Vermont Outdoor Guide Association
(VOGA) is a non-profit association of self employed outdoor professionals and services.
Potential guide members must qualify to join. While we take pride in the quality and the
variety of our members services, it is up to you to choose the service that you feel
the most comfortable with. Plan ahead and ask questions regarding your outing. VOGA
members appreciate your interest and are happy to assist you. Our members are experienced
professionals who truly enjoy sharing their knowledge with people like you to create a
memorable experience that will draw you back to the woods and waterways again and again.
Vermonts natural beauty and
variety of terrain is something that we all, Vermonters and visitors, take pride in. It is
important to remember that we are all stewards of the natural resources that we pass
through. Our members are glad to help you to understand the meaning of stewardship and how
it can be applied to the various resources. Dont be afraid to ask questions and be
sure to listen.
Our members observe national standards of use
to lessen the impact of guided activities on private and public lands and promote safety,
while maintaining the quality of the guests' outdoor experience. We endeavor to "stay
off the beaten path", thereby, avoiding over used areas and giving you an
It is important to understand that
approximately 80% of Vermont lands are owned and managed privately. It is a good
idea to ask permission from private landowners before you enter their land. Respect for
landowners and proper outdoor ethics will go a long ways toward continued access to
Public land, managed by local, state, and
federal governments, are in abundance through-out Vermont. Check out our link pages for
LEAVE NO TRACE
Plan Ahead And Prepare:
regulations and special concerns for the area youll visit.
Visit the backcountry in small groups.
Avoid popular areas during times of high use.
Choose equipment and clothing in subdued
Repackage food into reusable containers.
Camp And Travel On Durable Surfaces
On The Trail:
Stay on designated trails. Walk single file in
the middle of the path.
Do not shortcut switchbacks.
When traveling cross-country, choose the most
durable surfaces available: rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
Use a map and compass to eliminate the need
for rock cairns, tree scars and ribbons.
Step to the downhill side of the trail and
talk softly when encountering pack stock.
Choose an established, legal site that will
not be damaged by your stay.
Restrict activities to the area where
vegetation is compacted or absent.
Keep pollutants out of water sources by
camping at least 200 feet (70 adult steps) from lakes and streams.
Pack It In, Pack It Out:
Pack everything that you bring into wild
country back out with you.
Protect wildlife and your food by storing
Pick up all spilled foods.
Properly Dispose Of What You
Cant Pack Out:
Deposit human waste in cat holes dug 6 to 8
inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp or trails. Cover and disguise the cat hole
Use toilet paper or wipes sparingly. Pack them
out in plastic bags.
To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water
200 feet away from streams or lakes, and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter
dish water after removing all food particles.
Inspect your campsite for trash and evidence
of your stay. Pack out all trash: yours and others.
Leave What You Find:
Treat our natural heritage with respect. Leave
plants, rocks and historical artifacts as you find them.
Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a
site should not be necessary.
Let natures sound prevail. Keep loud
voices and noises to a minimum.
Control pets at all times. Remove dog feces
from trails or camping areas.
Do not build structures or furniture or dig
Minimize Use And Impact of Fires:
can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Always carry a lightweight stove for
cooking. Enjoy a candle lantern instead of a fire.
Where fires are permitted, use established
fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. Do not scar large rocks or overhangs.
Gather sticks, no larger than an adults
wrist from the ground.
Do not snap branches off live, dead or downed
Put out campfires completely.
Remove all unburned trash from the fire ring,
and scatter the cool ashes over a large area well away from the camp.
For More Information and Materials Call "Leave No
Trace" At: 1-800-332-4100
We try to offer something for everyone,
but some of the guided activities do demand a certain minimum level of fitness. If you
have to push yourself beyond your limits, then the adventure is probably neither safe nor
fun. With that in mind, your guide will make every effort to tailor an itinerary which
will be appropriate to you. All outdoor activities involve inherent risks and dangers that
can result in injury and sometimes death. If you have any physical limitations it is up to
you to inform your guide. Be honest with yourself and your chosen service and make the
most of your trip. We remind you: "you are responsible for your own
safety". You will be required to sign our waiver form before embarking on
Your guide service will furnish you
with a list of suggested clothing, recommended reading, and equipment required for your
outing. In general, your gear should be in good repair, particularly rain gear and
footwear. Outdoor wear should be rugged but comfortable, and you should include several
light layers for cooler seasons. Some equipment may be available for rent or supplied in
Trip fees vary with your choice of
outing and company. Take your time and shop around and ask what is included in the trip
fee. No surprises make the best trips. Gratuities for guides are always appreciated but
never expected, and entirely at your discretion.
Reservations, Cancellations & Refunds
Be sure that you take the time to read,
understand and save all of the conditions of your chosen program. They will vary between
the many services. Again, NO SURPRISES.
These vary with your choice of
activities. Bed & Breakfasts or Country Inns lend themselves well in many cases, while
camping out is standard in others. Delicious meals are provided by inns, area restaurants,
Vermont's finest outdoor catering services, or by the guides themselves. Most inns base
their rates on double occupancy, so you should expect to pay more if you are traveling
alone or choose not to share a room.
Our members have developed programs to
accommodate everyone: individuals, couples, women's groups, families, senior citizens,
clubs, corporate retreats, small groups, and large groups. Minors must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian. Just tell us what you need, well be glad to help.
Outdoor Guide Association
P.O. Box 10
North Ferrisburg, VT. 05473
1 800-425-8747 (802) 425-6211