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.

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#1. Sadawga Pond


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.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Whitingham, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in vt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Somerset Reservoir


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.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Somerset and Stratton, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in vt - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Indian Brook Reservoir


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.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Essex, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Shelburne Pond


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 water s…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Shelburne, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Silver Lake


This remote mountain lake in a scenic setting is reached by a 0.6-mile hike, and there is primitive camping on-site under towering hemlocks. This is a great area to combine with hikes on various trail…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Leicester, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Richville Pond


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 blue…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Shoreham, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

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


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 Hampshire.…
From the guidebook "Water Trails of Western Massachusetts"
Vernon, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Waterbury Reservoir


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 osprey…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Waterbury, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Rock River


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, and min…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Highgate, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Colchester Pond


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 plants.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Colchester, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Lake Champlain-Southern End


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.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Addison Benson Bridport Orwell Shoreham, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Lower and Upper Symes Pond


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 birds, a…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Ryegate, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Grout Pond and Branch Pond


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 animals…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Stratton and Sunderland, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Wallingford Pond


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.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Wallingford, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. May Pond


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 with many…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Barton, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Chittenden Reservoir and Lefferts Pond


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 mink.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Chittenden, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

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


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 noted…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Brattleboro Rockingham and Vernon, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Little Otter Creek


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 whiteta…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Ferrisburg, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Mollys Falls Pond


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 the h…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Cabot, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Arrowhead Mountain Lake


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, road-si…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Georgia and Milton, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books