Adopt The Trail

Waterway Stewards
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Waterway Stewards keep the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail open year after year. Volunteers adopt a section of the NFCT that is between a half-day to a full-day’s paddle, or approximately ten miles.

Waterway Stewards are the eyes and ears of the trail, reporting damage from flooding or vandals and the need for large-scale work projects. Stewards generally visit their segment at least twice during the paddling season (preferably spring and fall) to do general upkeep such as:

  • replacing missing or damaged signs
  • clearing portage trails of blowdowns or overgrowth
  • picking up trash
  • maintaining paddler campsites

For their efforts, Waterway Stewards receive the following:

  • Annual NFCT Membership
  • NFCT Map that their section is in
  • Camaraderie with a very unique group of individuals
  • Better understanding of their section of the NFCT
  • Good paddling karma!

If you have a section that is close to your home, near and dear to your heart, or you just want to help maintain this beautiful resource, contact Noah Pollock to get involved. Sections up for “adoption” include:

New York

  • Raquette Lake to Forked Lake (Secondary steward): Campsite maintenance.


  • Missisquoi River (Richford-East Berkshire): Maintaining the Davis Park Access and kiosk, the Doe Campsite, and the East Berkshire landing
  • Lake Memphramagog (Perkin’s Landing to Canada border):  monitoring condition of our kiosk in Newport and the Eagle Point Campsite
  • Clyde River (Island Pond to 10 Mile Square Road): several portages, NorthWoods Landing Campsite
  • Nulhegan River (Nulhegan Pond-Wenlock): Maintaining Wenlock crossing access, monitoring conditions of portage trail signs


  • Moose River (Spencer Rips to Attean Landing): Campsite and portage trail maintenance.

The map below shows sections of the NFCT. Click on a segment to learn who has adopted it. The sections in red are in need of volunteers. Thanks!