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Vermont canoeing, kayaking and sailing services, trips and tours are abundant. Vermont has over 700 lakes and ponds and 5,000+ miles of rivers and streams. Following is some information that will help you plan your guided or self guided outing.

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Whitewater Rafting in the Northeast
 

Abenaki Outfitters & Guide Service
Champlain Valley
Canoeing, Kayaking, Nature, Hiking, Snowshoeing

John Danyew
P.O. Box 283
Shoreham, VT 05770-0283
Phone: 802-897-7500
Email: john@abenakioutfitters.com
Web: www.abenakioutfitters.com
Abenaki Outfitters guides trips throughout Wobanakik, "The Land of The Dawn" in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. We also guide in the Adirondacks of New York. We specialize in guiding small groups or individuals. In this way, we can maintain a high quality outdoor experience.
Abenaki Outfitters is located in the heart of the Champlain Valley and we guide trips on both sides of the lake. On Lake Champlain we paddle through history traveling past a number of historic sites. We travel past a variety of wildlife habitat. Often we see many birds, including everything from waterfowl and shorebirds to sparrows and warblers. Occasionally we even see a Bald Eagle.

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Adirondac Rafting Company
New York State
Whitewater Rafting 
Bob Rafferty
7 Patch Ln., Lake Placid, N.Y. 12946 
Phone   800-510-RAFT 
Email:
rafting@adelphia.net
Web:
www.lakeplacidrafting.com
The Hudson River Gorge is a 17 mile trip through the beautiful Adirondack wilderness. The rapids range from class IV-V in April and May to class III from June through October. We limit our trips to five rafts for a more pleasant atmosphere. It is our belief that smaller groups are more appropriate for you to experience the natural wonder of our wilderness river. Please call for rates and reservations.

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Appalachian Trail Adventures
Central - Southern Vermont
Kayaking, Hiking, Health/Wellness
John Keough
P.O. Box
394, Killington, VT. 05751
Phone: 888-855-8655
Email: john@appalachiantrailadventures.com
Web: www.appalachiantrailadventures.com
Besides guided hiking ATA offers guided flat water or stream kayaking available, beginners especially welcome. Discover Vermont's unspoiled waterways. Drift down a beautiful section of the Ottauquechee River, Otter Creek or a nearby flat water pond or lake. We can customize any trip that you would like to try. Take our local 2 hour river tour or full day 7 mile padding adventures!

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BattenKill Canoe Ltd.
Southern Vermont
Canoeing, Canoe Rentals, Hiking, International Vacations
6328 Historic Rt 7A, Arlington, VT 05250
Phone 800-421-5268 or 802-362-2800
Email: canoe@battenkill.com
Web: www.battenkill.com
Professional and dynamic travel organization that operates distinctive canoe and hiking trips for individuals, groups and families. Comfortable inns, guided day trips, canoe rentals, and trips offered around the world. We combine our knowledge of the sweetest places of the outdoors with a selection of country inns and camping areas for our own special brand of hospitality. Our goal has always been to rise above the rest, to guarantee more than just an ordinary trip, to provide you with a vacation that goes beyond the mundane.

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Bert's Boats LLC
Northern Vermont, Stowe/Smugglers
Canoeing, Kayaking, Camping, Tours, Rentals & Sales
73 Smugglers View Road, Jeffersonville, VT. 05464
Phone: 802-644-8189
Email: tours@bertsboats.com
Web: http://www.bertsboats.com/
Bert's Boats, the areas first canoe and kayak tour business, and now the best! Paddle in the heart of Vermont's beautiful Green Mountains. Whether you canoe Vermont or kayak Vermont, with us you can swim, picnic, fish, or just take in our beautiful scenery. Guided or self guided tours available. Group tours of any size and 2 day overnight camping tours are available.

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Burning Bush Adventures
Vermont, New York, Maine

Wilderness Canoe & Dogsaledding Trips
Howard Cohen
204 Crescent Blvd., Bennington, VT
Phone: 413-652-7086
Email: burningbushadventures@gmail.com
Web: www.burningbushadventures.com
Burning Bush Adventures provide close encounters with God and Judaism through wilderness canoe and dog sledding trips. Participants study Torah, explore nature themes in Jewish liturgy; celebrate Shabbat, engage in prayer, meditation, and song all while canoeing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing and camping. We offer trips to families, parents & children, and school and synagogue groups. During the summer we paddle in hand made wood strip canoes on the lakes and rivers of Vermont, New York and Maine. In the winter we dogsled using hand built sleds on the lakes of Western Maine.

