Charleston
The Northwoods Stewardship Center offers a wide variety of community programs, from live music to snowshoe excursions or guided canoe paddles. Visit our website for full program & event listings.
154 Leadership Drive
East Charleston, VT 05833





  Harvey's Lake West Barnet
Nearly a quarter mile of sandy beach with a marked swimming area, lifeguard, picnic tables & bathhouse.

West Barnet, VT 05821





  Maidstone State Park/Maidstone Lake Guildhall
Maidstone is the most remote of Vermont's state parks and still retains much of the wilderness character of the NEK.
R1, Box 388
Guildhall, VT 05905

802-676-3930





  Crystal Lake State Park Barton
Crystal Lake is a glacial lake beautifully situated among roughhewn mountain sides.
96 Bellwater Ave
Barton, VT 05822

802-525-6205





  Lake Memphremagog Newport
A 30 mile long lake that crosses the border into Canada.

Newport, VT





  Northern Forest Canoe Trail
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) links the waterways of New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine. Part of the Canoe Trail is in the Northeast Kingdom.

802-496-2285





  The Connecticut River Canaan
At 407 miles, the Connecticut is the longest river in New England.

Canaan, VT





  Willoughby River Barton
The Willoughby and Barton Rivers form the western boundary of the Willoughby Wildlife Management Area.

Barton, VT





  Kettle Pond State Park Marshfield
The campground has 47 tent/trailer sites and 14 lean-tos. There is a play area and access to miles of hiking trails.
4239 VT Rte 232
Marshfield, VT 05658





  Seymour Lake Morgan
A clean and beautiful Vermont lake surrounded by hills and mountains.

Morgan, VT 05853





  Quimby Country Averill
Quimby Country is Vermont’s oldest sporting camp and original family summer camp. Its Lodge and waterfront cottages are located on more than 1,000 unspoiled acres of the Great North Woods.
1127 Forest Lake Road
Averill, VT 05901





  Long Pond Natural Area - The Nature Conservancy Greensboro
The Nature Conservancy manages 1,500 feet of shoreline around this remote pond surrounded by a softwood and hardwood forest.

Greensboro, VT