Waterway Work Trips

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Explore a section of the trail, 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. Advanced registration is required. Each work trip is limited to 6-8 volunteers.

While we are optimistic we will be run these work trips this summer, we will be following all state and federal social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.  In addition, to provide flexibility in your planning, all registration fees are refundable should you decide to cancel. 


2020 Waterway Work Trips

Deerland Carry (7/3-7/5): Celebrate Independence Day by helping construct new boardwalks and stone steps on this historic carry along a beautiful section of the Raquette River in the heart of NY Adirondack Mountains. Postponed to 2021 due to restrictions on volunteer trail crews and a project “freeze” by NY DEC. 

Saranac River Campsite and Carries (7/10-12): Help develop a portage around treacherous Separator Rapids and improve the existing Forest to Field campsite below High Falls.

Upper Ammonoosuc Carries  (7/17-7/19): Develop formal portage trails around the Red Dam and Brooklyn Street Dams while exploring a beautiful under appreciated river in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

North Branch Dead River (7/24-7/26): Formalize portage trails around cascades along Maine’s historic North Branch of the Dead River while camping along the gorgeous Chain of Lakes near the Canadian border. FULL

Grand Falls Campsite, Carry, and River Access (7/31-8/2 and 8/7-8/9): Stay at Maine Hut and Trail’s Grand Falls hut at night, and work on projects near Dead River’s spectacular Grand Falls, including a new paddler campsite, improvements to the portage trail, and repairs to a set of access steps.

More info will be posted in early March about each work trip.

Click here to reserve your space today — space is limited!

Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions, please contact Stewardship Director Noah Pollock at [email protected] or 802-496-2285×2

Scroll through the story map journal below to learn more about each work trip!