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Clearwater Sports
Central Vermont, Mad River Valley
Canoeing, Kayaking, Standup Paddleboarding, Tubing,  Instruction, Rentals Guided Tours, Retail Outdoor Gear & Clothing
4147 Main Street, Waitsfield, Vermont 05673
Phone: 802-496-2708
Email: clearwatersport@madriver.com 
Web: www.clearwatersports.com 
Clearwater Sports has been putting people and the outdoors together for over 37 years and is the Mad River Valley's leading retailer and provider of guided trips and instruction. Take a guided trip down the Winooski or Mad River and enjoy the beauty of Vermontís natural landscape while our experienced guides instruct you along the way. Guided tours take place daily, leaving at 9:30 am and returning around 3:00 pm. Reservations required.

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Clyde River Recreation
Providers for self-guided paddle trips, canoe and kayak rentals, group outings, fishing trips and bird watching Tours.
Northeast Kingdom

Chris McFarland
2355 VT Route 105
West Charleston, VT. 05872
Phone: 802-895-4333
Email: clyderiverrecreation@comcast.net
Web: www.clyderiverrecreation.com
Quality experience at a great price is the reason people choose our service in the NEK. Enjoy an outing without the need or expense of a guide. Our 3 hour paddle on the Clyde River is most popular and great for the whole family at all skill levels. Schedule your large group outing, small quiet get-a-way for 2, bird watching, or fishing trip with us. Shuttles run on demand on your schedule. Little notice prior to arrival is appreciated but not necessary. For more information visit our website, perhaps watch a video.

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Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Northeast Kingdom
Lodging, Mountain Biking, Team Building, Sculling, Canoeing, Kayaking
535 Lost Nation Road, Craftsbury Common, Vt. 05827
Phone: 802-586-7767
Email: stay@craftsbury.com
Web: www.craftsbury.com
Enjoy our summer trails by foot on your own or as part of a guided nature hike. Or get together a game of tennis, volleyball or basketball. Afterwards relax lakeside. Go for a swim or paddle one of our kayaks or canoes. A 4-season resort tucked beside a secluded lake in the tranquil "Northeast Kingdom." Escape the frantic pace and actively enjoy the great Vermont outdoors. The first rowing camp in North America, the Craftsbury Sculling Center remains one of the definitive training locations and experiences for scullers worldwide. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is ideally suited to meet your group's needs - no matter how many you wish to bring. We offer lodging for up to 90 guests as well as meals and meeting space for workshops, conferences, team and club training, or family gatherings.

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Green River Canoe & Kayak
Northern Vermont
Guided
Canoeing, Kayaking, Rentals and Shuttle
1073 Junction Hill Rd, Jeffersonville, VT. 05464 
Phone:  802-644-8336 Toll Free: 800-347-8266
Email: info@sterlingridgeresort.com  
Web: www.sterlingridgeresort.com/canoe.htm
Enjoy guided canoe trips for 2 1/2  to 4 hours, extend your trip for picnics, swimming or fishing options. We also offer an exclusive guided canoe trip to Boyden Valley Winery for a wine tasting and tour, Tuesdays through Sunday. Canoe and kayak rentals are available with shuttle backup. Groups are welcome and alternative times and customized tours can be arranged. Serving the public for over seven years.

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North Country Rivers
Maine
Cabins, Camping, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, ATV, Snowmobiling, Hiking, Mountain Biking , Moose Safaris and Fly Fishing
PO Box 633 Bingham ME 04920
Phone: 1-800-348-8871
Email:  
info@northcountryrivers.com
Web:
www.northcountryrivers.com
Maine White Water River Rafting on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead River Rivers in Maine! We offer Maine Vacation Packages that include River Rafting, Maine Rental Cabins, Meals, Tent Camping and RV Camping. We also offer Moose Safaris, ATV Trips and Rentals, Snowmobiling Trips and Rentals,Hiking, Biking, Fly FIshing and more. The largest recreational complex in Maine. It includes a restaurant & pub, a game room, full facilities for all campers, showers, four-season Maine cabin rentals, campground (camping, platform tents and RV camping). There is also immediate access to snowmobiling trails, hiking trails, biking trails, fly fishing (we're actually right "on" the Kennebec River), skiing, snowshoeing, moose safaris, ATV trails and more!

