On May 9, 2015, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is hosting its first-ever Freshet Fest, including paddling activities on the LaPlatte River in Shelburne, Vt. followed by an evening of meeting NFCT Through Paddlers—people who have paddled the entire 740-mile route in one trip—at Splash at the Boathouse in Burlington, Vt.
Since its founding in 2000, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail has documented 79 paddlers who have canoed or kayaked the entire route of connected lakes and rivers from the Adirondacks to Maine’s Allagash River. The Freshet Fest will bring together five of these intrepid adventurers for a panel discussion to share their best, worst and funniest moments on the trail.
Panelist and Wisconsin native Katina Daanen fell so in love with her adventure that she wrote a book, The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Through Paddler’s Companion, to help future paddlers. “I had always wanted to spend more time in the Northeast and the Trail gave me the opportunity to explore new states—and even a bit of a second country—at the pace of a paddle stroke.”
On-the-water events include a morning poling clinic (12 person limit) for canoeists wanting to learn this valuable skill for upstream travel, and an afternoon social paddle (all paddle craft welcome!) on the LaPlatte River in Shelburne.
Evening activities take place at Splash at the Boathouse in Burlington with an NFCT Through Paddler panel discussion, a catered dinner, followed by guest speaker Matt Hopkinson’s presentation “Upstream Challenge: 180 Miles by Canoe.”
Registration for events is required. Cost for dinner and evening presentations is $22 NFCT members /$27 non-members. Find event details and register online at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org.