Broad Brook Access

Name of Project:  Broad Brook Access            

Location:  Sharon, VT       

River:   White River

Type of Project:  Public Access, fishing, boating, campsite

Public Access:  Yes

Date Completed:  2016

Landowner:  Town of Sharon

Project Description:  This land contains about 10.1 acres of land on the southerly shore of the Lower White River in Sharon, Vermont, with about 1,668 feet of frontage along the White River, and about 244 feet of frontage along Broad Brook. The parcel has traditionally provided public access to the White River for anglers and boaters. It was put on the market in 2015 as a residential building lot with the likely outcome that, if developed, public access would be curtailed.  The Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) worked closely with White River Partnerships to purchase the land for conservation.  VRC and Vermont Housing Conservation Board (VHCB) co-hold a conservation and public access easement on the parcel and conveyed ownership to the Town of Sharon.

This park protects the public right to access the waters of the White River and Broad Brook for angling, boating, swimming, and enjoyment.  The land will become one stop along the White River Paddlers’ Trail with sites arrayed from the headwaters in Granville to its confluence with the Connecticut River at White River Junction. Public access improvements planned for the site include a 2-3 car parking area, a trail from the parking area to the primary angling site, and a designated primitive campsite for paddlers. The lower reach of Broad Brook is also accessible from the site, where a stream bed restoration project has enhanced connectivity for native brook trout between the White River and the Broad Brook spawning grounds. The easement also includes conservation restrictions to protect the river shore and forested riparian buffer, providing river bank stability, riparian habitat, and water quality enhancement.

Location: The property is located on River Road, in Sharon, Vermont.

Directions: Take I-89 Exit 2 for VT-132 toward VT-14/Sharon/S. Royalton. Turn left onto VT-132 West. After 0.2 miles, turn right onto VT-14 North. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto River Road. Turn right after the bridge to stay on River Road. After one mile, the parcel will be on the right. A parking pull-off is located just beyond the Broad Brook Cemetery.

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