Fun on The Water

Swimming, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, motorboating, waterskiing, even tubing — the Montpelier area has a body of water for just about every fresh water sport imaginable. 

Just north of Montpelier city limits is Wrightsville Reservoir, a gem of a place to spend the day with the whole family. Heading out of Montpelier north on Vermont 12, you’ll first come to the boat launch, located on the right side of the road, where you can put in motor and non-motorized boats. Continuing north up Vermont 12, you’ll see the beach area, also on the right. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, here you’ll find a sandy beach area, picnic tables and grills, shelters for rent, five miles of trails, a disc golf course, and bathrooms. Parking at the boat launch area is free, there is a modest fee for beach access and season passes are available.

You can find quiet places to paddle with loons (Green River Reservoir), accessible trails with swimming holes (North Branch Cascade Trails), or have a lazy float down the White River in Stockbridge, all within a short drive from Vermont’s capital city!

Adventure Stories

Wrightsville Beach Offers More Than Just Swimming

From Kayaking to Disc Golf: Wrightsville Beach Offers More than Just Swimming Wrightsville Recreation District is known for its easy access and sandy beach, but it’s not just about swimming. Located in Middlesex just five miles from downtown ...

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All Around Adventure

Montpelier is a hub for outdoor recreation, and is nestled in a valley where The North Branch and the Winooski rivers converge and public lands connect multiple networks of trails. Access to nature couldn’t be easier, from the Hubbard Park trails ...

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Sledding in Montpelier

The city of Montpelier was built in a valley surrounded by the Green Mountains. The various hills and slopes that make up the valley provide locals and visitors alike an opportunity to experience some of the best sledding in Vermont. From the trails ...

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Montpelier: A Hub for Downhill Skiers

When people think of Vermont, they imagine maple syrup, colorful leaves, and skiing. Vermont’s ski mountains are some of the best in the Northeast with resorts such as Sugarbush, Mad River, and Bolton; all of which are under an hour's drive from ...

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Top 10 Local Favorite Outdoor Adventures in Central Vermont

Montpelier, in the heart of Central Vermont, is surrounded by adventure. Right from downtown you can access hiking, mountain biking, gravel biking, nordic skiing, swimming, paddling, and amazing parks for walking. To add to that, Montpelier is just ...

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Enjoying Spring in Montpelier

This is spring here, tumultuous and dramatic, and full of wonder. It’s as if we forget every year, and are taken by surprise as the sun sets and the evening wood frogs chime ...

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