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Sail Lake Champlain
Northern Lake Champlain
Sailing, Rentals, Charters and Jetski Rentals
Hans Warren
3045 W. Shore Road, Isle La Motte, VT 05463
Phone: 802-928-3167
Email: sailchamplain@usa.com
Web: www.sailchamplain.webs.com
Imagine being pushed along the mystic waters of Lake Champlain by the wind, just as our forefathers did when they came to the Americas four hundred years ago, enduring the ever changing New England weather with scenic and historic views all around. Sail Lake Champlain services provided are Sailboat and Jetski Rentals and Chartering. Come and see us this season for a unforgettable experience! We provide a 27 foot sailboat that has seating for six passengers, sleeping for 5+ people, new dual stove top and range oven, ice box, new stereo/CD/MP3 system. The Balboa 27 is a modern looking cruiser that has been on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Cod and down the eastern seaboard. Our 27 foot Cabin Cruiser Sailboat made by famed designer Lyle Hess. It has cabin with a 6' 2" ceiling, capable of carrying 6 persons comfortably, modern styling, and is considered a fast and strong sailboat. A meal table that will seat 5 could be used for an on the water picnic along with the outdoor deck and seating area.

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Umiak Outfitters
Central & Northern Vermont
Kayaking, Canoeing, Snowshoeing
Steve Brownlee
849 S. Main Street Stowe Vt. 05672
Phone: 802-253-2317 Fax: 802-253-2551
Email: paddle@umiak.com 
Web: www.umiak.com 
Vermontís Leading Paddlesport & Snowshoe Center. Daily scenic river trips, lakeside rentals, car-top rentals, instructional classes, kids camps, tours, group trips, private lessons. Flat water, quiet water, whitewater. Full retail store. All staff are American Canoe & Kayak certified instructors. 5 locations in Stowe and Burlington area. Our Stowe, Vermont retail store stocks 85 models of kayaks and canoes from the world's top manufacturers. Test paddle in our backyard pond before you buy. Every day is a DEMO DAY at Umiak.

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Vermont Adventure Tours
Southern,
Central - Vermont
Canoeing, Kayaking, Ice Climbing, Orienteering, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Winter Camping,  Women's Challenges, Youth Programs
223 Woodstock Avenue Rutland VT. 05701
1-802-773-3343
info@vermontadventuretours.com
www.vermontadventuretours.com
Vermontís Only One Stop Adventure Center, specializing in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, paddling, wilderness survival, orienteering, fly fishing, adventure teambuilding, summer camps,  and wilderness medicine courses. Gentle four to five hour paddles are offered at GMRCC. Our canoe trips takes you under three covered bridges and gives participants a scenic view of Vermont from a much different perspective. Basic canoe and water navigation skills are learned. No experience necessary, canoes, personal flotation devices, and
paddles provided. This course will be scheduled for private groups upon request, it will only run with a minimum of 6 participants.

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Wilderness Learning Center
New York & Vermont
Camping, Canoeing, Nature Hikes, Survival, Wildlife Photography, Women's Challenges, Youth programs
Marty Simon
435 Sandy Knoll Road Chateaugay NY 12920 
Phone: 518-497-3179 
Web:
www.weteachu.com  
Email:
weteachu@dishmail.net 
The WILDERNESS LEARNING CENTER  is a full time school devoted to teaching groups and individuals about the outdoors. Our specialty is   wilderness survival. We run programs all year long, both here in New York and at several sites throughout the Northeast. We have Basic, Advanced, Advanced Adventure and Certification programs in wilderness survival. Also  we  run   wilderness First Aid programs for certification. We have certified Survival Instructors, Licensed New York State Guides and an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer on staff.

