What You Need to Know Arlington, VT
CALL AHEAD NOT THE DAY OF
Calling in advance insures you are on the calendar and for the date and time you would like to go out. Calling the day you would like to float is NOT A GOOD IDEA as we get so busy we can't handle the calls, texts, and emails and means you miss out. So call even up to the night before and if we don't answer just leave name, phone, number in group, equipment you want to rent, date and time, and don't call any place else as we will call you when we get back in the office even if it is in the evening.
Where to Meet:
At the bottom of this site is the google map pin for directions to the New York Service Road parking lot just before the Vermont border or just after entering New York depending on which direction you are coming from. If coming from New York and you see the Welcome to Vermont sign STOP and turn around and literally the parking lot is less than a minute drive from the sign and it's a paved pull out with a bulletin board and picnic tables. If coming from Vermont as soon as you see the Welcome to New York sign in less than a minutes drive you will see the parking lot on the left. If you go over the river STOP and turn around parking lot right there on the right. WE DO NOT HAVE A BUILDING OR A SIGN THAT SAYS BIG BIG ON THE BATTENKILL.
We meet you at the parking lot with gray van and orange tubes. If you do not see us we will be there. I try to hang at the picnic table with an orange tube by the bulletin board. We take payment and you get your instructions and the exit. From there we shuttle you up river and you float back down to your car where you collect anything you may have left with us and we collect our equipment. Approximate time 2.5 hours depending on the water level.
What to bring:
First and importantly, if running late please text Big Big on the Battenkill kayak & tubing at 518-479-9042, so we know actual ETA. Second, please arrive early enough so you can get yourself ready and then at the time scheduled can jump in van and go. All these things hold up other peoples trips. Third, come prepared in what your wearing down the river. There are NO PUBLIC BATHROOMS at this parking lot or at the bridge in Arlington, VT. Just picnic tables.
Water shoes of some sort other than flip flops are highly recommended. If you would like to stop in the river or need to stand up and walk in the river it is almost impossible to do so barefoot. As you may have read earlier, I highly recommend an old sneaker, sandal, or a water shoe of some time for your trip. Most importantly parents because should you need to move you need footwear. Should you want to walk and enjoy and stop along the way, barefoot is very difficult! Rocky bottom throughout the river. Flip Flops are a "flop" on the water as your foot goes up and the flop stays down. We sell water shoes for $15 or you can rent for $5.
Regular shorts and shirts are just as good as the bikini just what's comfortable for you
If you would like to pack drinks, snacks, lunch etc. we do have floating coolers for an extra $5 or $10. They can hold a 12 pack of beer with ice to give you an idea of the size or the large hold a large amount like a normal size cooler. We have several if you need to rent more than one but they do go quick so when you make your reservation specify if you would like a cooler. Click on the "more" tab and then picnic and you will see Wayside General Store for their picnic lunches and water shoes. You will bring your cooler in the van and transfer to our cooler when you get to your entry location.
Please visit the tab "Waiver" print and sign and bring with you. This saves a lot of time especially with a group of people.
Bring your stress if you have any as this float is so peaceful you can leave it on the river and feel cleansed when you exit!
Items on the river
What you don't want lost or wet DO NOT bring on the river. If you would like to leave your car keys with us we gladly lock them in our vehicle so they are safe and dry upon your return. We have to collect our equipment from you so we are there all day for your return. If you bring your cooler for our cooler you will bring that in the van and then transfer to our cooler when you get to your designation drop in point and we hold your items in our locked car for your end of trip.
What to know:
Know your exit!!
There are 4 outfitters for the Battenkill River and each one has different put ins and take outs or exits. Please pay attention to your outfitter when they give you the instructions but we list it here so you can learn it in advance and show off your knowledge when you arrive ;)
If in a kayak:
If your trip is via a kayak the put in location is at the West Mountain Inn bridge. Do not count this bridge when counting your bridges of exits. When you enter the river at this point you will float under a total of 4 bridges before your final exit. The first is a metal criss cross bridge, the second is the red covered bridge, the third is near our property and is a guard rail bridge, the last and fourth is an old unused bridge and actually references you are now in New York. Once under the bridge you will go through 2 big bends in the river, after which you will want to keep to the right, looking for the large slabs of stone and a driveway coming up out of the water. There is no other place on the river on your travels that look like this. If it is a busy day you will know from the amount of traffic entering and exiting the river. If you aren't sure pull out and if you see a large grassy hill you are now certain you have arrived at your parked cars location.
If in a tube:
If your trip is via a tube the put in location is at the red covered bridge. Do not count this bridge when counting your bridge exits. When you enter the river at this point you will float under a total of 2 bridges before your final exit. The first bridge is near our property and is a guard rail bridge, the second and final bridge is an old unused bridge and actually references you are now in New York. Once under the bridge you will go through 2 big bends in the river, after which you will want to keep to the right, looking for the large slabs of stone and a driveway coming up out of the water. There is no other place on the river on your travels that look like this. If it is a busy day you will know from the amount of traffic entering and exiting the river. If you aren't sure pull out and if you see a large grassy hill you are now certain you have arrived at your parked cars location.
So if you need to get out no matter the reason, fussy kids, migraine, etc. either the red covered bridge or our property. Clearly you will know the red covered bridge as it is the only one on your travels and is a red covered bridge. We will keep an eye out traveling back and forth and you can also tell another outfitter you are looking for us and they will reach us via phone or in our travels.
As for our property it will be as follows: when you see the guard rail bridge in front of you, start looking for the Vishnu or Budha statue on the right side and there will be a red one story house with white trim directly opposite....that is where you exit. We have a Budha statue at the exit. Walk yourself and equipment up the slope. If you have tubes please carry to the barn and if kayaks pull around the bushy corner to hide from riverview to avoid theft. We will retrieve the kayaks later. Either grassy mowed path will lead you to our yellow barn. If we are not at the property we will be back so just wait patiently and then we can drive you to your car. If there is an emergency please use the house mobil phone that will be left on the patio chair outside the barn.
Please note, again this is a class one river and you will love it! However as a mom of 3 one always needs a "Plan B" no matter the reason. That is all.