By Karrie Thomas
At the end of September, a group of Northern Forest Canoe Trail staff and board members were hoping to paddle to an NFCT campsite on Eagle Point on Lake Memphremagog in Newport, Vermont. But we only had a few hours and the wind was blasting 20 mph gusts across the lake from the northwest. We knew it would be a battle getting out and around the point, and a wild ride coming back in the chilly wind.
A stop at Beans by the Border Coffee Shop on Main Street provided delicious coffee and great advice about an alternative trip from co-owner Paul Dreher.
South Bay of Lake Memphremagog was protected from the day’s driving wind. We put-in at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife South Arm Access Area launch at 619 Coventry Street in Newport. The shores here are a mix of light industrial buildings and residential houses interspersed with forested banks. The late September sun warmed us as we rounded a point in search of the opening to the Black River. Read more