Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Vermont

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Vermont. Use this list to plan your next Vermont flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Sadawga Pond

    1 Reviews

    Whitingham, VT

    A floating island, loosely tethered by roots to the pond’s bottom, is a major feature of Sadawga Pond. Look for great blue heron and waterfowl among the rafts of aquatic vegetation.
    •  3 hours
    •  Guide

    A floating island, loosely tethered by roots to the pond’s bottom, is a major feature of Sadawga Pond. Look for great blue ...

  • #2 Somerset Reservoir

    1 Reviews

    Somerset and Stratton, VT

    This large reservoir is home to Vermont’s southernmost population of nesting loons. you should also look here for moose, black bear, mink, otter, and beaver.
    •  All day
    •  Guide

    This large reservoir is home to Vermont’s southernmost population of nesting loons. you should also look here for moose, ...

  • #3 Indian Brook Reservoir

    2 Reviews

    Essex, VT

    This small, popular pond offers a great opportunity for combining camping, hiking, paddling, and nature observation. Look for marshland species, particularly at the pond’s northern end.
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    This small, popular pond offers a great opportunity for combining camping, hiking, paddling, and nature observation. Look ...

  • #4 Shelburne Pond

    2 Reviews

    Shelburne, VT

    Shelburne Pond is used by many groups for outdoor education, and with good reason. It lacks development, and its limestone outcroppings harbor populations of several rare ferns and of northern ...
    •  4 hours
    •  Guide

    Shelburne Pond is used by many groups for outdoor education, and with good reason. It lacks development, and its limestone ...

  • #5 Richville Pond

    2 Reviews

    Shoreham, VT

    Richville Pond and its covered railroad bridge are a real attraction. This shallow, dammed-up section of the Lemon Fair River brims with wildlife. Besides abundant waterfowl, expect to see great ...
    •  3 hours more if you paddle the section east of the covered bridge.
    •  Guide

    Richville Pond and its covered railroad bridge are a real attraction. This shallow, dammed-up section of the Lemon Fair River ...

  • #6 Colchester Pond

    1 Reviews

    Colchester, VT

    we have seen great blue heron, muskrat, and beaver while visiting this shallow, marshy pond. Protected from development, it offers a great opportunity to observe wildlife and to study wetland ...
    •  3 hours
    •  Guide

    we have seen great blue heron, muskrat, and beaver while visiting this shallow, marshy pond. Protected from development, ...

  • #7 Connecticut River: Governor Hunt Recreation Area to Pauchaug Boat Ramp

    1 Reviews

    Vernon, VT

    This is a trip that takes you into three states: Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. For about five miles below the Vernon Dam the west bank is in Vermont and the east bank is in New ...
    •  Day use
    •  6.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a trip that takes you into three states: Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. For about five miles below the ...

  • #8 Waterbury Reservoir

    0 Reviews

    Waterbury, VT

    This large reservoir offers an extended paddling opportunity, but we prefer to avoid the reservoir’s two southern arms because they suffer from high-speed boating. you should see both loon and ...
    •  All day
    •  Guide

    This large reservoir offers an extended paddling opportunity, but we prefer to avoid the reservoir’s two southern arms because ...

  • #9 Rock River

    1 Reviews

    Highgate, VT

    Keep an eye out for the peregrine falcons that nest on Highgate cliffs on this river. you will likely see great blue heron and numerous songbirds here, and you might see osprey, beaver, otter, ...
    •  4 hours
    •  Guide

    Keep an eye out for the peregrine falcons that nest on Highgate cliffs on this river. you will likely see great blue heron ...

  • #10 Lake Champlain-Southern End

    1 Reviews

    Addison Benson Bridport Orwell Shoreham, VT

    The narrower southern end of Lake champlain provides a wonderful paddling experience. you can explore many inlets and bays, observing the abundant plant life and wildlife.
    •  4 days round-trip
    •  Guide

    The narrower southern end of Lake champlain provides a wonderful paddling experience. you can explore many inlets and bays, ...

