The Northern Forest Canoe Trail invites you to join in one of six Waterway Work Trips across four states this summer. These trips offer paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts a chance to explore the natural world, meet people with similar interests and help complete meaningful stewardship projects along the NFCT.
Trips begin on Fridays and end on Sundays — we charge a small registration fee to help us cover the cost of meals. Participants are responsible for bringing their own paddling and camping gear, but we provide the tools and lead the work. If you sign up, you’ll be joining our stewardship team, which is led by Noah Pollock and includes our crew leader and seasonal interns, as well as some long time local volunteers.
Outside of the work itself, the trips allow time for paddling, exploration and relaxation.
Here’s this year’s Waterway Work Trip slate:
- July 2-4, Saranac River Union Falls Campsites, NY: Improve two campsites on beautiful Union Falls Pond with tent pads, access trails and privies, while exploring what this wonderful Adirondack lake has to offer.
- July 9-11, Clyde River Portages, Vt.: Improve portage trails providing passage around two dams and rapids, while exploring and camping along scenic Clyde Pond.
- July 16-18, Connecticut and Upper Ammonoosuc Campsites, Vt./NH: Stay at the Samuel Benton campsite, one of the finest along the Connecticut River, while building new infrastructure, including access steps, a new table and a mouldering privy.
- July 23-25, Grand Falls Carry, Maine: Camp on the beautiful “Island of the Giants” above Spectacular Grand Falls, and help with improvements to make the portage trail more accessible for all.
- July 30 to Aug. 1, Long Pond Campsites, Maine: Paddle across this beautiful lake to the Narrows, where you’ll help upgrade two campsites with tent pads, tables and mouldering privies.
- Aug. 6-8, Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal and Lamoille River, Vt.: Help behind the scenes at our Missisquoi Paddle Pedal, and then assist with maintenance at a portage around scenic Crossing Falls along the Lamoille River.
Like last year, NFCT is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our stewardship crew and participants. We anticipate conditions to be greatly improved compared to 2020, but we still ask everyone to follow all COVID-19 state guidelines, and we’re capping trips at six people each — so reserve your spot ASAP. We will refund trips if you need to cancel.
Can’t wait to see you out there!