Canoeing & Kayaking



In the spring, white water enthusiasts take on the Mad River in their canoes and kayaks which, fed by melting mountain snows, lives up to its name. During the summer, paddlers head for Blueberry Lake and Waterbury Reservoir or enjoy guided trips on nearby lakes and rivers booked through local outfitters. Canoes and kayaks can be rented locally and shuttle service is available.

Clearwater Sports (802) 496-2708

Guided trips & retail/rental canoe, kayak, standup paddleboards and river tubes

Take a guided trip down the Winooski or Mad River and enjoy the beauty of Vermont’s natural landscape. Our experienced guides will give you the instruction you need to safely navigate the river as you spend the day in the Vermont wilderness. All you need to do is pack a lunch and wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no flip-flops, please). We’ll take care of the rest! Guided tours take place daily , leaving at 10:30 am and returning at approximately 3:30 pm. Nothing is more fun and relaxing then floating down the scenic Mad River on a river tube.. Let Clearwater Sports bring you to the perfect starting point and pick you up two hours later as you drift down this wonderful stretch of the river. Our tubes are cloth-covered so there is no chafing on the hot rubber, and we even have tubes designed to float your refreshments with you! Kids are welcome with tubes of all sizes. This stretch of the river features a few easy rapids and some quick water, but also plenty of smooth stretches for some sunbathing. Reservations required.  

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga

Classes will meet at Blueberry Lake where you will get your gear and then paddle ten to fifteen minutes to warm up and get to one of our favorite protected spots on this beautiful Lake. The yoga instructor will then lead a moderately paced Vinyasa Yoga Flow. This flow is designed for all levels of students. This will be followed by a cool down paddle back to our start off point. Classes are approximately 90 minutes long and include board, paddle and PFD. Please arrive at Blueberry Lake ten to fifteen minutes early to get your equipment into the water. Please bring your own sunblock, appropriate clothing (be prepared to get wet!), towel, and water (please no plastic water bottles). Some pre-requisites include knowing how to swim.  All levels of yoga students are encouraged to join.    

Umiak Outdoor Outfitters (802) 253-2317

Umiak Outdoor Outfitters is Vermont’s outdoor adventure center. We are a full-service outfitter offering retail sales, demos, safety instruction, tours, rentals, children’s / custom programs and more. Our staff is comprised of some of New England’s top trained and respected outdoor enthusiast who love any opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with others. ​