Waterway Work Trips

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Explore the natural world, meet people with similar interests and help complete meaningful work along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail this summer! Join our staff, interns and other volunteers for a weekend of field work. A small fee covers all meals, including Friday dinner, Saturday meals, and Sunday breakfast. Trips begin Friday evening and wrap up after lunch on Sunday — and we always make time for paddling, exploration and relaxation. Note trips are limited to 6-8 volunteers, and can fill up quick!

Please note that we ask all participants to follow COVID-19 state guidelines. Trips will be refundable should you need to cancel due to COVID exposure. Together we can have a safe stewardship season!

2022 Waterway Work Trips

June 17th, Lamoille River’s McCuin Island, VT (Day Project): Help with a habitat restoration and campsite development project on McCuin Island, along the Lamoille River in Johnson. 9:30 AM-1:00 PM. To receive more information and to RSVP, contact Noah Pollock at [email protected]

June 24th-26th, Lake Champlain’s Valcour Island Campsites, NY: Help complete critical maintenance at a series of campsites on Valcour Island, one of the most scenic and historic islands in the lake. We will be paddling to the island as a group and setting up camp for the weekend.

July 1-3, Saranac River Union Falls Campsite, NY: Construct a new campsite on Union Falls Pond, an under appreciates Adirondack gem nestled beneath Whiteface Mountain. While camping at Bear Point, a paddle in site, you will help build tent pads, clear an access trail, and assemble a fire ring for a new site. There will be ample opportunities to explore what this quiet Adirondack lake has to offer.

July 8-10, Nulhegan River Headwaters Campsite, VT: Stay at the cozy Nulhegan Confluence Hut while building a new campsite along the wild and meandering headwaters of the Nulhegan River. This is a great project for those who enjoy carpentry! Two openings!

July 15-17, Brownway Access and Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal, VT: Help behind the scenes at our annual Missisquoi Paddle Pedal. Then, help install a set of stone steps and a boat slide at the Brownway Access in Enosburg. We will be camping at the Brownway campsite, a peaceful gem nestled in a restored floodplain forest, where bird life abounds. Day volunteers are also welcome.

July 22-24, Colebrook CT River Access, NH: Camp at Lyman Falls, one of the nicest sites along the Upper Connecticut River, and help install a new bridge at popular river access to the Upper Connecticut River in Colebrook, NH. We’ll be sure to leave time to paddle along the river’s upper reaches, home to trophy trout and mountain vistas. Full

July 29th to 31st Long Pond Campsites, ME: Paddle across this beautiful lake to the lake’s Narrows, where you’ll help upgrade two campsites with tent pads, tables, and moldering privies along this scenic and historic waterway east of Jackman. Full

Aug. 5-7, Moosehead Lake West Shore Campsites, ME: Camp at the Birches Resort in Rockwood on incredible Moosehead Lake, and help upgrade the NFCT Baker Brook campsite as well as complete maintenance at Hardscrabble Point campsites on Kineo Island and on Farm Island. This is a joint project with the Maine chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Full

Click here for an interactive map of these projects.

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions or want to be added to a waitlist for full trips, please contact Stewardship Director Noah Pollock at [email protected] or (802) 496-2285 ext. 2.