Poland Covered Bridge River Access

Poland Covered Bridge River Access

 

Name of Project:  Poland Covered Bridge River Access

Location:  Jeffersonville, VT 

River:  Lamoille

Type of Project:  Public Access

Public Access:  Yes

Date Completed: March, 2021

Size:   5.5 acres

Water Frontage: 1,516 feet

Landowner:  Vermont Riverlands LLC

Funding Partners:  Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust, Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail, Bill Stritzler (in honor of Viola Stritzler)

Property Description:  This parcel is located on the northwest bank of the Lamoille River, south of Cambridge Junction Road. It consists of meadows, floodplain forest stands, wetlands, and over 0.25 miles of Lamoille River frontage. The parcel serves many public functions due to its location adjacent to a rail trail, a historic covered bridge, and the Lamoille River. It provides access to a sandy beach and a swimming hole. Paddlers, anglers, rail trail users, and tourists viewing the covered bridge all use the property. Visitation to the property has increased significantly in recent years with the recent development of the adjacent Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and the Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail. This property has become a trailhead serving users of both recreational networks.

Project Background:  Vermont Riverlands LLC acquired this parcel primarily to protect public recreational use. Other important objectives include conserving and protecting wildlife habitat, natural communities, native flora and fauna, and ecological processes, and allowing the Lamoille River the ability to meander and access its natural floodplain.

Directions: From the intersection of Route 15 and Route 108 in Cambridge, travel east on Vermont Rte.15 for 0.7 miles. Turn left on Cambridge Junction Road. Cross the Lamoille River on the Poland Covered Bridge. The property and a mowed parking area will be on the right.

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