Hike, Paddle, Bike: Enjoying Ricker Pond’s many gifts

By KATHRYN EDDY

GROTON — Tucked within the 26,000 acres of Groton State Forest just southeast of Lake Groton, Ricker Pond is a relatively easy spot to find and a very rewarding paddle.

Just off Route 302 not quite 30 miles from Montpelier, this quiet pond is home to loons, ducks and beavers, among other wildlife.

If you’re not bringing your own kayak, they rent single and double kayaks by the hour for $7.50 and $12, respectively; half-day (four hours) for $20 and $35; and full day (eight hours) for $35 and $50. All prices do not include tax.

The boat launch is also a swimming area, shallow and warm and good for kids. A straight shot across the pond from the launch area is a good spot to pull up the kayak on the rocks and go for a swim or have a snack or picnic lunch.

There used to be a rope swing, but it is an easy climb down to the water without it. The whole pond is a nice, easy paddle, relaxing and pleasant. There are several seasonal, private homes around the pond and many spots to cruise by and explore.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Times Argus.

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