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Zoar Outdoor Center
Charlemont, MA.
Canoeing, Camping, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Gear
P.O. Box 245, 7 Main Street Charlemont, MA 01339
Phone: 413-339-8596
Toll Free: 800-532-7483
Email: bruce@zoaroutdoor.com
 Web: www.zoaroutdoor.com
 We're your New England adventure connection. From our convenient base in the foothills of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, we offer whitewater rafting trips, white water kayak and whitewater canoe clinics and rock climbing adventures. Our Outfitters Shop is fully stocked with the hottest whitewater boats and accessories. Our paddling school, located on Massachusetts' Deerfield River, specializes in teaching whitewater kayaking and canoeing for beginner to advanced students using a progressive approach that tailors your lesson to you.
 

 



Transport your canoe or kayak easily and safely with the perfect kayak rack.

Recommended Lodging

Safe Cold Water Paddling

Canoe/Kayak Rentals
Canoe/Kayak Sales
Clubs / Organizations
Paddling Trails
Public Land and Camping
Lakes and Rivers General Information
Sailing
Topo Maps
Vermont Boating Regulations
Vermont Swimming Holes
Vermont Waterfalls

Jetski Rentals
Lake Champlain, Isle La Motte, VT

Northern Vermont Adventure Vacations
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom offers breath-taking scenery, outstanding lodging and dining, ecotourism and agritourism.

 

Canoe and Kayak Rentals


BattenKill Canoe Ltd., Arlington, VT

Bert's Boats LLC, Jeffersonville, VT

Brighton MotorSports, Island Pond, VT

Vermont Canoe Touring Center, Brattleboro, VT

Canoe Imports, Burlington Area, VT

Clearwater Sports, Waitsfield, VT

Clyde River Recreation, Newport and West Charleston, VT

Green River Canoe & Kayak, Jeffersonville, VT

Umiak Outfitters, Stowe, Burlington, Waterbury, VT

Vermont Adventure Tours, Rutland, VT

VT Lake Region Fishing Service, Sudbury, VT.

Zoar Outdoor Center, Charlemont, MA
 

Outdoor Recreation Supply provides special pricing and services to camps, schools and government agencies to help promote paddle sports.

 

Whitewater Rafting the Northeast


Adirondac Rafting Company
Lake Placid, N.Y.

North Country Rivers
Bingham ME

Zoar Outdoor Center
Charlemont, MA

 


Middlebury Mountaineer

Kayak and Canoe Sales


Brighton MotorSports, Island Pond, VT

Canoe Imports, Burlington Area, VT

Clearwater Sports, Waitsfield, VT

Middlebury Mountaineer, Middlebury, VT

R & L Archery, Barre, VT

Umiak Outfitters, Stowe, VT

Zoar Outdoor Center, Charlemont, MA
 

 

 

 

 Recommended Lodging  

 

Northern Vermont

Quimby Country Inc., Averill, VT

Pine Crest Motel and Cabins, Barton, VT

Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, Vermont

Village Inn of East Burke, East Burke, VT

Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

Fourpeaks--Adirondack Backcountry Camps, Jay, NY

Brewster River Campground, Jeffersonville, VT

Bert's Bears Den, Jeffersonville, VT

The Parent Farmhouse B & B, Milton, VT

Seymour Lake Lodge, Morgan, VT

Little Gnesta Bed & Breakfast, Newport, VT

Holiday Harbor Lodge, North Hero, VT

Rental Home North Hero, VT

Apple Island Resort, South Hero, VT

Porch Light Property Management, South Hero, VT

Comfort Inn & Suites, St. Johnsbury VT

Harvey's Lake Cabins & Campground, West Barnet, VT

The Willough Vale Inn, Westmore, VT


Central Vermont

Mt Philo Inn, Charlotte, VT

The Mountain Top Inn and Resort, Chittenden, VT

Russel Young Farm B & B, Jerusalem, VT

The Vermont Inn, Killington, VT

Middlebury Inn, Middlebury, VT

Best Western Inn & Suites, Rutland VT

Holiday Inn, Rutland, VT

Shoreham Inn & Pub, Shoreham, VT

Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, VT

Hyde Away Inn, Waitsfield, VT

White Horse Inn, Waitsfield, VT

Grunberg Haus, Waterbury, VT

Old Stagecoach Inn, Waterbury, VT

 

