Island Pond To Ten Mile Square Road - Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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Island Pond – Ten Mile Square Road (view in map)

The Clyde River and its wetlands are one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Northeast. The bog sedge-dominated landscape is classified as an intermediate fen, a globally rare natural community. For experienced paddlers, a paddle through Buck Flat's, one of Vermont's most valuable wetlands, is a wonderful day trip. A diversity of wildlife frequent these wetlands, including over 127 bird species, as inventoried by the NorthWoods Stewardship Center. Evening paddlers will be serenaded by an amphibian chorus featuring green frogs, American toads, spring peepers, and northern leopard frogs.

  • NFCT Section: Map 6
  • Trip Duration: 1 Day
  • Miles:10.6
  • Portages: Short carry over breached timber dam. Be prepared to carry around the occasional beaver dam or down tree, and to bushwack around a short Class II rapid at low water levels. 
  • Hazards: A short stretch of Class II rapids two miles west of Island Pond, best at 600 cfs, can be tricky at high water levels and too low to run during the summer. 
  • Put in: Town beach, Island Pond
  • Take out: Ten Mile Square Road Fishing Access. 
  • Local Outfitters: Clyde River Recreation
  • More Info: Island Pond and The Upper Clyde Itinerary