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Canoe, Kayak & Boat

Canoe, Kayak & Boat

With over 700 lakes & 5,000 miles of rivers & streams, there are many beautiful options in Vermont to go canoeing, kayaking or boating! Vermont is known for its mountains and lakes, and right here, in the Killington Region, we have many scenic  adventures for the water enthusiast. Please be aware of safety guidelines when choosing your adventure. For more information on Vermont boating laws & safety, as well as tips & how-tos, please visit the Vermont State Parks website on Boating by clicking here.

 

Places to Visit in the Killington Region

Kent Pond, Rte 100 N, Killington- Kent Pond is a hundred-acre man-made body of water.  Kent Pond is located close to the botton of Killington Road and Base Camp Outfitters. If you are renting equipment and don't want to travel far this is the place to go. Kent Pond has remarketably still water which makes it easy for beginners. Around the pond you can find a variety of hiking trails and places to have a pinic. Some visitors report seeing eagles and ospreys fly overhead during their trip. Others find comfort at the bottom of the Thundering Brook Falls where rainbow and brook trout are often visable under your watercraft. Great fishing, too!

 

Colton Pond, Rte 100, Killington- Colton Pond is a small reservior, about 30 acres of surface area. Located on the South Tweed River, Colton pond is used as a recreation area for fishing and kayaking. The picture to the (right) is Colton Pond on a misty morning.

Chittenden Reservior/Leffert's Pond, Dam Road, Chittenden- Chittenden Reservior is a 721-acre reservoir with an elevation of about 1495 feet with some spots up to 25-30 feet deep. The water elevation fluctuates depending on the season and power generation needs. On the southern end of Chittenden Reservoir is Lefferts Pond, which is a 49-acre impoundment with a large wetland area. Lefferts Pond is a shallow pond of only 10-12 feet. Access: To access the Chittenden Reservoir, take the Dam Road out of the Village of Chittenden. Follow the road about 2 miles until you see a sign and road for the boat ramp on the right side, at this point you will be at the foot of the concrete spillway. Turn right up the boat launch road to the parking area at the dam.  The access ramp and parking area are on lands owned by Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, so please respect and rules they have developed for use of the launch and parking area. A remote access for non-motorized craft only is also available to the south end of Chittenden Reservoir and Lefferts Pond.  From the Village of Chittenden, take the Dam Road about 1.4 miles to the junction with Wildcat Road. Turn right onto Wildcat Road and travel easterly about 0.9 miles to the junction with a gravel road on the right. Turn right onto the road and pass through the open gate and travel about 0.7 miles to a parking area located between Chittenden Reservoir and Lefferts Pond. Motor boats are strongly discouraged.

Echo Lake, Camp Plymouth State Park, Plymouth- Camp Plymouth is located on the northern end of the long and skinny Echo lake. The lake by the day use area is small and sheltered and the park rents a kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats. There is a large beach, wide expanses of grassy lawns and a snack bar. Motor boat rentals are avialable at the Camp Plymouth.

Amherst Lake, Rte 100, Plymouth- Amherst Lake is next to Echo Lake. About the same size as Echo Lake; Amherst Lake is surrounded by lush green mountains. The lake waters are characterized as calm, cool waters with warm summer winds that make it ideal for boating. The Hawk Inn and Mountain Resort provides a 70-acre nature preserve and access to the Black River which feeds into the lake. The Hawk Marina offers residents and guests more than 25 watercrafts available for use. However, motor boats are strongly discouraged on the lake to ensure safety and preserve the environment. The Hawk Marina is located on the northern tip of the lake off of Scout Camp Road. Surf bikes and a water-tramoline are also available.

 

Canoe, Kayak & Boat Equipment, Rentals & Services

  • Base Camp Outtfitters (Killington Road/Rte 100)
  • Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (Woodstock Ave/Rutland)
  • Mountain Top Inn & Resort (Dam Road/Chittenden)
  • Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort (Rte 100-S/Amherst Lake)
  • Plymouth State Park (Rte 100-S/Echo Lake)
  • Mountain Travelers (Woodstock Ave/Rutland)

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