Water Sports in Vermont
Concierge.com's insider take:
More than 800 lakes and ponds and 7,000-plus miles of rivers and streams give the Green Mountain State plenty of blue spots to play in. Canoeists might consider taking on part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a collection of waterways that runs 740 miles through parts of Vermont and forges Lake Champlain on its way from Maine to New York (802-496-2285; www.northernforestcanoetrail.org). For flat-water kayaking, Lake Champlain offers 435 square miles of mountain-surrounded splendor and numerous put-ins around Burlington; a recently developed Paddlers' Trail links campsites and other services (802-658-1414; www.lakechamplaincommittee.org). The lake is also a top sailing spot, and landlubbers can take lessons from Burlington's Community Sailing Center (1 Lake St., Burlington; 802-864-2499; www.communitysailingcenter.org). Whitewater around Vermont is relatively scarce compared to, say, Maine, but there are some good kayaking holes on the Mad River near Waitsfield and Warren; daredevils might take on Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury.