Westminster Paddlers' Campsite

Westminster, Vermont

Connecticut River

Paddlers’ Trail Campsite
Paddlers’ Trail Campsite
Paddlers’ Trail Campsite
Paddlers’ Trail Campsite
Paddling Access
Paddling Access
Fishing Area
Fishing Area
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Connecticut River paddlers can camp below a rare remnant of the floodplain forests that used to grace area riverbanks
Dogs allowed on leash
Dogs allowed on leash
! Special considerations: Not all of the 15-acre parcel is open for public access. Please respect the private landowner and stay near the campsite.
  • Public access: Yes
  • Activities: camping, paddling, fishing
  • Caretaker: Vermont River Conservancy
Westminster Paddlers' Campsite Westminster, Vermont Connecticut River

Westminster Paddlers' Campsite

This scenic paddlers’ campsite along the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail is 16 river miles south of the SCA Campsite, making it an ideal stopover after a day’s paddle. Well away from roads, paddlers can enjoy the campsite’s quiet, secluded location.

In addition to the campsite, the 15-acre property has nearly 3,000 feet of river frontage, is home to one of the few remaining intact floodplain forests in the area, and has 3-acres of organic farmland. Out of respect for the private landowner who generously provides this space for paddlers, no campfires are allowed. Also, there are no outhouses here, so please either pack out human waste or bury it at least 6-inches deep and 200 feet from the river.

In addition to public access for camping, the easement protects wildlife habitat, natural communities, native flora and fauna, and ecological processes, and makes sure that Cobb Brook and the Connecticut River will always be able to meander and access their natural floodplains.

Conservation Details

  • River: Connecticut River
  • Acreage: 15.20
  • River frontage (ft): 2,750

Funding Partners

This project made possible thanks to the support and partnership of:

  • Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail
  • Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Davis Conservation Foundation
  • Tillotson Foundation
  • TransCanada Foundation
  • National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program
  • Many generous local donors

Directions

Public access is only allowed from the river. The campsite is near the mouth of Cobb Brook. To access the property, launch from Bellows Falls or North Walpole. It is a 2.7 mile paddle downstream from these sites. Alternatively, paddle 0.5 miles upstream from the access in Walpole. Look for a beach near the mouth of a tributary, and the landing is marked with campsite signage.

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