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Private Fall Foliage Drift Boat Tours (Non-Motorized-2 Guests Per Boat)

If you’re looking for a unique fall foliage experience, this is the trip for you. One of our guides will row 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. 

This Private Fall Foliage Boat Tour will take place on one of our Hyde Drift Boats. These, stable row bows accommodate up to two guests per tour, one guest will be in the front, and one guest will be in the back behind the guide who will be rowing the boat from the center. We encourage you to bring snacks and drinks with you on this peaceful and relaxing tour of the Waterbury Reservoir, a cooler will be kept on the boat and we will stop along the shoreline for a break and for guests to stretch their legs. 

These Private tours are booked in 3 hour blocks, from 9am-12 and 1:30pm-4:30pm. 2 Guests per boat and 2 boats at a time.


For larger group sizes we encourage you to contact the Spirit of Ethan Allen

Sept. 15, 2023 – Oct. 19, 2023 Times Cost
Daily By Reservation Only-Advanced Registration is a Must (802)-253-7346  9am-12, 1:30-4:30 $380.00 Per Boat, 2 Boat Max

* By Reservation only. (802)-253-7346


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.