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Parade around the Bellows Falls dam to highlight the need for better recreational access to the Connecticut River.

Hydroelectric facilities create obstacles to river recreation and because of that, hydro companies are required to accommodate for recreation as part of their operating licenses. Join Connecticut River Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club, American Whitewater, and other recreation partners to highlight recreation investments these hydro companies should be making in our local communities as part of their new operating licenses being finalized now.

Two Portage Paddle Parades will focus on much needed upgrades to portage routes around the Bellows Falls and Turners Falls Dams as examples of infrastructure investments that would benefit our local communities. Join us on 7/17 in Bellows Falls (7/10 in Turners Falls) for a short press event to learn about the issues, followed by a public parade along the proposed portage routes. This is your opportunity to speak up for the river and your recreation rights. Tell the hydro companies you want better access to the river.  Bring signs & noise makers!

For more information on the parade or if you’re interested in joining us for the morning advocacy paddle, contact: Kathy Urffer ( 

Parade Plan:

  • 11:00  Press Conference & Speakers – Pine Street Boat Launch
  • 11:30  Parade down Rt 12 to area below the dam


[Our Portage Paddle Parade in Turners Falls is scheduled for  7/10/21]