The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is set to offer guided community paddling and hiking programs in the Ausable watershed this summer.
Paddling trips will utilize the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail on Lake Everest that AsRA helped establish in 2010. The full length of the trail is about two miles long and includes seven stops along the way, with each stop discussing some aspect of the natural history of Lake Everest. An accompanying booklet includes hand-drawn illustrations of birds, plants, and other wildlife commonly found on Lake Everest. AsRA staff will accompany paddlers providing information on the various stops in greater detail.
In addition to paddling trips, two guided hikes and a watershed tour are also being offered. The hikes are geared to beginner and moderate skill levels. Stops along the way will demonstrate the collection of environmental DNA and water quality data and give participants a hands-on opportunity to better understand threats to our local environment. The watershed tour will be led by Executive Director Kelley Tucker. This tour will feature stops at recent stream restoration project sites.
AsRA’s free, guided programs will take place throughout July, beginning on Wednesday, July 3. These programs have been made possible by an educational grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. The Town of Wilmington is offering free canoe and kayak rentals to participants.
Program dates and other information are available on the Ausable River Association website.
Photo of AsRA River Tours courtesy Brendan Wiltse.