 

Southern Vermont

Arlington's West Mountain Inn, Arlington, VT

Hill Farm Inn, Arlington VT

Stone Boat Farm Bed & Breakfast, Jamaica, VT

Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton, VT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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General Information
  (Please use caution and respect landowners and locals)
 

Lakes

 

 

 

Rivers


Vermont Boating Regulations and Safety

Vermont Use of Public Waters Rules

Info on Vermont's Lakes and Ponds

Aquatic Nuisance Species in VT

Recreation with the US Army Corp. Engineers

Learn about Lake Champlain

Champlain Kayak Club

Lake Champlain Navigational Charts

Lake Champlain Basin Program 

Vermont Underwater Historic Preserves 

Lake Champlain and Lake George History Site

Lake and Basin Facts

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Aquarium and Science Center

Paddling Around Lake Champlain

 

 

Kayaking in Vermont
Email: petercoleman@gmavt.net
Web:
www.petercolemanphotos.com

 

 

 


Dam Releases and Flow Reports

Directory for Vermont Paddling Trails

International Scale of River Difficulty

Safety Code of American Whitewater

Real Time Water Flow 

Recreation on The Connecticut River

Connecticut River Joint Commissions



 

 

 


Paddling Trails

Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail, The mission of the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail is to develop and maintain a trail for human-powered boats and to encourage managed access and responsible, safe recreation.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail
, The entire 700-mile length of the NFCT is passable now. It connects or has access to every major drainage in the northeast, and traverses a diversity of waterways, each historically significant to the regionís development. 

The Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail - New Englandís longest waterway, the Connecticut River, provides many opportunities for recreational exploration.

Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail Illustrated Map & Guide - The essential resource for those seeking to explore the upper Connecticut River! This map covers the river from its headwaters 280 miles south to the Massachusetts border, and includes all access points, campsites, portage trails, and information on the area.

Connecticut River Joint Commissions
, 13 maps show 70 access sites to the river in NH and VT, to help you enjoy this American Heritage River.

Green River Reservoir,
Located in the towns of Eden and Hyde Park includes approximately 5200 acres around the reservoir. Vermont's largest body of water dedicated to non motorized recreation as well as the longest stretch of undeveloped shoreline in the State. Camping!

For info on public land and camping visit the following sites;
State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources 
Green Mountain National Forest
Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) Maps
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
Vermont State Parks
Vermont Campground Association

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Clubs / Organizations

 American Canoe Association

American Sailing Association

Champlain Kayak Club

International Sailing Federation

Professional Association of Diving Instructors

Professional Paddlers Association

Vermont Paddlers Club 

 

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Whitewater Rafting

Adirondac Rafting Company
New York State
Whitewater Rafting 
Bob Rafferty
7 Patch Ln., Lake Placid, N.Y. 12946 
Phone   800-510-RAFT 
Email:
rafting@adelphia.net
Web:
www.lakeplacidrafting.com
The Hudson River Gorge is a 17 mile trip through the beautiful Adirondack wilderness. The rapids range from class IV-V in April and May to class III from June through October. We limit our trips to five rafts for a more pleasant atmosphere. It is our belief that smaller groups are more appropriate for you to experience the natural wonder of our wilderness river. Please call for rates and reservations.


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North Country Rivers
Maine

Cabins, Camping, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, ATV, Snowmobiling, Hiking, Mountain Biking , Moose Safaris and Fly Fishing
PO Box 633 Bingham ME 04920
Phone: 1-800-348-8871
Email:  info@northcountryrivers.com
Web:
www.northcountryrivers.com
Maine White Water River Rafting on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead River Rivers in Maine! We offer Maine Vacation Packages that include River Rafting, Maine Rental Cabins, Meals, Tent Camping and RV Camping. We also offer Moose Safaris, ATV Trips and Rentals, Snowmobiling Trips and Rentals,Hiking, Biking, Fly FIshing and more. The largest recreational complex in Maine. It includes a restaurant & pub, a game room, full facilities for all campers, showers, four-season Maine cabin rentals, campground (camping, platform tents and RV camping). There is also immediate access to snowmobiling trails, hiking trails, biking trails, fly fishing (we're actually right "on" the Kennebec River), skiing, snowshoeing, moose safaris, ATV trails and more!

