Missisquoi Wildlife Wonders

The Missisaquoi National Wildlife Refuge is just a 45-minute drive from Burlington, Vermont, and it provides a great opportunity for a half-day or full day paddling trip. Known as the “Bird Foot Delta,” the Missisquoi River’s mouth is marked by quiet waters and extensive wetlands. The refuge provides excellent habitat for migratory songbirds, resident mammals and other wildlife, and as such offers some of the finest wildlife viewing in the state. Refuge lands also protect the Shad Island Great Blue Heron rookery, the largest colony in Vermont.

Trip Details

  • NFCT Section: Section 4
  • Trip Duration: 1 to 2 days
  • Miles: 12.5
  • Put In: Louie's Landing, off route 78 about four miles north of Swanton
  • Take Out: same
  • Services:
    • Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
    • Bert’s Boats
    • Montgomery Adventures
  • Trail Features
    • Swanton - Sign-in Box
    • Highgate Falls Carry - Portage
    • Swanton Dam - Dam
    • Boat Ramp - Access
    • Boat Ramp - Access
    • Hand Carry - Access
    • Hand Carry - Access
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