The water level in the LaPlatte was pleasantly high this day so we could paddle through the forest in places. We entered at the boat put-in on Shelburne Bay and paddled under the crumbling Bay Road bridge and made a little past the railway and Rt. 7 bridges before hitting the inevitable log jams.

Gentle current as the late level was high also. Some pretty wildlife including birds that none among us could identify except for the geese, the osprey who has taken up residence in the osprey nest adjacent to the LaPlatte, and the herons. It was hard to ignore the gigantic VT Railway/Barrett Trucking salt transfer facility that now looms over the LaPlatte, just feet from the river – a blight if there ever was one now a space devoid of all wildlife.

Thanks to Dave who contributed these photos and to the participants Lee Wrigley, Alan Finn, Dave Hathaway, Ted Albers trip leader.