Name of Project: Holbrook Point
River: Connecticut River
Type of Project: River Corridor Easement and Paddlers’ Campsite
Public Access: Paddling access
Date Completed: July 25, 2012
Size: 18 acres
Water Frontage: 1,900 feet
Landowner: Reginald Ellingwood
Funding Partners: Upper Connecticut Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, and private donations.
Property Description: Much of the protected property is used for hay fields, with important wetlands and floodplain forests throughout. The rare silver maple floodplain forest hosts an important ecosystem that used to surround the Connecticut River, and now is only found in select locations around Vermont. The campsite is accessible for paddlers’ on the Connecticut River, and is linked with the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail for easy trip planning. Enjoy the beautiful forest of Holbrook Point, and know that the conserved property is helping the Connecticut River meander and flood freely.
Project Background: In 2008, Tom Willard connected the Vermont River Conservancy with his hunting friend Reggie Ellingwood, whose land along the Connecticut River had special conservation values. The Easement was designed to allow continued use of the agricultural fields, while protecting the silver maple flood plain forest. Named in honor of Reggie Ellingwood’s family, Holbrook Point is a beautiful campsite and is part of Reggie’s land stewardship legacy.
Directions: Access from the Connecticut River is located at River Mile 361.1, downriver from Lake Francis State Park, and up river of the Columbia campsite. Check out the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail Holbrook Point map for more information.