Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge

I did this beautiful all day trip years ago with the Green Mountain Club. The 16 mile loop goes down the Missisquoi River (with the current), into Lake Champlain/ Missisquoi Bay, past the big blue heron rookery then back by way of Dead Creek with a mile over and back to Highgate Springs Town Park for a chance to get out of the boat. The put in is at Louis' Landing near the National Wildlife Refuge on Rt 78. There is not really any good place to get out of the boat on this trip because it goes along the Refuge shoreline. I hope tthe extra mile over and back to Highgate Springs Town Park will give everyone a break. The waters are mostly protected and shallow unless there is a north wind during the Missisquoi Bay leg.

So I would say this is a good trip for people that have good sitting in the boat endurance and want to see birds.

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  • Cathy F.

    By the way, even in sea kayaks, Karl and I portaged around one stretch of Dead Creek where the current and strainers were particularly dangerous.

    May 28, 2013

  • Cathy F.

    Karl and I did a similar trip. We paddled with Dorothy and Ed for a short stint. Here are a few of the photos taken just during that time frame.
    Amazing place to paddle. Dead Creek proved to be a formidable challenge with strong currents (4+kts in places) and dangerous tree strainers. It's a good thing there were no small recreational kayaks on this trip as they would not have been able to handle the conditions in Dead Creek. Anyone venturing out into the rivers this week should do so with caution.

    May 28, 2013

  • Dorothy T.

    After much weather worry, it was only Ed and myself, although we ran into Cathy and Karl doing their own thing. The flood conditions made for a swift ride to the lake if we, but took some doing on the return via Dead Creek against the current. I was shocked to find no evidence of the huge heron rookery I saw years ago.

    May 27, 2013

  • Ed F.

    Good Weather, saw, blue heron, Bald Eagles, otter, 2 dear

    May 27, 2013

  • Cathy F.

    Dorothy,
    Paddle right along the shoreline when you are against the current, you'll be in the eddy most of the time. The other thing, the wetlands are likely flooded, so you can paddle over them and stay out of the main current.

    May 26, 2013

  • Dorothy T.

    The flows are still high, but beginning to fall:
    http://waterdata.usgs.gov/vt/nwis/uv?site_no=04294000

    Does anyone know how the current in the river compares with the current in Dead Creek? I.e. how hard it will be to paddle up stream?

    May 26, 2013

  • Dorothy Tod changed the time from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM

    May 25, 2013

  • Cathy F.

    At the top of the page, if you created the meetup, the is an edit link just below the title of the meetup

    May 25, 2013

  • Dorothy T.

    Ok, I am game for Monday. I am not sure how I change the day on this Meetup page. Cancel and create a new Meetup? Or just do here.

    May 25, 2013

    • Don

      There's an "edit" button just under the trip title. I'll change it to Monday ... you play with the time if you want.

      May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree that a nice day to view wildlife is what I,m seeking; would love to participate if rescheduled with better weather

    May 25, 2013

  • Cathy F.

    maybe postpone 1 day Monday is supposed to be sunny, 0% chance of rain, high of 67 degrees and wind at 13 mph from the NNW

    May 25, 2013

  • Dorothy T.

    Now there is snow and flooding added to the forecast. I am inclined at this point to cancel this meetup.

    May 25, 2013

    • pam p.

      I would love to do this, but on a nice day to view wildlife. Let's do redo sometime

      May 25, 2013

  • Dorothy T.

    I just checked the weather forecast for Sunday:
    Mostly cloudy with rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 57F. Breezy. Winds from the North at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

    This will make the lake leg of this trip challenging. Waters are still cold: please wear a wetsuit or dry suit, spray skirt and PFD

    May 24, 2013

    • pam p.

      Are we going to really see much for wildlife in such cruddy weather? I am changing my RSVP to no. sorry.

      May 24, 2013

    • Cathy F.

      Looks like some fun bump if the forecast holds.....have fun! Be safe!

      May 24, 2013

  • ray g.

    I plan to be there, but I think this coincides with the stewardship trip up the ny side of lake champlain

    April 16, 2013

    • Don

      That one's on Monday

      May 24, 2013

  • Cathy F.

    decided on another paddle

    May 22, 2013

  • CKC

    As Long as I get out before the runners get to my end of town. I will be there.

    May 22, 2013

  • Ed F.

    good time of yr. to see wildlife.

    April 13, 2013

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