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This small but important river access makes sure paddlers and anglers can safely access the Connecticut River. The property features a path to bypass the Wyoming Dam, where rebar dangerously juts into the river.
Before this project, boaters had to struggle up a steep bank, causing erosion and gaining the ire of local landowners. Thanks to Vermont River Conservancy’s site improvements here, paddlers can safely get around the dam.
The portage trail includes granite steps, a gravel path, split-rail fencing, and plantings of northern white cedar.
A take-out is located immediately upstream on the Vermont side, where there is a small landing marked by stone steps above the bridge. At high water, it is possible to take-out slightly upstream in a small cove. Follow the portage trail up steps and across Route 102, using caution when crossing the highway. Descend down to a sandy beach to put in downstream of the dam.
This is generously allowed public access across private land. Please be considerate of private landowners and stay on the portage trail.
This project made possible thanks to the support and partnership of:
This access is across private land. Please be respectful of the landowners. Take all your trash with you, and leave the site better than you found it. There is no bathroom here. Please plan ahead.
The portage is around the Wyoming Dam just downstream of the Guildhall/ Northumberland Bridge, which connects Route 102 in Vermont with Route 3 in New Hampshire. There’s only one parking space here. If parking is full, please do not park at the private home nearby. Park along the public road at the county courthouse.