Pinch Rock Protected!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The Vermont River Conservancy, collaborating with the White River Partnership, recently protected public access to “Pinch Rock,” a treasured swimming hole and fishing spot on the White River in Royalton, Vermont.  Peg Elmer generously donated this riverside property, including the rock, for the Vermont River Conservancy to hold a perpetual public access and conservation easement on the parcel.  The bedrock outcropping provides swimmers, anglers, and  inner tubers convenient and safe access to the White River.  After flooding from Tropical Storm Irene severely eroded the banks, parking along Route 14 has been reestablished, access improved with a stone stairway to the river, and trees planted by the White River Partnership.

Pinch Rock LM (18)

Over the past decade there has been increased recreational use of the White River by paddlers, tubers, and folks seeking refuge from summer’s heat.  Pinch Rock has been a bedrock of local river activities for generations.  This project secures perpetual public access, guaranteeing that no future landowner could post it.

VRC will soon convey the parcel to the Town of South Royalton, retaining the public access conservation easement. For more details on Pinch Rock, click here.

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