The state of Vermont has numerous unspoiled waterways—hidden treasures that allow outdoor enthusiasts to become one with nature. Drifting down a beautiful river with picturesque views and diverse wildlife all around may just be the most serene and perfect way to spend a fall day. If you are longing for a “nature escape” we suggest planning a canoe or kayak trip down Otter Creek.
Otter Creek is actually 112 miles long and Vermont’s longest river. It flows south to north and near our inn in Middlebury there are several tributaries that feed into the creek as it makes its way down to Lake Champlain. The waters in Otter Creek are calm and easy flowing, making a paddling trip feasible for all ages. There are a few different trips you can take depending on how long you want to be out on the water. All of these are close to our inn, making them great day trip options for guests staying with us this fall.
Vergennes to Lake Champlain – The put in spot for this 9-mile trip is the No. 9 Dam in Vergennes and you will paddle south along the shoreline. See the peaks of the Adirondacks as you paddle past Basin Harbor and Button Bay. The take out spot is the Fort Cassin Fishing Access in Lake Champlain.
Weybridge to Vergennes – Enjoy pleasant flat water on this 11 mile trip, which starts 1/2 mile downstream from the dam in Weybridge and ends above the dam in Vergennes.
Cornwall to Middlebury – This 11-mile trip is a favorite among locals to the area as you can experience both flat and quick water and beautiful views of both mountains and serene farmland. Put in at the bridge at Leicester Junction and take out at the Three Mile Bridge.
Otter Creek also offers superb fishing so if you are an enthusiast looking for a great place to drop a line this fall, come and check it out! Don’t miss a chance to see Vermont in the fall – book a room with us today and experience a truly enjoyable getaway that you won’t forget.