  • #11 Lower and Upper Symes Pond

    0 Reviews

    Ryegate, VT

    Nestled among the pointed spires of the northern boreal forest, the two small Symes ponds present a good opportunity to look for moose. you will likely see loons here, as well as myriad other ...
    •  3 hours for both ponds
    •  Guide

    Nestled among the pointed spires of the northern boreal forest, the two small Symes ponds present a good opportunity to look ...

  • #12 Grout Pond and Branch Pond

    0 Reviews

    Stratton and Sunderland, VT

    These small, remote ponds in the green Mountain National Forest offer on-site primitive camping. This is a great place to enjoy a wilderness experience and to look for beaver, moose, and other ...
    •  Grout Pond: 2 hours; Branch Pond: 1 hour
    •  Guide

    These small, remote ponds in the green Mountain National Forest offer on-site primitive camping. This is a great place to ...

  • #13 Wallingford Pond

    0 Reviews

    Wallingford, VT

    The white Rocks National Recreation Area of the green Mountain National Forest contains this small, marshy wilderness pond. Look for loon, beaver, and moose here.
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    The white Rocks National Recreation Area of the green Mountain National Forest contains this small, marshy wilderness pond. ...

  • #14 Chittenden Reservoir and Lefferts Pond

    0 Reviews

    Chittenden, VT

    These two bodies of water are nestled below peaks of the green Mountain National Forest. Loons nest here, and moose occur in good numbers. Look also for bald eagle, beaver, otter, muskrat, and ...
    •  Chittenden Reservoir, 5 hours; Lefferts Pond, 1 hour
    •  Guide

    These two bodies of water are nestled below peaks of the green Mountain National Forest. Loons nest here, and moose occur ...

  • #15 Arrowhead Mountain Lake

    0 Reviews

    Georgia and Milton, VT

    We prefer to paddle the marshy northern section and the gorge-like central section of this elongated reservoir. Osprey nest here, and you might see beaver, otter, and mink. As of summer 2000, ...
    •  5 hours
    •  Guide

    We prefer to paddle the marshy northern section and the gorge-like central section of this elongated reservoir. Osprey nest ...

  • #16 May Pond

    0 Reviews

    Barton, VT

    Protected by The Nature conservancy because of its unique ecological character, this small, little-known pond presents a wonderful opportunity for viewing wildlife. we have seen otter, along ...
    •  2 hours
    •  Guide

    Protected by The Nature conservancy because of its unique ecological character, this small, little-known pond presents a ...

  • #17 Herricks Cove, Retreat Meadows and Connecticut River-Southern Section

    0 Reviews

    Brattleboro Rockingham and Vernon, VT

    These sections along the connecticut River provide scenic mountain views and opportunities to see osprey, bald eagle, waterfowl, and many other species. Herricks cove and other nearby coves are ...
    •  Herricks Cove: All day; Retreat Meadows: 6 hours
    •  Guide

    These sections along the connecticut River provide scenic mountain views and opportunities to see osprey, bald eagle, waterfowl, ...

  • #18 Dead Creek

    0 Reviews

    Addison and Panton, VT

    For anyone interested in marsh ecology, dead creek is an extraordinary resource. with 16 miles of waterway to paddle, you could spend more than a day paddling here among the waterfowl, osprey, ...
    •  All day
    •  Guide

    For anyone interested in marsh ecology, dead creek is an extraordinary resource. with 16 miles of waterway to paddle, you ...

  • #19 Little Otter Creek

    0 Reviews

    Ferrisburg, VT

    Large numbers of marshland species—including several pairs of nesting osprey—inhabit these waters. Reptiles and amphibians are abundant, and you may encounter beaver, mink, muskrat, otter, and ...
    •  5 hours
    •  Guide

    Large numbers of marshland species—including several pairs of nesting osprey—inhabit these waters. Reptiles and amphibians ...

  • #20 Mollys Falls Pond

    0 Reviews

    Cabot, VT

    Although road noise impinges on parts of the pond, this is still a good place to paddle. you will likely see loons, and look here in the evening for beaver. In spring, Mollys Brook cascades down ...
    •  5 hours
    •  Guide

    Although road noise impinges on parts of the pond, this is still a good place to paddle. you will likely see loons, and look ...