River of Light

Full Moon Paddle on the Winooski River

Get your friends and family together to start planning your lighting scheme for the 3rd River of Light: Paddling by the Light of the Moon on July 16th, 2019.

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. There participants will organize self-shuttles to come back to the put in. The goal is to launch at sunset and paddle the 2.5 miles to Lake Champlain.

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 this year! PaddleSurf Champlain will offer rental paddleboards and kayaks for rent at the River of Light! Boards and boats will be available at the start of the event, around 6:30 p.m., at the Heineberg Bridge put-in in Colchester. PaddleSurf staff will meet paddlers at the end of the trip at the Fishing Access in Colchester to receive rented boards and boats. Rental cost is $25. Please reserve your board or boat by calling Jason at (802) 881-4905 or email [email protected].

Admission is free, however, a $10 (or more!) donation to help the Friends of the Winooski River protect and restore the watershed is greatly appreciated.

Link to Google map showing driving route from put-in to take-out. 

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.