Vermont’s Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9

Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9 this year, and it will be highlighted by a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle as well as opening day of the state’s regular bass fishing season.

“Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives resident and nonresident anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the day in Vermont lakes and streams,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Fishing is an activity that can be shared with friends and family or easily taught to newcomers while enjoying quality time together.”

Free Fishing Day in Vermont also will be celebrated at the “Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival,” to be held at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station at 14 Bell Hill Road in Grand Isle. The festival will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Designed for young anglers and families, this exciting event offers basic fishing instruction and the chance for kids to catch big trout in a hatchery pond. No prior fishing experience is needed, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife will be supplying fishing rods, reels and bait for use by participants.

The festival will also highlight the newly updated Ed Weed Fish Culture Station visitor center, so fishing festival participants will be able to see the new educational exhibits and learn how to identify Lake Champlain fish species in the exhibit aquariums.

Vermont’s regular bass season also opens on June 9, marking the start of some of the hottest bass fishing action in the northeast. The season opens each year on the second Saturday in June and extends through the last day of November.

Fish & Wildlife also has teamed up with Vermont State Parks to offer the ‘Reel Fun Fishing’ program to be scheduled by park interpreters on Free Fishing Day and during the summer at some state parks. The program provides loaner tackle kits and fishing clinics free of charge to anyone interested in fishing at a Vermont State Park. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 15 or older except on Free Fishing Day. Information on Reel Fun Fishing can be found at

Kim Loeffler Named First Johnson Women's Triathlon Coach

Johnson State College Director of Athletics and Recreation Jamey Ventura announced on Tuesday the hiring of Kim Loeffler as the first head triathlon coach in program history. The program will begin competing in the fall of 2018 as Johnson State transitions to Northern Vermont University-Johnson.

"We chose Kim from an excellent pool of applicants and feel she is the perfect person to lead the Northern Vermont University-Johnson women's triathlon program," said Ventura. "She is a proven champion as a triathlete and we are confident her experience will translate to her ability to recruit high level student athletes and coaching them to achieve greatness in the sport and in the classroom."

Loeffler brings an extensive background as both a coach and competitor. She competed professionally as a triathlete for USA Triathlon for twelve years. In her career, she recorded three national championships, 10 podium finishes, qualified for 12 world championships and broke two Ironman run course records. She was ranked as the top American in the world following a top U.S. finish and 8th place overall at the 2005 Ironman World Championship.

As a coach, Loeffler has co-owned and operated On Track Health and Wellness in Burlington since 2001, where she serves as a triathlon and running coach and personal trainer. Loeffler has also coached the cross country team at South Burlington High School since 2014, and has taught physical education at the University of Vermont since 2016.

"It is an honor to be joining the Northern Vermont University-Johnson family," said Loeffler. "I am grateful to Jamey Ventura and the search committee for their support and confidence in me to build the first NCAA Women's Triathlon team at NVU-Johnson. It has been extremely exciting to watch the sport of triathlon grow from its debut in the 2000 Olympics to an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women. I look forward to the challenge of recruiting high quality student-athletes and developing a nationally competitive women's triathlon program at NVU-Johnson."

Loeffler was a Division I student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts, competing on the cross country and track & field teams. She graduated from UMass in 1995 with a bachelor of arts in psychology, and then went on to earn a master of science in exercise physiology in 2000.

ACT, Thunder Road Add Race Monitor Service for 2018 Season

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road officials announced today they have agreed to offer the Race Monitor live timing service for fans and racers during the 2018 racing season. The subscription-based service allows those with the Race Monitor app to view live lap times on smartphones, tablets, and other internet-connected devices.

Race Monitor is used by tracks and series worldwide, allowing spectators to see how their favorite drivers are doing compared to the competition. Information such as a driver’s last lap time, best lap, and distance behind the leader are streamed directly from a track’s electronic timing and scoring system. Both basic and “Plus” app subscriptions are available on Android and Apple iOS devices.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve fan engagement,” ACT and Thunder Road co-owner Cris Michaud said. “After looking at what Race Monitor has to offer, the decision to add it was a no-brainer. We think it will add a lot to the fan experience at the track for those who use it.”

ACT fans will get to view Race Monitor in action for the first time as part of the season-opening New Hampshire Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 15. Thunder Road fans will be introduced to the service during the 20th Annual Community Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29. The Race Monitor service will be offered for all 2018 ACT & Thunder Road racing events where electronic timing and scoring is used.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit

F&W’s 2018 Conservation Camp Program Announced

If you are 12 to 14 years old and want to learn about Vermont's wildlife and gain outdoor skills, consider attending one of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's Green Mountain Conservation Camps this summer.

The one-week camp program is held at Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Campers participate in hands-on learning about fish and wildlife conservation, ecology, forestry, orienteering, safe firearm and archery techniques, swimming, canoeing, fishing and more. Natural resource professionals come to the camp to share information on their programs and take campers out for field activities.

“Whether kids come alone or with friends, they are guaranteed to meet new people and form new bonds while experiencing Vermont’s natural resources to the fullest,” said Fish & Wildlife Education Coordinator Alison Thomas. “An important take-away message and common theme during the week is that conserving and managing habitat will help ensure Vermont will have fish and wildlife in the future.”

“We would love to have all of the advanced sessions filled for girls who have already attended a basic session,” added Thomas. “Advanced sessions are for campers who have completed a basic session the summer before and who are 16 years old or younger. Advanced sessions include more in-depth activities about backpacking, camping, natural resources, and unique hunting and fishing techniques.”

