Beaver Dam Rebuild at Wheeler Pond
Built in the 1970s, Beaver Dam and Hadsel-Mare Cabins have provided a setting for people to enjoy the natural beauty of the Northeast Kingdom and Wheeler Pond. Located near Lake Willoughby, close to 40 miles of hiking trails, Wheeler Pond has plenty to offer for all levels of outdoor activity.
When Green Mountain Club took ownership of the cabins in 2003, we knew the day would come to replace Beaver Dam Camp. Sadly, we made the difficult decision to close Beaver Dam Camp for structural safety reasons. Staff and leadership are working with our Camps Committee to begin the rebuiding process for Beaver Dam Camp. (Hadsel-Mares is still open for rent year round.)
Wheeler Pond Camps are special to the club and we are excited about the opportunity to rebuild Beaver Dam Camp with the same footprint and to be able to make important structural changes so the cabin can again be enjoyed as a year round recreation destination. We are lucky to have a loyal community that use and enjoy Wheeler Pond Camps- it’s one of the things that makes the area so special! We look forward to sharing our plans with you and hope that you will help us rebuild Beaver Dam Camp.
Bolton Lodge & Bryant Camp Restoration
Both Bolton Lodge and Bryant Camp have been used for years by hikers and Nordic skiers for quick rest stops, day-use base camps, and overnight destinations. Bolton Lodge was built in 1928 by Green Mountain Club volunteers as a Long Trail cabin and Bryant Camp was built around 1930 as overnight lodging for skiers in the valley. After many years of decline, restoration of both places is necessary to return them to their proper place as destinations for skiers and hikers who seek a true mountain experience.
The Green Mountain Club is working in partnership with Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic & Backcountry, Catamount Trail Association, and Vermont Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation to restore these beautiful cabins, make both usable for guests, and preserve the history of Bolton Valley. We are restoring Bryant Camp this fall and will start work on Bolton Lodge in 2017.
You can read more about the history of the camps on our blog.
Bromley Mountain Observation Tower
The Green Mountain Club is working to rebuild the observation on Bromley Mountain. The original Bromley Observation Tower was finished in 1962 to provide visitors with a 360 degree view of mountains in four states. The structure was removed in 2012 for safety reasons. Rebuilding this tower will benefit hikers and those that love the Southern Vermont Mountains for generations to come.
For durability, safety, and maintenance reasons, a steel will be used instead of wood to rebuild the tower. The club will be working with a steel contractor and tower builder in 2017 to develop a design for the observation tower with an open viewing platform.