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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Paddling
Wilgus State Park, Ascutney

On the other side of the state, the Connecticut River forms a 275-mile border between Vermont and New Hampshire. The largest river in New England, the Connecticut starts from its source in a small lake at the Canadian border and empties into Long Island Sounds 410 miles later. 

In Vermont, the northern section of the river is clear, cold and wild with abundant trout and class II – III rapids.  As it continues southward, the river becomes wider, deeper and more peaceful. Wilgus State Park is situated on a peaceful stretch of the river in Southern Vermont, where paddlers of all abilities will enjoy a single or multi-day float.  This park is a well known stop-over spot for those on multi-day river trips.  The park has cabins, tent and lean-to campsites as well as a group camping area.  Hot showers, wood and ice, canoe and kayak rentals are available.  A local outfitter also runs a shuttle service and/or arranges half day and full day river trips from the park.

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