McKay River Access

 McKay River Access

Name of Project:  McKay River AccessMcKay LM (21)

Location: North Troy, VT

River: Missisquoi                                             

Type of Project:  Swimming Hole & Fishing Access

Date Completed:  May 2015

Size:  2.8 Acres

Water Frontage:  575 feet

Landowner: Vermont River Conservancy 

Funding Partners: This project was funded by the Kelsey Trust, Fields Pond Foundation, Vermont State Employees Credit Union, Concept 2, the Larsen Fund, Carl Taylor and other individual donors.

Property Description:

“Big Falls of the Missisquoi” is the highest undammed waterfall in the State of Vermont.  The lands immediately surrounding the upper reaches of Big Falls were purchased by the State of Vermont in the mid – 1990’s.  However, access to Big Falls for swimming and angling is extremely dangerous on the state owned land due to precipitous topography.   There is a large pool at the base of Big Falls that is the traditional swimming hole and angling area associated with Big Falls. Thanks to a generous donation of land from Anne and Bruce McKay, a 2.8 acre property along the Missisquoi in North Troy will now provide public access to the swimming hole previously mentioned.

The Missisquoi River and the Trout River are the first rivers in Vermont to earn the “Wild & Scenic” status.

Directions: Take 100 North to 101 N, to North Troy.  Follow East Main Street out of town, and take a slight right onto River Road.  From Newport VT, take 105 West, and a sharp left onto River Road.  The property is 1.2 miles south on your right, with a small entrance gate and a pull out for parking.

 

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