Journey’s End swimming hole now protected!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Congratulations!  With tremendous community and foundation support, “Journey’s End” swimming hole in Johnson VT is now protected for all to enjoy.

“Journey’s End” is a spectacular swimming hole and waterfall carved in the bedrock of Foote Brook, a cold water, steep stream flowing to the Lamoille River.

The land adjoining the falls was on the market as a house lot, and could have been posted with “No Trespassing” signs.  By conserving this land, VRC has permanently protected public access to the Journey’s End swimming hole, provided access for anglers to a 2,500 foot reach of Foote Brook renowned for its high quality trout habitat, and conserved 25 acres along Foote Brook containing deer yards, songbird habitat, and forested buffer which protects the ecological values of Foote Brook.

The Town of Johnson is now the long-term owner of this beautiful area, and will manage it as a natural and recreational area for Johnson residents and visitors to enjoy in all seasons.  The Vermont River Conservancy holds a conservation easement to assure that permanent access continues and that the 25 acres remain in their natural condition.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this success!  The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board provided major funding.  Additional support was provided by the Fields Pond Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation Green Mountain Fund, the Lintilhac Foundation, Rock Art Brewery, Concept 2, G.W. Tatro Construction, Johnson State College Student Government, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Access grant, the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, and the VRC Canute Dalmasse Legacy Fund, along with over 120 individual donors who cherish this special place.  Thank you for joining this important effort to keep Journey’s End available for all.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Additional support for Journey’s End is welcomed to enhance the Vermont River Conservancy’s stewardship of this beautiful site in perpetuity.  Please Donate today to support our efforts to help the Town of Johnson manage this property.

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