Download the registration form for this year's Spring Safari which will be held in southern Washington County near the Vermont border. There are some things I'd like to point out ahead of time that are not on the form or could use some further explanation.
Lodging is limited and tight but is very cozy! This will be a fish camp and turkey camp atmosphere at its finest. At Batten Kill Valley Outdoors we have what is called the Long Lodge and at the Batten Kill Riversports Campground we have a couple of cottages on the river. Should you be interested Washington County Tourism is reaching out to a few B&Bs that are very close by. The campground also has electrical and water hook up should you wish to stay in your own RV, which is exactly what I'll be doing. Please contact me directly with any questions about lodging, including the alternatives.
Turkey hunting should be excellent. This part of the state was one of the first to get birds during the re-introduction period and they still thrive here. One of my own personal hunting spots is nearby. The Washington County Federation of Sportsman's Clubs as well as the local NWTF chapter is helping us out. We may even have a couple of call makers as guides but that is yet to be determined.
The Batten Kill River is one of the more historic fly-fishing destinations in the U.S. It is still a solid fishery. For those who just want to relax on the river with their fly-rods we'll be able to provide a map of access points and pools. We encourage you to bring your own gear but if you don't have it we may be able to make arrangements. If conditions will allow we may have an opportunity for two anglers at a time to float the river in an inflatable pontoon boat. I have done this with the same guide and it is a great experience and is excellent story material. Let's hope the river isn't too high and fast!
We also have a guide who says he can get an angler a brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout all in the same morning inside the Village of Cambridge. This also may be excellent story material for the right writer.
As usual, it appears we will eat (and drink) very well. In fact, Washington County Tourism is working on pheasant for the dinner they plan to sponsor on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, Adrienne is helping me with some "customized" lunch items. Who wants Adirondack black bear chili?
Hope to see you in May!
All the best,
Spring Safari 2013 Chairman