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Last Updated: 8/2018
[1] Cornish Boat Landing - Mile 201.1
Position: 43-28.83 N 72-22.76 W
       Altitude: 305 feet
Description: 
   This is for car top boat launching only. This conservation area and small park has parking for about six vehicles.
Do not be tempted to try and launch by trailer.  You will get stuck!
Nearest Launch Address:  
729 NH-12A, Cornish, NH 03745
Directions ( 4.5 miles, 8 minutes):
From Interstate 91 Exit 8 Ascutney/Windsor:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn east toward onto Route 131 East.
  2. At mile 0.4, at a stop light, continue onto Route 12 South crossing over the river.
  3. At mile 1.3, at a stop light, turn right onto Jarvis Hill Road.  It later becomes River Road.
  4. At mile 4.3, turn right onto Ferry Landing Road.
  5. Follow the road to the very end at mile 4.5.
Easy access to this gravel parking area and launch.
A view looking down river at the covered bridge.
STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1 
Estimated Time:    6 hours 
Reach Distance:  17.7 miles
USGS Map:  Windsor, VT-NH, Springfield, VT-NH
[3] Ashley Ferry Boat Ramp - Mile 191.3
Position: 43-21.50 N 72-23.33 W
       Altitude: 289 feet
Description: 
      This boat ramp is very accessible with parking for many vehicles. It is managed by the New Hampshire Parks.
Nearest Launch Address:  
Ferry Landing Road, Claremont, NH 03603
Directions ( 4.5 miles, 8 minutes):
From Interstate 91 Exit 8 Ascutney/Windsor:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn east toward onto Route 131 East.
  2. At mile 0.4, at a stop light, continue onto Route 12 South crossing over the river.
  3. At mile 1.3, at a stop light, turn right onto Jarvis Hill Road.  It later becomes River Road.
  4. At mile 4.3, turn right onto Ferry Landing Road.
  5. Follow the road to the very end at mile 4.5.
Huge parking area.
Easy launching for all types of boats.
Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge - Mile 200.6
         Built in 1866 at a cost of $9,000, this is the longest wooden bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.  The fourth bridge at this site, the 460 foot structure was built by Bela J. Fletcher (1811-1877) of Claremont and James F. Tasker (1826-1903) of Cornish using a tattice truss patented by architect Ithiel Town in 1820 and 1835.  Built as a toll bridge by a private corporation. the span was purchased by the state of New Hampshire in 1936 and made toll-free in 1943.
A view of the bridge taken August 2018.
Our Mission
      SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Our History
     2017 marks the Student Conservation Association’s 60th Anniversary. As we look back and remember, what becomes abundantly clear is that while times change, SCA remains a stalwart presence for conservation and our country. The young people with whom we work gain an adeptness, an ability to press beyond whatever challenge comes next.

          Learn more about this wonderful organization by clicking below:
The SCA
Railroad Bridge - Mile 200.2

         Chase Island was purchased by the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) to prevent exploitation of its gravel resources.  The CRWC then sold the property to New Hampshire Fish and Game in 1971 for permanent protection.  Funding was provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program.
NOTE:
            Chase Island WMA can only be reached by boat.
            Overnight camping is prohibited.

Unnamed Island - Mile 196.8
[4] Hubbard Island Campsite - Mile 190.5
         Owned by Upper Valley Land Trust
  • Position: 43-20.67 N 72-23.89 W
  • Capacity: 8 campers.
  •  Amenities: cleared tent site, privy, fire ring, picnic table.
  • UVLT campsites are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • These campsites are intended for access by canoe and kayak paddlers. Land-based access is prohibited.
[5] SCA Campsite - Mile 187.7
Position: 43-18.90 N 72-23.57 W
       Altitude: 289 feet
Description: 
This campsite is run by SCA.  (See info box)   There are two tent platforms and an outhouse available.  The climb from the river is steep but well sheltered from rising water and weather.  Contact SCA before arriving at:
        Phone: 603.543.1700
        Toll-Free: 888.722.9675  
Special Note:
       SCA intends to improve access and enhance this site in the future.
Nearest Launch Address:  
689 River Road, Charlestown, NH 03603
Directions (5.6 miles, 8 minutes):
From Interstate 91 Exit 7 Springfield/Route 5:
  1. At the end of the exit ramp, head east on Route 5 North
  2. After crossing over the river, at mile 0.7, turn left onto Lovers Lane Road.
  3. At mile 1.4, at a stop sign, utrn left onto Route 11 East/Route 12A North.
  4. At mile 4.3, turn left onto Route 12A North/River Road.
  5. At mile 5.6, turn left at the SCA sign and park.  Report to the main office before hiking down to the campsite.
It's a steep climb from the river.
The tent platforms are excellent.
Camping may be primitive but an outhouse is always a welcome.
[2] Wilgus State Park Boat Access - Mile 194.7
Position: 43-23.46 N 72-24.27 W
       Altitude: 289 feet
Description: 
  This access is for car top boats only.  Canoes and Kayaks can be rented as well.
Nearest Launch Address:  
4051 Connecticut River Road, Weathersfield, VT 05030
Directions ( 1.6 miles, 3 minutes):
From Interstate 91 Exit 8 Ascutney/Windsor:
  1. At the end of the ramp, turn east toward onto Route 131 East.
  2. At mile 0.4, at a stop light,turn right onto Route 5 South.
  3. At mile 1.5, turn left into the state park.Check in at the office and let them know you are here to launch/recover a car top boat.
The launch area is excellent!  This is for car top boats only.
There are kayaks and canoes available for rent.
Wilgus State Park
      The land of Wilgus State Park was given to the state of Vermont in 1933 by Colonel and Mrs. William Wilgus for the creation of Wilgus State Park. The original park, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, consisted of a picnic area with large flue-type stone fireplaces and picnic tables, and the ranger's quarters. The campground was developed and expanded between 1960 and the present time. Wilgus State Park is a very popular park for canoes and kayaks, since it is located on the Connecticut River. There are 4 cabins with wifi connection, 17 tent/RV sites and 6 lean-to sites which are located along the Connecticut River bank. There is one rest room with running water and hot showers ($). There is a picnic area, and 3 lean-tos in the group area. Canoes and kayaks are available. A trailer sanitary station is located by the ranger's quarters. There is also a small picnic shelter that can be reserved at no charge for small groups. This park provides day use access to the Connecticut River and the Pinnacle Trail hike provides a scenic vista of the Connecticut River Valley.​
Wigus State Park
The office is right on Route 5 in this building.
[6] Hoyt's Landing, Springfield - Mile 183.4
Position: 43-15.63 N 72-25.82 W
       Altitude: 289 feet
Description: 
      With picnic tables and beautiful park like area, this is an excellent launch.
Nearest Launch Address:  
1260 Charlestown Road, Springfield, VT 05156
Directions (0.5 miles, 3 minutes):
From Interstate 91 Exit 7 Springfield/Route 5:
  1. After getting off the highway, head east on Route 5 North.
  2. At mile 0.5, just before the bridge over the river, turn right at the Hoyt's Landing sign.
  3. Follow the paved road to the parking lot and boat ramp.
Turn right down this road to the landing area.
The boat ramp is good for all types of boats.
Jarvis Island - Mile 191.6
         Camping is not authorized on this island.
IOn the island banks there is a churning effects of ice dams, floods, etc which pick up all that may arrive there from the bottom and banks of the river. In addition to entire trees and tires, there is a lot of "river" glass.  A 100 year old bottle was found.