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The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is a special place and the paddling is very good and plentiful. The Commerford is a good paddle for both novice and expert the distance is what you make it. Paddle for an hour or a day. We have seen Bald Eagles and other predatory birds along this historic section of the river.
Before the dams the log drives busted through this once treacherous section of the CT every spring. The final destinations were as far south as the Long Island Sound. Now it is a peaceful tame reservoir. For a good history of the log drives and the men that made the trip read "Tall Trees Tough Men" or "Spiked Boots" both by Bob Pike.
The round trip distance to Moore is around 15 miles. There are plenty of sandy 'beaches' to pull up on and swim or stretch. The water is somewhat protected from the wind, or at least more so that the Moore. The power boat traffic is light.
At the recreation area put-in, there are tables and grills available for a picnic meal after a good paddle. The area is provided through the courtesy of the power company that owns the dam and they have done a fine job of providing the local area with a good resource.
From Lower Waterford on Rte 18 turn south at the Rabbit Hill Inn and drive for 5-6 miles to the Recreation area on your left. Contrary to popular belief in Vermont you can get there from where ever you are. There aren't a lot of road signs but if you are on the one road between East Barnet and Lower Waterford you are all set. The Interstate exit for East Barnet is 18 off of I91 and for Lower Waterford and VT18 try Exit 44 by the Moore Dam.
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