Expanding Access to the Missisquoi River

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) stewardship crew has completed the construction of a new access point on the Missisquoi River, just off River Road in the town of Troy.

The project, a collaboration with the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild & Scenic Committee (UMATR), will expand safe access to the river for paddlers, anglers and other users. The work was made possible through a partnership with a private landowner from Troy who provides public access to the Missisquoi River, and with support from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

“This work greatly expands opportunities for exploring this beautiful Wild and Scenic river,” said Noah Pollock, NFCT’s stewardship director. “It’s the latest in a long line of public access projects along the Missisquoi that the NFCT has taken on since its inception. We can’t stress enough how grateful we are to the landowner, UMATR and the Basin Program for making this work possible.”

“We are so appreciative of NFCT’s willingness and ability to help us improve access; knowing there will be a skilled crew available to do the work means we can connect with our communities, learn about their needs and desires, and then readily implement projects that increase both protection and enjoyment of our rivers,”  said Lindsey Wight, UMATR’s executive director.

The Troy site now features 15 large stone steps that will make putting in and taking out easier for paddlers, and improve overall access for all users. It also provides a takeout point for bypassing the dam downstream. The project creates more options for paddlers, including a full day trip from Lowell or a half day trip from Westfield; in this reach, the river is primarily moving flatwater as it courses through floodplain forests and lush farm fields, with wonderful views of the Northern Green Mountains.

To learn more about upcoming stewardship projects, contact Noah Pollock at noah@northernforestcanoetrail.org.