April 23, 2018
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Northern Forest Canoe Trail offers fall paddle sampler


WAITSFIELD, Vt. — Fall foliage is just around the corner and the folks at the Northern Forest Canoe Trail have the inside scoop on the best seats in the house. Grab a paddle and view the northern forest oranges, reds and yellows from your canoe or kayak.

Here are a few of the great fall paddles you might try:

  1. New York: From the town of Saranac Lake, the Saranac River flows peacefully for 10 miles before reaching Class II-III Permanent Rapids. Paddlers journey a meandering course through mature flood plain forest, and are greeted with vistas of mountains, big and small.
  2. Vermont: Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi River delta offers coves and islands, and promises sightings of great blue heron, osprey and migrating Canada geese. Let Missisquoi Wildlife Wonders help you plan your visit.
  3. Canada: At its western end, the Missisquoi River flows through southern Quebec. Explore the Eastern Townships provides shuttle and overnight options.
  4. New Hampshire: The Magalloway River and Lake Umbagog promise sunny autumn days and crisp, wood-smoke scented nights. Hike, Bike and Paddle lets you be a weekend warrior and make the most of the season’s shortening days.
  5. Maine: Immerse yourself in the foliage by paddling the Moose River Bow Trip. This three-day, 34-mile paddling loop offers mostly flat water, with some rapids and portages on Attean and Holeb ponds and the Moose River.
  6. Got map? A successful autumn paddle starts with having good directions. NFCT publishes a guidebook and waterproof, 13-map set covering the entire 740-mile trail. Get maps individually, by state set, or get one free when you buy the whole shebang.
  7. For more information check out www.NorthernForestCanoeTrail.org

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