Belknap Nulhegan Mouth

Sherry Belnap and Steve LibbyName of Project: Belknap Nulhegan Mouth

Location: Bloomfield, VT

River: Nulhegan

Type of Project: Fishing and Boating Access, Parking and Campsite

Public Access: Yes

Date Completed: 2007

Size: 2.3 Acres

Water Frontage: 1,000′

Landowner: Darlene and Karen Belknap

Funding Partners: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Upper Connecticut Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, Connecticut River Joint Commissions Partnership Program, Trout Unlimited

Property Description: Just upstream from the mouth of the Nulhegan River, this 2.3-acre parcel includes extensive shorelands and an island, once the site of a large lumber mill. It includes a pull-out/parking area that provides access to a paddle boat access across the street on the Connecticut River.

Project Background: Sherry Belknap, a VRC board member and his wife, Darlene, owners of the DeBanville General Store, made this transaction possible. The Nulhegan River, with headwaters n the protected former Champion lands, is one of Vermont’s finest “bench-mark” rivers, a river against which the health of all others could be measured. This was the first easement acquisition of the “Nulhegan River Corridor Conservation Project” which involves the acquisition of river corridor easements and fee simple interests in land to defend the corridor against unwise development. The goal is to conserve and protect for future generations water quality, recreational access, wildlife habitat corridors, forested riparian buffers, archeological resources, and scenic views along the historic and ecologically significant Nulhegan. nulhegan-by-annette-lorraine-resized1

Directions: Take US Route 2 East out of Montpelier. Go approximately 37 miles to St. Johnsbury. Turn left at Railroad Street/US Route 2. Turn right on Portland Street. Follow Route 2 through Lunenburg and Guildhall. Just after crossing the Nulhegan River and before the intersection with Route 105, there is a parking area on the left with a kiosk describing the area. The access is a 50-foot wide strip that runs along the Nulhegan River.

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