Splash, paddle, and fish in our fresh, cool waters.
Paddling & Fishing
The Winooski and Huntington Rivers are by far two of the best places to canoe or kayak in the state of Vermont – and both wind right through the Western Slopes region. Half- or full-day paddles will take you through hardwood forests, farmland, and several small towns. Deep pools and dams offer good fishing holes, and there are several pretty resting spots along the way. The rivers have a nice combination of slow, wide sections for a leisurely paddle, and faster spots with class I and II rapids for kayaking and rafting.
On a hot day, calm sections of the Winooski and Huntington Rivers offer easily accessible spots for a picnic and a dip. The Bolton Potholes are also a popular spot for basking on pebbly beaches and cooling off in a series of large, rock bowls filled with the steady waterfalls of the Joiner Brook. The waterfalls and pools of the Huntington Gorge may look like a good idea, but the scores of drowning deaths that have taken place in those deceptive waters suggest otherwise. Best just to admire their beauty from the banks instead.
You don’t need a boat to get downstream. Grab an inner tube, some sunscreen and water, and take a leisurely float down the Winooski River. Be sure to check water levels for safety before you go.