Richford River Fest Celebrates Missisquoi

The town of Richford is hosting its annual River Fest celebration on Sat., June 21, 11am–2pm in Davis Park. The River Street portage in downtown Richford, Vt.festival celebrates the community of Richford and the Missisquoi River with fun and free activities for all ages. The non-profit Northern Forest Canoe Trail will be on hand as the Missisquoi River is a popular destination for local paddlers, and a part of the 740-mile water trail.

The River Fest is a free event and includes workshops on fly-fishing, canoeing, birding, nature photography, wild edible identification, water insects, and opportunities to learn more about the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. There will also be children’s activities, a bake sale and BBQ, and music by Bob Gesser.

Come and learn more about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s plans this summer to install a stone staircase on the Missisquoi River, thanks to a private landowner in town.  Once complete the project will make it easier to access the water for paddlers, birders, fishermen, and recreationists of all kinds.

At 2pm, the public can join a paddling trip with Montgomery Adventures. The local outfitter will have boat and gear rentals available for a fee.

The festival is sponsored by the Richford Conservation Commission. To learn more contact 802-848-3993 or [email protected].

The Missisquoi River is one of four rivers that make up the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Vermont, including the Clyde, Nulhegan, and Connecticut Rivers. Since its establishment in 2000 the Trail has attracted paddlers from around the world including those who attempt to tackle the entire 740-miles in one trip. Richford is an important point on their journey as they near the Canadian border.


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