|Several opportunities exist for boating and canoeing on or near the Manchester District of the Green Mountain National Forest.|
From Manchester Ranger Station drive east on Route11/30. Take Route 30 to Bondville. Turn right onto the Stratton access road, turn right after condos and maintenance garage at Stratton. Take another right until you have the Stratton town hall on your right. Turn right on to West Wardsboro/Kelley Stand Road, drive for approximately three miles. Grout Pond access road will be on your left. Drive the access road for 1.2 miles. Park in the large parking lot near the pond. Grout Pond is ideal for canoeing, rowing or sailboarding. Powerboats are restricted.
From the Manchester Ranger Station drive west on Route 11/30. Take Route 7 south until you reach the Arlington exit. Take first right and then another right, the Chippenhook Country Store will be on your right. Turn right at the road fork and continue driving until you intersect Forest Road 70 on your left. Turn left and drive north for about 3 miles. At the end of the road, a short (100 yards) trail west to a launching area on the edge of the pond.
Other areas for boating and canoeing in the nearby area which are not located on National Forest land include: Gale Meadows Pond - Winhall, located in the French Hollow Area. Somerset Reservoir - Somerset and Harriman Reservoir - Wilmington/Whitingham. These reservoirs are located on lands owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Emerald Lake State Park - East Dorset is another popular spot that is located nearby. These areas can be located on the Green Mountain National Forest map and on most State Road maps.