Completed Projects


Dog Head’s Falls Portage:

Dog Head Falls is a dangerous waterfall in Johnson. We worked with a private landowner and the state of Vermont to develop and maintain a portage trail around the falls to increase safety for river users. The portage trail was constructed during the summer of 2015, by VRC staff, interns from Johnson State College, and community volunteers, with materials donated by Johnson Farm and Garden. Thanks to all those who contributed!



Sloping Falls Portage:Sloping Falls is another dangerous waterfall in Johnson. We secured permission from a private landowner to developed a portage trail around the falls to increase safety for river users. Students from Johnson State College, as well as community volunteers, helped with the project. The route begins at an eddy above the “lead-in” rapids, 100 yards upstream of the falls. It connects to old old road bed adjacent to the falls. The put-in is an informal, sandy access 100 yards below the falls. Paddlers also have the option to portage both Dog Head and Sloping Falls at the same time by walking along paths that now connect to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. IMG_4430
Teeter Totter Campsite:On a beautiful day in August, 2015, volunteers joined together to construct a new campsite along the Lamoille River in Johnson. Named after a teeter totter found at the site, it is the first official campsite for paddlers along the river. Volunteers clearing tenting areas, installing a box privy, installed a picnic table, and added signage and fencing to limit ecological impacts. IMG_3384
 Elmore Pond Rd Access

Paddlers will now find flood resilient timber staircase at this launch point. Thanks to Vermont Fish and Wildlife, the Champlain Valley Natural Heritage Partnership, and the volunteers who made this project possible! September 2016

 Morrisville Rotary Access

With support from Vermont Fish and Wildlife, the Morrisville Rotary,and Champlain Valley Natural Heritage Partnership, and the help of volunteers, we replaced stairs damaged by floods and ice with a more durable design.September 2016

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Hurteau Campsite
Thanks to the hard work of staff and students from the Laraway School, community volunteers, and the generosity of a private landowner (the Hurteau family), a new campsite has been developed in Fairfax! Nestled next to a grove of black walnut trees, the campsite includes tenting areas, a removable staircase, a picnic table, box privy, and a sign-in box. October 2016


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