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Safety: Be a Safe and Respectful Paddler –
Paddling conditions will vary according to the weather and season, so always exercise caution and always wear a lifejacket. With good judgment and proper equipment, the risk associated with paddling can me minimized. Respect the natural world and the rights of landowners, and be considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. Paddlers should seek to avoid causing erosion, trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife, and harming water quality.
Ecology: Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasives –
When moving from one body of water to another make sure to do the following to stop the spread of invasive aquatic organisms:
- Visually inspect your craft and remove plants, mud and debris
- Eliminate water from all of your equipment
- Clean and dry anything that came into contact with water
- Wear quick-drying shoes

Trailhead

Put-in: Hand carry boat access is available at the Tweed River Open Space in Pittsfield. From the center of Pittsfield, travel south on VT-100 to Parmenter Place. Turn left on Parmenter Place. There is a small gravel lot on the left.

Take-out: There is a gravel turn-out on the south side of VT-100 0.3 miles east of the VT-100 and VT-107 intersection.

Paddlers can also continue down the Tweed River to the confluence with the White River and on to access points along the White River.

Description

The Tweed River is a quick and fun spring paddle and a pleasant summer tubing destination. Paddlers should be aware of one short portage around a Class III drop as the Tweed nears the White River.

The White River Partnership has developed a Watershed Recreation Map and Guide that includes recommended day trips and interesting facts about the natural and cultural history of the White River and its tributaries. To find out more about paddling the White River and its tributaries and to support recreation and conservation along the river, please purchase the waterproof Map and Guide from the Partnership

Other Information

For your safety:

Use PFDs.All boats must carry an approved PFD for each person. State law requires children 12 years and under to wear PFDs at all times.

Be prepared for cold water. Wear your life jacket, stay fueled and hydrated, avoid cotton, pack extra clothes in a dry bag, and know the symptoms and treatment of hypothermia.

Be alert for strainers. Downed trees in the water can trap people and boats. They are most common in the White River and its tributaries upriver of South Royalton.

Know the location of rapids, dams and other hazards. There are no warning signs or buoys!

Be aware of river flows. The USGS posts real-time water flow data for Vermont here. Check the gauge nearest your trip before leaving. Avoid swimming holes during high water and after heavy rains!

Watch for poison ivy and poison parsnip. Know how to identify these plants. If you come in contact with them, clean exposed skin with medication as soon as possible.

Trail Manager

The Tweed River Paddle is a part of the White River Water Trail. The White River Partnership works with state and federal agencies, municipalities and other non-profits to steward the White River Water Trail. For more information, visit their website or contact:

White River Partnership
PO Box 705
South Royalton, VT 05068
Phone: (802) 763-7733
info@whiteriverpartnership.org

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