NFCT Waterway Work Trips - Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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P.O. Box 565
Waitsfield, VT 05673

Phone 802-496-2285
Fax 802-329-2239

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NFCT Waterway Work Trips

Going on an NFCT Waterway Work Trip (WWT) is a terrific way to get involved! These weekend outings offer hands-on trail maintenance along the scenic Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Spencer Lake 2010 WWT Group, by NFCTCamping is arranged near work sites, and time is always built in to paddle.

Work trip registration fees ($63.75 member/$75 nonmember fee per person) covers food costs. Meals include Friday dinner, all Saturday meals, and Sunday breakfast. Note: thanks to support from the Vermont River Conservancy, the Nulhegan Gorge Trip is free for participants (although donations are appreciated).

Paddlers bring their own camping and paddling gear. We can help connect you to an outfitter if you need to rent any equipment.

 Space is limited to 6 people per work trip unless otherwise noted. For an overview of the WWTs and their locations you can access this interactive map. Click on the links below to learn more and register today!


Waterway Work Trip Date State Description Registration
Brownway Campsite July  8-10 VT Installation of a new campsite in Enosburg Falls on the Missisquoi River. We will build two access areas, a picnic table, privy, and sign-in box. CLOSED
Yaledale Lean-to July 22-24 VT Help build the walls and roof on a lean-to along the newly installed Yaledale Portage. CLOSED
Nulhegan Gorge Portage/Campsite July 29-31 VT The Vermont River Conservancy has conserved a parcel along the Nulhegan River that will allow us to shorten a portage and install a new campsite. CLOSED
Allagash Wilderness Waterway-Lock Dam August 12-14 ME Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway by improving the portage around Lock Dam on beautiful Chamberlain Lake. CLOSED


There will also be volunteer days - on August 24th and August 25th - to build a new bog bridge on the Indian Carry portage trail that connects Upper Saranac Lake and Stoney Creek Ponds in New York's Adirondack Mountains. For more info and to sign-up, e-mail Noah Pollock at by Monday, August 22nd. Thanks to project partners the NY DEC and the Adirondack Land Trust for making this project a reality!

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  If you have a question, don't hesitate to contact Trail Director Walter Opuszynski at 802-496-2285 ext 2 or


2014 Upper Ammonoosuc WWT

2014 Upper Ammonoosuc River WWT Group Photo at the Cordwell Campsite in New Hampshire.

Group Raquette Falls

2013 Interns and Volunteers at Raquette Falls WWT in New York on the Raquette River.

2014 Misssisquoi WWT

2014 Missisquoi River WWT volunteers putting a roof on an Aquatic Invasive Wash Station at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Vermont.

Sunrise-Highgate Falls

One of the many views you'll see on a WWT!