Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal and Richford River Festival

The 2019 Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal takes place on Saturday, June 22 in Richford, Vermont. This family-friendly event combines 6.5 miles of paddling down a Wild and Scenic section of the Missisquoi River and 5 miles of cycling on the adjacent Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail.

Bring your family, gather a team of friends, or come by yourself to race or simply ramble – all participants will go home with a prize!

The paddle-pedal is part of the Richford River Festival (11 a.m.- 2 p.m.), which features live music, kids activities, workshops, lunch, and more!

Check in for participants starts at 8:15 a.m at Davis Park in Richford, the safety talk is at 9:15 a.m., and the event starts at 9:30 a.m. at the same place.

Route Overview

Boat and Bike Rentals

  • Rent a bike from Jay Cloud Cyclery
  • $10 boat rentals are available from Montgomery Adventures with an advance registration. Bike shuttling (to the take-out point) and boat shuttling (back to the start line) provided.

Buy Tickets

  • Tickets cost $20 online for adults and $25 day of. Children pay $10 either way. Buy tickets.
  • Proceeds will support waterway stewardship projects along the NFCT.

Lodging and Camping

  • Discounted lodging available across the street from Davis Park at Grey Gables Mansion, or camp 20 minutes away at peaceful Lake Carmi State Park (Walk-in registration for camping is fine; no need for two night reservations.)


Want to participate but not paddle and pedal? We need volunteers to make this event happen. Volunteers are needed to help with race timing, registration, and staffing road crossings. E-mail [email protected]org for more info!

Promote the Event

Help promote the Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal by sharing our Facebook event page.

2018 event information

Last year’s event was once again a success. The river was at a great summer level, the rain held off, and the temps were just about perfect for a day on the river and bike path. Sixty-four participants paddled and pedaled, and dozens of volunteers worked hard behind the scenes to make the event happen.

The results from the 2018 event can be found here: 2018 Results

Photos taken by Michael Hranek can be found here.


Thank you 2019 partners!


Richford Conservation Commission



2017 results – See this year’s times.

2017 Photo Gallery – Images of participants by Scott Staples

Schedule and course map – Pertinent info about times and event locations

Race rules  – Find out about participant rules before you show up at the event.

Participant “classes” – Check out the category breakdown to see where you fit best.

2016 results and photos – Browse last year’s times and check out our collection of photos.

Interactive course map – Use this tool to better understand the route.

Online waivers – All participants are required to complete an adult or youth waiver.


State campgrounds

Bed and Breakfasts