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The Winooski River is the 145-kilometer long tributary of Lake Champlain that crosses the northern part of Vermont. It forms a valley way to Green Mountains down to Connecticut River. The riverbank of Winooski River has rich stream vegetation supporting different species of plants in the forests. Some species of plants that can be found along the river are red maple, silver maple, American elm, eastern cottonwood, speckled alder, small willows, buttonbush, sedges, wild rice, river grape, and some species of viburnum family.

The Winooski River also plays an important role in preserving the life of wildlife in the forest. Some animal species that can be found in and near the river are great blue herons, sandpipers, goldflinches, deer, moose, snakes, turtles, spot frogs, otters, beavers, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, waterfowl, chipmunks, squirrel, and many more.

Tourists and adventurers can take the Winooski River Sojourn to experience the river and its history. There is available paddling guide which gives the paddlers a recommended itinerary of where-to-go and the things they should avoid while paddling. The paddling can be done in one or in a series of six days to experience the entire length of the Winooski River.

Fishing is also one of the activities in the river. There are species of trout fish in the river from April to October, salmon which are very occasional to catch, bass, walleye, perch, and panfish. There are specific locations in the river where these species can be caught. Other activities that can be done are kayaking, swimming, and canoeing.

Meanwhile, the Winooski Watershed is which comprises the entire Winooski River is considered as he largest reservoir tributary of the Lake Champlain. It supports several hydroelectric plants that generate electricity for towns and cities in Vermont.
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