Recreating on the water is a fun way to spend time and cool down during the warmer months in Vermont. Vermont's lakes beckon, from Lake Champlain stretching along the western border to Lake Willoughby in the north and Spruce Lake in the southern region - and all the ponds, rivers and lakes in between. Whether you want to kayak, canoe, sail, or paddle-board, be sure to check out Vermont State Parks to find a body of water that's most appropriate for your desired activity.
Parks with Boating
Vermont has plenty of lakes, ponds and other waterways that permit a visitor to enjoy by boat. Learn more about the parks that are boat-accessible, have trailer boat launches on site, and offer paddle boat rentals.
Kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding are great ways to get out and explore Vermont's many waterways. Learn more about paddling in Vermont.
Whether you fly fish Vermont’s creeks and streams, cast from a boat on Lake Champlain, or fish from shore, the catch of the day is always fresh.
Vermont Boating Laws
Get your license or stay up to date. This guide is a helpful resource that will teach you everything from the basics to laws that are specific to Vermont.
Ride the Waves in Burlington
Families and friends gather at the Burlington Surf Club to ride the waves, go for a paddle or just enjoy the beauty of a Vermont summer.
5 Iconic Vermont Swimming Holes
Vermont is rich with swimming holes, waterfalls, and places to paddle and cast a line. These five local-loved spots in southern Vermont feature waterfalls, beautiful state forest settings, and family-friendly recreation.
Go with the Flow
Clear Water Sports helps travelers find their way along the mellow Mad River in tubes and kayaks. Go for a guided tour and enjoy the flow of the river. Just remember to bring shoes.
Canoeing to Burton Island
A trip to Burton Island has a different feel – the lack of cars and natural beauty set the area apart. Read about an adventure canoeing there for lunch and whet your appetite to visit this Champlain gem for yourself.
Paddling Adventures in Vermont
Paddling in Vermont is a great way to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the great outdoors. Get tips for your next paddling excursion with Vermont weekly Seven Days and two women who’ve made a lifestyle on the water.
Canoe Trail Connects Vermont to Canada, Neighboring States
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile waterway, stretches from Old Forge, N.Y., in the Adirondacks to the St. John River in Fort Kent, Maine, and includes 145.5 miles in Vermont. Paddle the whole thing or take one of the day trips outlined here.
PADDLING THE LAMOILLE RIVER
Go along with Seven Days and Vermont Canoe and Kayak as they take Vermonters and visitors on a paddling excursion on the beautiful Lamoille River, then plan to give it a try yourself.
Fly-Fishing in Vermont
First time fly-fishing? It’s good to go with a guide. Vermont weekly Seven Days takes you through a beginner’s first trip angling Vermont’s waterways, and presents tips and tricks for a successful trip.