Base Camp

BVO 2021

BVO chose NOT to open for the 2020 season- sadly
However we WILL reopen for the 2021 season with limitations

We will be emphasizing our vacation getaways - we will have 2 in place this summer, as we transition what is now the shop, to a getaway. All BVO shop and check-in will then happen in the barn.

Our river trips will be limited to 1 van, 8 ppl to a van.
We intend to run 2 trips a day. Van leaves at 9:30, and again at approx 12:00
We will be open Fri-Mon 9:00-5:00

All trips will be booked in advance, prepaid, pre-waivered- ready to go! We are in the process of upgrading this website to simplify the pre-booking process.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate walk-in business.

Masks will be required in the van

While we set up the new website- please feel free to call and leave a message. All callers will be honored in the order they were received. A credit card will solidify the booking.

We try to treat each trip on the Battenkill as more than an amusement park ride or drinking party. The Battenkill is a beautiful, natural resource, and last year saw it's share of overuse and abuse.

BVO draws amazing clientele from all over the region and globe- we hope to be the ones to offer you an amazing experience.

Stay safe- Be well

Lisa & Don

PLEASE CALL/TEXT 518 796-9034

Otherwise: in the shop 518 677-3311

Welcome to Base Camp...... where adventures begin.....end....and are rekindled. We have been offering custom trips, adventures, and memories since 2003. Welcome to BVO!

Why BVO?

BVO opened in 2003. With over 20 years prior experience working as wholesale canoe and kayak reps, helping establish the paddle sport industry, we decided to bring our expertise to a local level.
  • Offering rentals of canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes, and bicycles
  • Sales of canoes, kayaks, and gear for the outdoors
  • Area hiking options
  • Vacation getaway lodging
Tucked against the hills, adjacent to a State hiking trail, our off-grid business offers outdoor experiences to folks of all levels, and advice for regional adventures. We offer secure parking, change rooms, flush bathrooms, and spacious grounds to picnic on, if  desired. Connecting friends and family.... Come discover with us!

Plus, we have a terrific staff! They make all the difference

BVO supports a staff of ambitious college students and professional adults experienced in their field. Our college students are aiming for Biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, aviation, education, medicine, and pharmaceutical . Your choice to come to BVO is a choice to experience these great minds, great service, and support these futures! It does make a difference.

Weather determines whether!
Partly Cloudy
7:15am6:00pm EDT
Feels like: 68°F
Wind: 13mph S
Humidity: 68%
Pressure: 30.18"Hg
UV index: 3
05:1220:34 EDT
Feels like: 66°F
Wind: 3mph NW
Humidity: 66%
Pressure: 29.99"Hg
UV index: 4


  • Flow: 428 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 4.83 ft