Submitted by Noah on Thu, 2012-03-22 14:01
Trip Length (Days and Miles):
2-3 day trip
This is a great two-day trip with easy logistics. Paddlers can catch a morning or afternoon shuttle to Watston park in Hartford Vermont. From here the paddler descends the White River for a quick mile before merging into the Connecticut River. The opportunity to enjoy exploring the headwaters of some of the Connecticuts lager tributaries and islands abounds. The Paddler can also take to opportunity to make an early camp on Burnaps Island before reaching Summners Falls. Many consider Sumners Falls to be the scenic highlight of the trip. This large rocky outcropping and rapid which spans the length of the river offers a glimpse of what the middle Connecticut River was like before Hydro dams tamed all but this last section of rapids. Paddlers must portage via a short trail (1/8 mi or about 200 yards) but this provides the opportunity to explore the falls or make a lunch stop. South of the falls the river continues on with opportunities to make camp at Burnam Meadows on the right bank or continue under the Historic Cornish covered bridge before making camp at Chase Island. The trip ends at North Star HQ, so there is no need to arrange a pick up time. Paddlers can arrive whenever they choose within sight of their car.