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Canoeing and Kayaking Mad River Valley

Kayaking Mad River Valley

As the weather continues to warm, the foliage begins to green, and the Winooski and Mad rivers begin to swell, thoughts turn to canoeing and kayaking Mad River Valley.

Now, of course, in the spring, the run-off takes our otherwise fairly friendly waterways and makes them a bit more exciting, producing the kinds of action more suited to white-water enthusiasts. Fed by melting mountain snows, Mad River’s name becomes more descriptive, a more accurate a moniker, and the canoes and kayaks that get out on these rivers at this time are in for some challenging rides.

This period of spring run-off usually lasts for just a short time, however and, as we move on towards summer, a more sedate and moderate experience can be had – and where better to be during a hot day but out on the water?

A tour down the Mad or Winooski rivers can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to exercise and relaxation. Who can argue with getting out into the great outdoors during one of the most beautiful times of the year, in one of the most beautiful places in Vermont – but I suppose we could be a little biased on that last.

Paddlers enjoy the rivers and bodies of water like Blueberry Lake and Waterbury Reservoir. Blueberry Lake, in particular, is right near West Hill House B & B: a man-made lake of clear water, Blueberry Lake is the perfect compliment to a hot, summer’s day. It’s a great spot for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, tubing – what have you; any non-motorized water sport is welcome.

Further, guided trips on the water can be easily had on many of the nearby lakes and rivers. We have an arrangement with Clearwater Sports for just such a trip. They can be your guides for exploration or just to set you up for your own adventures. A full-service outfitter, they can provide all the equipment you need and full instructions: canoes, kayaks, safety vests, maps, and more. Even a local shuttle service is available, if you so desire.

If a guided tour is what you’re after, please call us at least a week in advance in order to reserve you place on one of their Mad River or Winooski River paddling tours. If your group consists of 8 or more people, you can be met downriver after your trip by a delightful, barbecued feast! Call for details and pricing if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.

So come one, come all: the time for canoeing and kayaking Mad River Valley is nearly upon us and West Hill House B & B is here to help you make the most of you spring and summer visit!

Our thanks to Clearwater Sports for the photo of kayakers going under the Waitsfield covered bridge.

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