Fall Paddling Down Otter Creek: Enjoy Beautiful River Foliage

Photo by Ben Prepelka. Courtesy of Scenic USA FAA Photography.

The state of Vermont has numerous unspoiled waterways–hidden treasures that allow outdoor enthusiasts to become one with nature. Drifting down a beautiful river with picturesque views and diverse wildlife all around is a serene way to spend a fall day. If you are longing for a “nature escape” we suggest planning a canoe or kayak trip down the Otter Creek.

Otter Creek, despite its name, is actually Vermont’s longest river at 112 miles long. There are several tributaries near Swift House Inn that feed into the river as it flows down to Lake Champlain. The waters are calm and easy-flowing, making a paddling trip feasible for all ages and skill levels. There are a few different trips you can take depending on how long you want to be out on the water. All of these are close to Swift House Inn, making them great day trip options for guests staying with us this fall.

Vergennes to Lake Champlain

The put-in spot for this 9-mile trip is the No. 9 Dam in Vergennes. You will paddle south along the shoreline. See the peaks of the Adirondacks as you paddle past Basin Harbor and Button Bay. The take-out spot is the Fort Cassin Fishing Access on Lake Champlain.

Weybridge to Vergennes

Enjoy pleasant flat water on this 11 mile trip, which starts 1/2 mile downstream from the dam in Weybridge and ends above the dam in Vergennes.

Cornwall to Middlebury

This 11-mile trip is a favorite among locals. You can experience both flat and quick water and beautiful views of mountains and farmland. Put-in is at the bridge at Leicester Junction and take-out is at the Three Mile Bridge.

Otter Creek also offers superb fishing for those who are looking for a great place to drop a line this fall. Don’t miss a chance to see Vermont in the fall! Book a room with us today and experience a truly enjoyable getaway that you won’t forget.


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