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Zoar Outdoor Center
Charlemont, MA. /Southern Vermont

Canoeing, Camping, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Gear
P.O. Box 245, 7 Main Street Charlemont, MA 01339
Phone: 413-339-8596
Toll Free: 800-532-7483
Email: bruce@zoaroutdoor.com
 Web: www.zoaroutdoor.com
 We're your New England adventure connection. From our convenient base in the foothills of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, we offer whitewater rafting trips, white water kayak and whitewater canoe clinics and rock climbing adventures. Our Outfitters Shop is fully stocked with the hottest whitewater boats and accessories. Our paddling school, located on Massachusetts' Deerfield River, specializes in teaching whitewater kayaking and canoeing for beginner to advanced students using a progressive approach that tailors your lesson to you.

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Sailing

Sail Lake Champlain
Northern Lake Champlain
Sailing, Rentals, Charters and Jetski Rentals
Hans Warren
3045 W. Shore Road, Isle La Motte, VT 05463
Phone: 802-928-3167
Email: sailchamplain@usa.com
Web:
www.sailchamplain.webs.com
Imagine being pushed along the mystic waters of Lake Champlain by the wind, just as our forefathers did when they came to the Americas four hundred years ago, enduring the ever changing New England weather with scenic and historic views all around. Sail Lake Champlain services provided are Sailboat and Jetski Rentals and Chartering. Come and see us this season for a unforgettable experience! We provide a 27 foot sailboat that has seating for six passengers, sleeping for 5+ people, new dual stove top and range oven, ice box, new stereo/CD/MP3 system. The Balboa 27 is a modern looking cruiser that has been on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Cod and down the eastern seaboard. Our 27 foot Cabin Cruiser Sailboat made by famed designer Lyle Hess. It has cabin with a 6' 2" ceiling, capable of carrying 6 persons comfortably, modern styling, and is considered a fast and strong sailboat. A meal table that will seat 5 could be used for an on the water picnic along with the outdoor deck and seating area.

 

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International Scale of River Difficulty

This is the American version of a rating system used to compare river difficulty throughout the world. this system is not exact; rivers do not always fit easily into one category, and regional or individual interpretations may cause misunderstandings. it is no substitute for a guidebook or accurate first-hand descriptions of a run.

Paddlers attempting difficult runs in an unfamiliar area should act cautiously until they get a feel for the way the scale is interpreted locally. river difficulty may change each year due to fluctuations in water level, downed trees, recent floods, geological disturbances, or bad weather. stay alert for unexpected problems!

As river difficulty increases, the danger to swimming paddlers becomes more severe. as rapids become longer and more continuous, the challenge increases. there is a difference between running an occasional class iv rapid and dealing with an entire river of this category. allow an extra margin of safety between skills and river ratings when the water is cold or if the river itself is remote and inaccessible.

The six difficulty classes:

class i: easy. fast moving water with riffles and small waves. few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.

class ii: novice. straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed. rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are designated "class ii+".

class iii: intermediate. rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims. rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated "class iii-" or "class iii+" respectively.

class iv: advanced. intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. a fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. rapids may require Űmust'' moves above dangerous hazards. scouting may be necessary the first time down. risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. a strong eskimo roll is highly recommended. rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are designated "class iv-" or "class iv+" respectively.

class 5: expert. extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk. drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. what eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. at the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. scouting is recommended but may be difficult. swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. a very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential. because of the large range of difficulty that exists beyond class iv, class 5 is an open ended, multiple level scale designated by class 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, etc... each of these levels is an order of magnitude more difficult than the last. example: increasing difficulty from class 5.0 to class 5.1 is a similar order of magnitude as increasing from class iv to class 5.0.

class vi: extreme and exploratory. these runs have almost never been attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. the consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. for teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. after a class vi rapids has been run many times, it's rating may be changed to an appropriate class 5.x rating.

From American Whitewater.

 

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Vermont Outdoor Guide Association
P.O. Box 10
North Ferrisburg, VT. 05473
1 800-425-8747  (802) 425-6211

info@voga.org