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u·mi·ak  out·door  out·fit·ters  |   o͞omēˌak   outˌdôr  outˌfidərs



an open Inuit boat that consists of a wooden frame covered with skins and provided with several thwarts: used for transport of goods and passengers.


Umiak Outdoor Outfitters is Vermont's outdoor adventure center. We are a full-service outfitter offering retail sales, demos, safety instruction, tours, rentals, children's / custom programs, and more. Our staff is comprised of some of New England's top-trained outdoor enthusiasts who love any opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with others.



Our retail stores stock over 50 models of kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards from the world's top manufacturers. Our retail staff can help you with all of your boating needs to get you on the water. We have an online catalog to help you browse our inventory 24/7. We carry new and used boats from recreational to performance for all types of adventures and people. As well as paddling accessories and clothing. Come in today to find out how you can get outfitted the right way for a lifetime of paddling. Test paddle at the Stowe Store in our backyard pond before you buy. Demo a boat in Richmond by appointment at a nearby lake. Every day is a DEMO DAY at Umiak.


Come to visit our outpost at Waterbury Reservoir's Day Use Area, We have a great selection of canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards to rent. Enjoy all the joys of paddling without having to transport the boats.


Our river trips run on the Lamoille and Winooski Rivers and offer beginner to intermediate paddling adventures. We have four-mile and nine-mile trips with guided, self-guided, or custom options available. We also run custom advanced river trips and whitewater lessons. 


Umiak offers instructional classes such as: Introduction to Kayaking, Canoeing, and Stand Up Paddleboarding; Kayak Rescue; Sea Kayaking Essentials; and Kayak Rolling.



Umiak is Stowe's backcountry ski specialist. We have ski demos available and offer a full schedule of backcountry ski clinics. We've got equipment from K2,  Scott, Fischer, Black Diamond, and G3. Rentals are available...or learn some turns with our guided backcountry tours. 


Umiak is also Vermont's leading dealer of TUBBS Snowshoes! Snowshoeing has become one of the world's favorite winter recreational activities. Let Umiak Outdoor Outfitters guide you on a crisp winter evening adventure that ends with a crackling fire and some great food and drink. OR..... rent a pair of our snowshoes and take them on your own private excursion.

Our tubing tours have been a huge hit in the winter months! Join us for an adventure you won't ever forget. Your guide will take you on a snowshoe through easy wooded nature trails to see a panoramic mountain lake view. Then, snowshoe over to our sledding hill! We'll take multiple runs by snowshoeing up and sledding down.

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