River of Light 2024

Full Moon Paddle on the Winooski River

August 17: Sturgeon Moon 

We will meet at the Heineberg Bridge Access (on the Colchester side of the Rt 127 bridge over the Winooski River) at 7:00 PM.

Participants will leave their boats and drive their cars to the Colchester Point Fishing Access. Please note: there is no shuttle service provided at this event. Participants are responsible for self-shuttling.

Everyone will launch at sunset and paddle the 2.5 miles to Lake Champlain as the full moon rises.

All paddlers must wear a properly fitted PFD. All paddlers must be facing forward or in the case of a row boat, there must be a passenger in the bow, facing forward. NEW: Every boat MUST have lighting for the safety of all participants. (we had a few little collisions last year involving unlit boats, and just want to be sure we can all see each other)

There is no pre-registration required. Participation is by donation to help the Friends of the Winooski River protect and restore the watershed. You can save yourself the hassle of bringing cash to the event by donating online in advance. 

Link to Google map showing driving route from put-in (Heineberg Bridge Access area) to take-out (Colchester Point Access area). 

Picture of map showing driving route from put-in to take-out. 

Check out these links from the Burlington Free Press and 7Days from 2016's event --

Burlington Free Press captured the magic!

Seven Days' Eva Sollberger and her crew were there, too. The paddle became an installment on her series, Stuck in Vermont.