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The Paddlers' Trail is a series of primitive campsites and access points from the river’s headwaters south to Long Island Sound. It is managed by a group of partner organizations who collaborate with trail development and stewardship. This website is designed to serve as a gateway for those seeking to explore the river. Have a great journey!

River Etiquette

The future of the Paddlers’ Trail depends on good river etiquette and campsite stewardship.

While most of the river shore is privately-owned, a number of generous landowners have agreed to host the public at primitive campsites on their land. Before heading out on the water, please review the trail’s paddler etiquette guidelines posted on the website and at many of the campsites. If you witness users disrepectful of these guidelines, please contact the appropriate site steward. Thank you!

Gilman Island Volunteer Workday - Sunday May 31st


Help build rehabilitate the Gilman Island campsite! Gilman Island, located just south of Hanover, is one of the most scenic islands on the Connecticut. This campsite was recently adopted by West Lebanon's LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School. Our primary goal is to install a new composting privy. We'll also be installing an informational kiosk and etiquette signage. Lunch included! Following the work project, there will be an optional group paddle on the river. This opportunity is limited to six volunteers.

9 AM: Meet at boat launch
9:15 -10:00: Paddle to site, load tools, gear.


Gilman Island
United States
Vermont River Conservancy, LL Bean
Gilman Island, Hanover, NH
Start Date: 
Sun, 2015-05-31

Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail WaterProof Recreation Map and Guide


Available now! The most complete and river-ready resource for your river adventures. 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 natural and cultural history.

Developed by the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, the Vermont River Conservancy, and the Vermont Department of Forest Parks and Recreation in partnership with the award winning Wilderness Map Company, this beautiful and function map is fit for both your kayak cockpit AND your coffee table.

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