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The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Long before Newport and Island Pond became railroad towns, they were part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail -- a 740 mile waterway linking 22 rivers and streams and 56 lakes and ponds, including Lake Memphremagog and the Clyde river. It follows the traditional east-west water routes used by Native Americans and early settlers in the Northern Forest Region, from the Adirondacks to Northern Maine.

One of the things we love to do on a good weather day is paddle our kayak or canoe along the glorious stretches of “Trail” that run through our area. Out on the lake itself, we add in a little sailing and motor boating. Rentals of kayaks, canoes, motorboats and sailboats are all available locally at modest prices, by the hour, by the day, and by the week.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Map


The Trail links communities and wild places. It passes through hills and mountains, forests, farmlands and village centers, offering canoeists and kayakers a lifetime of paddling destinations and adventures. Overnight lodging ranges from primitive campsites, to lovely inns, with overnight options roughly every 15 miles.

Here are some of the local rental options for kayaks, canoes motor boats and sailboats

Rentals are available from Clyde River Recreation, Newport Marine Services. Each offers a good selection of kayaks, canoes, and motor boats.

Clyde River in East Charleston will transport kayaks and other vessels up river or to wherever you want to use them.
Newport Marine Services has two wonderful Pontoon Boats and a bow rider that are great ways to see our Kingdom’s “Great Lake.” They also rent kayaks.
Newport Recreation Department has added to the options available by renting sailboats at Prouty Beach during the summer. For our money, that is the most fun way to see and feel the lake, if the wind is right.


Clyde River Recreation, Newport, VTNewport Marine ServicesNewport Recreation Department


For more information about the Trail itself and for great maps, click here