Canaan River Access

Name of Project: Canaan River Access   Canaan River Access

Location:  Canaan, VT

River:  Connecticut River

Type of Project:  Paddlers’ Access and Boat Launch

Date Completed:  January 2012

Size:    2.5 Acres

Water Frontage:   550’

Landowner:  Town of Canaan; Easement held by Vermont River Conservancy

Funding Partners: Funded by Tillotson Foundation, Davis Foundation, Plum Creek, the Upper Connecticut Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, and individual donors.

Property Description:  This parcel in Canaan, Vermont serves as an important boat launch in the area. For years, anglers and paddlers have been parking illegally on this privately owned land, causing tensions and disputes between recreationalists and the landowner. The Vermont River Conservancy transferred the property to the town of Canaan and orchestrated site improvements, including a parking lot for paddlers and snowmobile users, an official boat launch, a portable toilet, a kiosk that contains a map and site etiquette expectations, and a riparian buffer planted with native species to provide wildlife habitat and to protect water quality.

Directions:  This boat launch is located in the heart of Canaan village, downstream of the Rt 114 bridge that crosses the Connecticut River and connects Canaan VT to West Stewartstown, NH.  Access the river via a loop road to the west of this bridge. This road down to the river must be kept clear for emergency vehicles; park in the parking area downstream of the loop road.

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