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photo of kayaking on the connecticut riverConnecticut River Trips at Wilgus State Park

Looking for adventure?  Planning a trip to a Vermont State Park?  Want to float or paddle down a wonderful and scenic river?  Don’t have your own boat?  No worries!   Read on friends…

Wilgus State Park, in partnership with North Star Canoe Outfitters, is now offering all Vermont State Park visitors spectacular kayak and canoe trips on the Connecticut River.  These specially discounted trips are our way of helping people like you enjoy and appreciate one of Vermont’s most special natural resource. 

  • Sign up in person or by phone by 6:00 p.m. the day before your trip. Get directions to Wilgus at your park's Contact Station.

  • Meet at the Pavilion at Wilgus State Park at the scheduled time and take a shuttle up river for an unparalleled scenic adventure.

  • Float and paddle at your own pace back to Wilgus State Park!

 All trips run Saturday & Sunday (4 person minimum per trip)



Trip Length


9:15 a.m.

Sumner Falls

Full Day

14 miles

$70/pp Adult Canoe or Kayak

$50/pp Child under 8

$45 - Transport your own boat

9:15 a.m.

Covered Bridge

Half Day

6 Miles

$45/pp Adult Canoe or Kayak

$35/pp Child under 8

$30 - Transport your own boat

1:00 p.m.

Covered Bridge

Half Day

6 Miles

$45/pp Adult Canoe or Kayak

$35/pp Child under 8

$30 - Transport your own boat

On a typical trip, you arrive at Wilgus by 9:00 a.m., ride the shuttle up river to a put-in just below Sumner Falls.  Your journey begins with the sound of rushing water as the river unfolds before you.  There is no whitewater, so you can relax and travel with the flow of the river.  You are enveloped in a quiet, pristine natural landscape - it's easy to forget that towns and farms are nearby.

An eagle may soar overhead, a beaver might interrupt your solitude with a slap of its tail.  You may decide to fish for the elusive Walleye or the fighting Small Mouth Bass, both denizens of the Connecticut River.  It is not uncommon to see the Great Blue Heron wading in the river's shallow, or Cormorants diving below the water's surface.  Kingfishers frequently fly overhead - you may see one clutching its dinner!

Your trip will take you by Windsor, the birthplace of Vermont.  You'll drift under America's longest covered bridge, where you can still be fined $2 for not walking your horse across.  Throughout the entire trip, Mount Ascutney looms in the distance, creating photo opportunities around each bend.  You may stop along the way to explore one of the sandy islands or rock ledges; you can stay for a swim and a picnic.

As your journey ends at the Wilgus State Park Canoe Access, simply pull your boat to shore.  Take a deep breath and note how relaxed you are after your day on the river.  This is the experience we wish to share with you  - once you've experienced the Connecticut River Adventure, you'll start planning your next trip at once!

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