Willoughby River

Barton, VT

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The Willoughby and Barton Rivers form the western boundary of the Willoughby Wildlife Management Area. Locals and visitor alike make pilgrimage to the natural falls in Orleans in early April to view leaping Rainbow (Steelhead) trout. The fish can be viewed (or caught) on their 15 mile migration from Lake Memphremagog to spawn in the rocky shale of the river just below Lake Willoughby. Fishermen lining the stream hook the landlocked salmon on the same quest. A popular fly fishing location, the nearby wetlands and beaver ponds provide great feeding grounds for a variety of bird and animal life that makes kayaking and canoeing both rivers popular.