Conservation Camps open June 17 and continue until August 17. Tuition is $250 for the week, including food, lodging and equipment.

Online applications and information are available at

For more information about Green Mountain Conservation Camps contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 802-828-1460.

Vermont Trout Unlimited Launches Eighth Annual Fly Fishing Summer Camp for Teens

Vermont Trout Unlimited announces year eight of their fly fishing camp for Vermont teens ages 13 to 16. Teens interested in either learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their basic skill level along side some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers, are invited to apply. The 2018 camp is scheduled for Sunday June 24th through Thursday June 28th at Jackson’s Lodge in Canaan, Vermont.

Louis Porter, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner supports TU’s educational efforts. “TU’s Fly Fishing Camp for Teens is an incredible program dedicated to educating our next generation of fly fishermen and women to help ensure that our precious coldwater fisheries here in Vermont will be taken care of well into the future.”

Participants in the 5 day/4 night comprehensive program will learn and practice casting, basic fly tying, knot craft, insect identification and imitation (entomology), fish identification and behavior (ichthyology) safe wading techniques, angling ethics and coldwater conservation. Campers will hone their skills on local lakes, ponds and streams, including the Connecticut River.

Our host, Jackson’s Lodge, ( is located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on Wallace Pond and is a short five-minute drive from the Connecticut River.

Prospective campers are encouraged to apply no later than April 15, 2018 to secure a spot for this year’s program. The cost for the 5-day camp is $450. Scholarships may be available on an “as-needed” basis.

Trout Unlimited is a non-profit organization that has dedicated over 50 years to the conservation, protection and restoration of North America’s cold-water fisheries and watersheds.

For complete information about the TU Fly Fishing Camp, an application form, and many videos of the camp, go to or e-mail Kurt Budliger, camp director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PASS, NEMST to Headline “Milk Bowl Friday” at Thunder Road

Thunder Road officials announced today that both the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models and the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) have been added to the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend presented by Northfield Savings Bank in 2018. The two series will be part of a special “Milk Bowl Friday” event to be held on Friday, September 28.

It will be the second PASS North visit of the 2018 season to the Barre high banks, joining the Memorial Day Classic event that has been on the PASS calendar since 2015. For NEMST, they will make the trip to Thunder Road for the second time in their history and the first since 2013.

Milk Bowl Friday will be a one-day event for both series, with the PASS Super Late Models running a 150-lap main event and NEMST scheduled for a 50-lap feature. The V8 Street Stock Showdown Series and Thunder Road’s Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will round out the card. Post time is set for 6:00pm.

The addition of Milk Bowl Friday makes the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl a true three-day event, with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day on Saturday, September 29 and the Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, September 30. The

Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and New England Dwarf Cars will be on the card for Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or visit

Thunder Road Announces 19-Event Schedule for 2018 Season

Thunder Road officials have announced the release of the 2018 schedule of events at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”. Nineteen racing events are planned for the Barre high banks spanning late April until late September.

The 58th season of racing will open with the 20th annual Community Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will make the first of two visits to Thunder Road in 2018. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will kick off their seasons as well. The Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” chase will begin at the 56th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 27, which will again feature a visit from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models.

Weekly competition gets underway with a special Friday night event on June 8. Thursday night events will begin on June 14 and run through August 23. Highlights of the Thunder Road summer of racing include the Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3; the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 19; the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 26; and the 34th M&M Beverage Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 5. The Myers Container Services Triple Crown Series for the Flying Tigers will return in 2018 with dates to be announced.

The 2017 “King of the Road” will be crowned at the Thursday finale on August 23 as part of Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night. The Flying Tigers and Street Stocks will crown their 2018 champions at the 40th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, September 2, which features the second visit of the year for the ACT Late Model Tour.

The season will conclude with the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend, which has been expanded to three days of competition in 2018. A special “Milk Bowl Friday” event will be held Friday, September 28. Details of the event will be announced shortly. Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 with the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, September 30.

Season passes for the 2018 Thunder Road season are now available and can be ordered by contacting the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the 2018 season, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

2018 Thunder Road Schedule of Events


-- Sat Apr 28 Downtown Barre Car Show & Practice Session

1 Sun Apr 29 20th Community Bank 150 – ACT Tour

2 Sun May 27 56th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100/PASS 150

3 Fri Jun 8 Regular Event

4 Thu Jun 14 Casella Waste Management Night – New England Antique Racers

5 Thu Jun 21 North Country Federal Credit Union – Scout Night

6 Thu Jun 28 Community College of Vermont Night

7 Tue Jul 03 Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular/Fireworks

8 Thu Jul 05 Premium Mortgage Night

9 Thu Jul 12 Fairpoint Communications Night

10 Thu Jul 19 39th VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150

11 Thu Jul 26 Times Argus Mid-Season Championships – Driver Autographs

12 Thu Aug 02 WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets

13 Sun Aug 05 34th M&M Beverage Enduro 200 – Street Stock Special

14 Thu Aug 09 Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night

15 Thu Aug 16 U.S. Army Recruiting Night

16 Thu Aug 23 Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing – Run What-U-Brung

17 Sun Sep 02 40th Coca Cola Labor Day Classic 200 – ACT Tour

18 Fri Sep 28 Milk Bowl Friday Special Event – Details TBA

19 Sat Sep 29 Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day

Sun Sep 30 56th Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank

Schedule subject to change


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