The Poultney River meanders 40 miles through several towns in west-central Vermont and New York, defining a portion of the border between these two states, before it drains into the southern extent of Lake Champlain. The scenery marked by cliffs and wetlands along the river is dramatic and for nearly 20 miles the natural shoreline of the Poultney is rarely interrupted by development.
251 acres in Vermont and 2,000 acres in New York
The cluster of significant terrestrial and aquatic sites in this largely undeveloped region of the Southern Lake Champlain Valley is a hotspot of biodiversity. New York State and the Adirondack Park Agency have recognized the ecological diversity of the Poultney River area, and the State of Vermont named the river an Outstanding Resource Water in 1992. The Conservancy included the Poultney River as part of its Freshwater Initiative Program, which has targeted 50 waterways in North and South America for intensive conservation efforts.
This preserve is part of the Southern Lake Champlain Valley (SLCV) landscape. The Conservancy has protected more than 8,500 acres in the SLCV area in Vermont and New York. From their office in West Haven, SLCV staff manage the preserve lands and provide opportunities for the community to participate in conservation-related activities.
A canoe put-in can be found at Coggman Creek culvert on East Bay Road.
Hunters use this preserve during the month of May and from October 1 to December 31. If you visit during hunting season, please wear bright clothing. Written permission is required to hunt at the Lower Poultney River Preserve.
Please read our Preserve Visitation Guidelines.
From Route 22A in Fair Haven, drive 2.5 miles north of Route 4 (exit 2) and turn west onto Main Road in West Haven. Stay on Main Road for 3.3 miles and then turn left on Book Road. Travel 2.1 miles on Book Road to the Poultney River and turn right onto the dirt road just before the bridge. Travel on the dirt road for 1.1 miles until you arrive at Coggman Creek culvert, where the creek empties into the Poultney River. This is the canoe put-in. Limited roadside parking is available.