DeBanville Access

DeBanville AccessName of Project: DeBanville Access

Location: Bloomfield, VT

River: Nulhegan and Connecticut Rivers

Type of Project: Paddling Boat Access

Public Access: Yes

Date Completed:
2004

Size: 1.2 Acres

Water Frontage: 480′

Landowner: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation

Funding Partners: Connecticut River Joint Commissions, Individual Donors

Property Description: Where the Nulhegan River flows into the Connecticut River, there is a small grassy area where paddlers can launch their boats.

Project Background: This important boat access area had been privately owned for years by Anthony and Rose DeBanville who had allowed public access to boaters for launching canoes and kayaks. VRC was able to continue that public access by purchasing and conveying it, along with a conservation easement, to the Vermont Department of Forests & Parks. Located at a key area along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the DeBanville Access has been added to the Lyman Falls State Park, just a few miles to the north.

Directions: Take US Route 2 East out of Montpelier. Go approximately 37 miles to St. Johnsbury. Turn left at Railroad Street/US Route 2. Turn right on Portland Street. Follow Route 2 through Lunenburg and Guildhall. Just after crossing the Nulhegan River and before the intersection with Route 105, there is a parking area on the left (See Belknap Public Access). The access to the Connecticut River is across the road through the open grassy area.

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