Watching Birds and Wildlife with Abenaki Outfitters & Guide Service

Paddle down Dead Creek with us.

A Great Blue Heron flying, on Dead Creek in Addison County, Vermont.

Our Bird and Wildlife watching tours start in June and run through October 15th.

On Dead Creek we paddle through diverse habitat. With marshland adjacent to agricultural fields and woodlands, this area is rich in birds and wildlife.
we see many birds,including everything from waterfowl and shorebirds to sparrows and warblers. Great Blue Herons are usually busy fishing in the marsh. Ospreys are here too, but stay out of the way of the Bald Eagles. Beavers and Muskrats make this creek their home. Large fish swim by, usually Carp and Gar. Sometimes splashing loudly next to the boats.

On Otter Creek we paddle down the creek into a bay of lake Champlain and return back up the creek.
We see many birds on Otter Creek. Including waterfowl, Gulls, shorebirds, sparrows and warblers. Not to mention Ospreys looking for fish and Kingfishers after minnows.

Our Tours Includes:

Paddling/Safety Lesson
Canoe or Kayak, paddle, personal flotation device.

Each participant under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

No experience is necessary. Anyone with average upper-body strength can paddle a canoe or kayak.

Kayaks on Dead Creek in Addison County Vermont

What you need to bring

Appropriate outdoor clothing for paddling:

We suggest that you dress in layers. By dressing in layers you can adjust your clothing to stay comfortable throughout the tour.
Extra layers are stored in the boat until you need them.
Light quick-drying trousers or shorts (like a swim suit).
Blue jeans are not recommended because the heavy cotton absorbs a lot of water and they take forever to dry out.
A quick drying shirt.
Fleece or vest for warmth.
Jacket, or windbreaker for your top layer.
A pair of sneakers you don't mind getting wet. Or water shoes.

Turtle on a log in the water

Sun protection

Hat, sun glasses, sun screen.

Other useful items

2 Bottles of water
and or juice to drink
Water-proof camera
Insect Repellant

Cost of 2 hour group nature tour is $50 per person

Family Discount, four or more people: $40 per child (12 and under)

Bald Eagle

Cost of the half-day group nature tour is $80 per Person.

Family Discount, four or more people: $60 per child (12 and under)

$10 Discount per person, for groups of more than six people booked in advance.
(Half day or longer tours only.)

Private tours are also available.

For Reservations
Call 802-897-7500

We recommend that you call well in advance to reserve your tour.
We usually are all out on tours during the day.
Please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we return.

A frog on Dead Creek

We will accept you for a tour in the morning if there is room available.
Group size is limited to insure the quality of our trips.
Once the tour is full, you will have to join the next available tour.

We accept personal checks or cash for payment.
At this time we are not set up to take credit cards.


Please call us for cancellations and refunds.

Contact Us

A group of ten kayaks on Dead Creek in Addison County Vermont.

By phone 802-897-7500
Please leave a message. We are usually out guiding a trip.

By E-mail

By Mail

Abenaki Outfitters & Guide Service
P.O. Box 283
Shoreham, VT. 05770-0283

For safety we may limit, postpone or cancel a trip due to severe weather conditions.
All customers must sign a waiver of liability before participating in our outdoor activities.
At some times of the year (usually in the Fall) we are guiding extended trips, in Maine or the Adirondacks.
These paddling, hiking, hunting or fishing trips frequently are in areas where even cell phones will not work.
Therefore we may not be able to reply until we return.

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