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Small Lake Paddling


photo of boating on a small alkeGetting your kids out on the water can open up a new world of exploration and fun. A great way to get started is to try out canoeing, kayaking, row boating or paddle boating on one of the many small lakes and ponds in Vermont State Parks.

Many state parks have boat rentals, including paddles and PFD's, so you don't even need your own boat.

Butterfly nets, fishing poles, buckets and a favorite toy, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or two are great accompaniments to keep your kids happy and engaged while in a boat.

Below we list some recommendations of great places to get your family started:


Brighton State Park
Lake Elmore State Park
Ricker Pond State Park
Waterbury Center State Park




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Camp Plymouth State Park

Emerald Lake State Park
Half Moon State Park
Lake Shaftsbury State Park
Lowell Lake State Park
Silver Lake State Park

Woodford State Park


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