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Fall Foliage Scenic Boat Charters

If you’re looking for a unique fall foliage experience, this is the trip for you. One of our guides will motor you along the beautiful, serene Waterbury Reservoir. The Fall Foliage Scenic Boat charters have a lot to offer. The Waterbury Reservoir is settled between two mountain ranges offering extraordinary fall foliage views. The Waterbury Reservoir is 860 acres . It is approximately 5 miles long, providing plenty of beautiful shoreline. Along one shoreline is part of the Mount Mansfield State Forest that covers 12,912 acres of forest. The Waterbury Reservoir was one of four dams that were created in the 1930’s for flood control following the flood of 1928. Construction began in April of 1935 and the dam was complete in October 1938. The dam is an earth fill dam, meaning it is made of stone. Before any additions were made to the dam, it was the largest dam in the country in which all of the stones were placed by a human instead of excavators.

While enjoying the unique views along the shoreline you will have many wildlife sighting opportunities. There are many Whitetail deer inhabiting the Mount Mansfield State forest along with the surrounding area. You may be lucky enough to see a deer drinking along the shoreline or better yet, one swimming across. There are also some moose around, last year we were even lucky enough to see a moose crossing the reservoir, which is a rare sight anywhere in the country. Along with both deer and moose you may even spot an elusive black bear gorging themselves on beech nuts and other food sources located on the shorelines. More often than not when we are on the reservoir, we are blessed by the appearance of the local Bald Eagle that lives upon the shoreline. Along with the Bald Eagle we may spot an Osprey, as there are multiple pairs that nest along the Reservoir. And if you get there on the right day you will probably see dozens of ducks. There are Mallards, many types of diving ducks and even the Beautiful Black Duck and Wood Duck, which are two of the most beautiful birds along the east coast

Sept. 17, 2021 – Oct. 19, 2021 Times Cost
Daily* 11:00-12:00,  1:00-2:00,  3:00-4:00






* By Reservation only.

Trips will be conducted on the Trophy205 Alumacraft Boat, which is 21’ long x 8’ wide and can be  fully enclosed if needed. Trips go out rain or shine.

*** A minimum of 2 persons are needed for each trip with a max. of 6-Tours will not be run privately this year; so if you book a 3 person trip, there may be as many as 3 more guests going out at the same time.

For more information about the Waterbury Reservoir, please visit the Vermont State Parks website.



    Call to reserve 802-253-7346


    Call to reserve 802-253-7346


    What to bring:

    • Comfortable clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Water and snacks
    • Rain gear(if applicable)
    • Camera
    • Insect repellant
    • Hat

    Tipping your guide:

    Guiding is hard work. It’s our goal is to give you a safe, fun and educational experience that will leave you wanting more. If you’ve enjoyed your trip, tipping 15% -20% (or whatever you deem acceptable) is encouraged. Let them know how much fun you had!


    At a minimum, all of our guides are basic first aid and CPR certified by the Red Cross. The guides are there to make necessary decisions to ensure everyone’s safety, and to help if an emergency situation should arise.

    Additional Information:

    • Advance registration required. Space is limited so book early.
    • An adult must accompany children under the age of 14.

    Cancellation Policy: 

    The Fly Rod Shop reserves the right to cancel any trip and/or make changes to itineraries as deemed necessary. You can contact us any time to cancel your reservation, however your deposit is not refundable if within 7 days of trip. These trips go out rain or shine. Occasionally, due to an unforeseen situation and/or safety concerns, we may cancel a trip. If this happens (and it’s rare it does) we will attempt to re-book with you on a date that is agreeable to both parties or refund your deposit.

    Limitation of Liability:

    • We are not liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained to participants or personal property.
    • Due to fluctuating fuel costs and other factors, The Fly Rod Shop reserves the right to change guiding rates at any time.