Veterans of All Wars River Access And Easement Area

Name of Project:  Veterans of All Wars River Access And Easement Area            

Location:  Richford, VT       

River:   Missisquoi River

Type of Project:  Public Access, fishing, boating, campsite

Public Access:  Yes

Date Completed:  2017

Landowner:  Michael Hranek

Project Description:  This was a public access and river corridor conservation project along the Missisquoi River in downtown Richford. It allowed the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to complete the development of a critical portage trail, while creating a new community gathering space along the river. VRC secured a conservation easement on a 0.5-acre portion of a property bordering the river. The property serves as a take-out for a beautiful six mile paddle from the Canadian border to town. It also provides access to the river for anglers – both bank fishing and wading. The easement grants the right to establish a portage trail around the Class III rapids in town, and the right to establish a primitive campsite for paddlers and others (by permission of the VRC). The easement also prevent developments of the river’s floodplain,  established a 25’ riparian buffer, and protects the scenic vista from the Richford Overlook Park under development. By request of the landowner, the site is named in honor of our nation’s veterans. The landing is now called “Leatherneck Landing”.

 Directions: Follow Route 105 North to Richford. Park on Main St (across from town hall) and access the property via the Overlook Park, or park behind Sunoco Gas Station to follow stairs to the rail trail corridor and the property. The property is located along the Missisquoi Rail Trail extension (under development).

Funding Partners: Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild

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