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AW in the NorthEast

American Whitewater has been working for river enthusiasts in the Northeast for decades, with our results being flow and access to many rivers that were for years dry and/or inaccessible. With partner organizations like the Appalachian Mountain Club, Merrimack Valley Paddlers, Kayak and Canoe Club of New York and New England F.L.O.W., AW volunteers are responsible for having created (previously dry) rivers that run on dozens of days per year.

Savage River Releases Coming Up

posted June 22, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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Two Savage River recreational whitewater releases are sponsored by the Adventuresport Program at Garrett College in McHenry, MD this year: Sunday, July 5 and Saturday, September 26Permission to use the take-out over VERSO property for future events depends on paddlers utilizing the shuttle, so please participate in this great service.  Come visit the Savage and find out what the excitement is about!

Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

posted June 2, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 

Annual Deerfield Riverfest Planned for July 11th

posted May 29, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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The 21st Deerfield Riverfest will be held on July 11th in Charlemont (MA). The annual event celebrates whitewater boating on the Deerfield River that resulted from the historic settlement agreement signed by AW, FLOW, AMC and others which provides 106 whitewater release days on the Fife Brook section and 32 releases on the Dryway section of the Deerfield River. The festival is AW's biggest fundraiser in the northeast and supports our stewardship work in the region. See you at the Fest!

2015 Northeast Whitewater Release Schedule Set

posted March 27, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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Northeast boaters are celebrating the end of a long, cold and snowy winter and are making boating plans for the year. Here is the 2015 Northeast Release Schedule

Deerfield River (MA) Hydro Relicensing: Building on Past Success

posted March 24, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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Twenty years after reaching a historic settlement agreement on the Deerfield River hydropower relicensing that has transformed northeast paddling opportunities, we began another relicensing process this spring that will likely result in improvement in flows, access and facilities for boaters in the region.

AW, MVP Protect Land and Access on the Contoocook River (NH)

posted June 18, 2013
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater and Merrimack Valley Paddlers have reached an agreement to purchase a 10-acre parcel fronting on Contoocook River in Henniker, NH. The land serves as an important launch point for whitewater paddlers enjoying the popular section of the river that runs from Hillsborough to Henniker. This section of the Contoocook River contains rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to Class IV.

Moose River Video

posted January 18, 2011
by Mark Singleton
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2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers!  View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.

posted August 28, 2006
by Thomas O'Keefe

Upcoming Events

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July 2014

Deerfield Fest
3:00 pm -11:45 pm est


Beaver - Taylorville Section Release Lowville,NY runs 08/30/08 - 09/28/13
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Esopus Whitewater Funfest Phoenicia,NY runs 06/02/12 - 06/03/12
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NY, Salmon River Release Lake Ontario,NY runs 06/23/07 - 09/02/12
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West River Release Jamaica,VT runs 04/26/08 - 09/28/13
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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases Fife Brook,MA runs 07/29/05 - 10/13/13
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4th Annual Spring Black Moose Event Lyons Falls, NY,NY runs 05/10/13 - 05/12/13
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Penobscot: Canada Falls Rockwood,ME runs 07/05/08 - 09/21/13
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Deerfield Fest Charlemont,MA runs 07/12/14 - 07/12/14
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Farmington River Release New Boston,MA runs 09/05/04 - 09/28/13
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Hoosic River release Hoosic,NY runs 04/21/04 - 04/16/11
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Ashuelot Race and Release Gilsum,NH runs 05/03/08 - 05/03/08
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Blackwater Releases Webster,NH runs 04/18/08 - 04/20/08
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1 Turbine Release Glen Spey,NY runs 04/20/13 - 10/05/13
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Raquette - Stone Valley Release Colton,NY runs 06/30/07 - 09/02/13
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Beaver - Moshier Section Release Lowville,NY runs 08/31/08 - 09/01/13
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Kennebec Releases The Forks,ME runs 05/01/08 - 09/21/13
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Suncook Fall Release Barnstead NH,NH runs 10/04/08 - 10/04/08
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Bottom Moose Releases Lyons Falls,NY runs 04/20/08 - 10/27/13
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Dead River Releases The Forks,ME runs 05/03/08 - 10/05/13
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Esopus Whitewater Funfest Phoenica,NY runs 06/01/13 - 06/02/13
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Black-Moose Kayak Event Spring Kayak Fest Lyons Falls,NY runs 05/16/14 - 05/18/14
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Westfield Releases Huntington,MA runs 03/28/08 - 04/21/13
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Magalloway Releases Oxford County,ME runs 06/28/08 - 09/02/13
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Rapid River Release Upton,ME runs 07/13/12 - 08/12/12
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Potential Hoosic River Release (NY) Schaghticoke,NY runs 04/16/08 - 04/16/08
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Millers Releases Erving,MA runs 04/12/08 - 04/14/13
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Deerfield Dryway/Monroe Schedule Deerfield,MA runs 05/24/08 - 09/15/13
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Lower Otter Brooke Releases Roxbury,NH runs 03/29/08 - 05/04/08
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Associated Projects

  • Ausable Access (NY)
    AW has fought a dam owners attempt to block access to the stunning Ausable Chasm.
  • Beaver Relicensing (NY)
    AW worked on restoring several boating flows to the Beaver River through a relicensing process, which concluded in 1999.
  • Black River (NY)
    AW blocked the construction of a new dam on the Black and later settled for significant mitigation.
  • Deerfield River (MA)
    The Deerfield was one of American Whitewater's first FERC relicensing victory's and remains one of the most impressive and valuable to the paddling community.
  • Green River (VT)
    American Whitewater is working to include recreational releases on this Class IV-V stretch of river through the dam re-licensing process.
  • Holtwood Dam - Susqehanna (PA)
    Dam Owner is proposing to reduce flows and alter channel containing whitewater features as part of a FERC license amendment.
  • Hoosic River (NY)
    American Whitewater negotiated recreational releases on a bypassed reach of the Hoosic River near Albany New York that contains both Class III and Class V opportunities.
  • Moose River (NY)
    AW fought a proposal to dewater the Moose River beginning in 1982, and ultimately secured some of the first recreational releases in the nation.
  • Saranac River (NY)
    AW used dam relicensing to advocate for land conservation, instream flows, and public access.
  • West Canada Creek (NY)
    American Whitewater is working to maintain paddling opportunities on West Canada Creek.
  • West River (VT)
    Paddlers have long enjoyed and defended the few recreational releases on Vermont's West River. New hydro proposals may offer opportunities or impacts.