Kayaking & Canoeing

Paddle Vermont’s Pristine Waters

Vermont’s lakes, ponds, and rivers provide some of the finest kayaking and canoeing opportunities in New England. The Rutland region packs plenty of opportunity and variety to explore, from small, secluded ponds to large, pristine lakes and winding rivers. Throw your kayak or canoe on the roof, or plan to rent a boat while you’re in town. Whether you choose to partake in a leisurely paddle on a flat water lake or pond, or seek out white water, you’ll love paddling in the midst of Vermont’s natural beauty.

Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing

The Chittenden Reservoir, just a short drive from downtown Rutland, provides 674 acres of clean, clear water to explore. Surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest, kayaking or canoeing on the reservoir is a unique experience; it’s a big lake in a secluded environment. A few cabins and a resort surround the west shores, but the vast majority of the reservoir is untouched and natural, making it a prime location to observe spectacular wildlife, bring your fishing pole, or take advantage of some of the unique paddle in/out only campsites.

Vermont’s terrific state park system offers great paddling opportunities in the Rutland area, some of which include kayak and canoe rentals. On the west edge of the state, check out Bomoseen, Half Moon Pond, or Lake St. Catherine State Parks, each offer full service parks with kayak and canoe rentals and camping, accompanied by spectacular views of the Taconic and Green Mountains.

White Water Adventures

For a faster paced kayaking or canoeing trip, plan an expedition down the Otter Creek or Ottaquechee Rivers. Not all sections of these rivers are paddle-friendly; we recommend doing your research or seeking out one of the excellent tour providers in our area if you choose to explore our rivers.