Have you ever driven down a Vermont road, looking at the river and think: "I wonder if there is a place where I can stop and fish and not be trespassing?"
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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department now offers free maps on its website of lands it owns along streambanks, where anyone with a valid fishing license can park and let their fish line fly.
Fish and Wildlife staff developed the maps for Streambank Management Areas for over 200 parcels spanning nearly 100 miles of streambanks statewide. These newly created maps depict streambank areas providing public access for perpetuity. A user-friendly overview map has narratives describing the stream sections and their associated fisheries.
"These maps will help people who are hunting, fishing, trapping, or viewing wildlife along Vermont's rivers and streams," said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Christopher Herrick.
"The lands were purchased with funding primarily provided by the sale of fishing licenses and federal taxes on the manufacture of fishing tackle."
From the left side of Vermont Fish and Wildlife's home page at https://vtfishandwildlife.com/, click on Fish and then Fishing Opportunities to go to the maps. Don't forget the bait when you go.