Welcome to The Vermont River Conservancy

We are a statewide, water-focused, nonprofit land trust supported by people, like you, who believe that the protection of exceptional shore land is essential to the quality of life in Vermont. With your help, we can continue to protect popular swimming holes, breathtaking gorges, magnificent waterfalls, fishing and boating accesses, paddlers’ trails, wildlife corridors, watersheds and so much more. We also seek to improve Vermont communities’ flood resiliency by actively exploring new conservation approaches that convert flood-threatened private property to public open space for recreation and public access. Since 1995 financial and volunteer support have enabled us to work in cooperation with landowners to conserve 78 important sites throughout Vermont. With you as a partner, we can do even more. By contributing or volunteering, you can help us assure that Vermont will have the quality of life that we all have come to enjoy and expect.
UPDATE! Click here to read about how VRC is operating with the current COVID-19 pandemic, and review guidelines for swimming hole visitors below. 

Latest News

Introducing VRC’s 2021 summer swimming hole steward, Reilly Butler!

I have lived my whole life in Vermont, I grew ... more »

Staff Departure, Year-End Review and More in our Latest Newsletter

Read our 2020 year-end newsletter here. And if you want ... more »

Maggie Citarella’s visit to the North Branch Cascades

The day that I visited the North Branch Cascades ... more »

North Branch Cascades Trail is Open!

This has been a very popular time for the one-mile ... more »

River Access video featuring our own Noah Pollock!

Here’s a wonderful video created by Lake ... more »

Privy installed at the North Branch Cascades Trail

We’re so happy to see folks out on our North ... more »


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