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.

Please note that we ask all participants to follow COVID-19 state guidelines, particularly mask requirements for non vaccinated participants. Trips will be refundable should you need to cancel. Together we can have a safe stewardship season!

2021 Waterway Work Trips

July 2-4, Saranac River Union Falls Campsites, NY: Improve two campsites on Union Falls Pond with tent pads, access trails, and privies, while exploring what this under appreciated Adirondack lake has to offer.

July 9-11, Clyde River Portages, VT: Improve portage trails providing passage around two dams and rapids, while explore and camping along scenic Clyde Pond. Full.

July 16-18, Connecticut and Upper Ammo 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 moldering privy.

July 23-25, Grand Falls Carry, ME: Camp on the remote and 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, 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. 2 spaces available. 

Aug. 6-8, Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal and Crossing Falls Carry, VT: Camp at the beautiful Brownway campsite in Enosburg. and help behind the scenes at our Missisquoi Paddle Pedal on Saturday, a wonderful community event in Richford. There will be time to hike to a fantastic local swimming hole.  On Sunday, we will be working to improve a portage around scenic Crossing Falls along the Lamoille River in Johnson. Day volunteers also welcome either day. 5 spaces available.

Click here for an interactive map with photos and descriptions 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.