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Boquet River Nature Preserve

A boat launch adjacent to the Conservancy’s preserve provides access for paddlers to follow the shoreline to Lake Champlain. – © The Nature Conservancy (Erika Bailey)

Dogs must be in owner’s control. As the preserve undergoes trail improvements, please stay on marked trails and be mindful of trail workers.


Boquet River Nature Preserve is just outside of downtown Willsboro. It includes 110 acres of floodplain and upland forest, and more than a half-mile of shoreline on the lower Boquet River, the most intact major tributary emptying into Lake Champlain. The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has worked with partners and private landowners over the years to protect nearly two miles of shoreline leading to the mouth of the river.

It also includes a canoe/kayak launch site.

Each summer, the town sponsors a Battle of the Boquet River Trail and Kayak Race

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy's site for the Boquet River Nature Preserve.

Wildlife Species Often Seen

Botanical highlights include walking fern, maidenhair spleenwort, sycamore, and Canada lily. Some of the sycamores along the River Trail are more than 200 years old.