This photo needs editing.
Difficulty I-III(IV)
Length 5.25 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 06/16/2011 1:06 am

River Description


This section of the Stillwater River is mostly flatwater, but there is one significant whitwater section near the dam on Stillwater Avenue. The section below the dam is best run in the spring when the flows are high. By summer and autmun the flows are generally very low, and in the winter it is partially frozen.

After, Gilman Falls the river continues on through an almost entirely flatwater section for around 2.5 miles. After 2.5 miles the river comes to the Stillwater Avenue bridge. Just beyond the bridge (around 180ft) there is a large dam (around 20ft tall). Don't run the dam! The area around the bottom of the dam has some huge rocks and there is a large volume of water flowing over the dam. To the best of my knowledge no one has ever run this dam. Instead find an eddie on the left shore before the bridge or immediately after. Carry your boat across Stillwater Avenue and be sure to watch for traffic as this street is often quite busy. There is a small path that leads down below the dam (see portage photo). 

The dificulty of this run is based on the water level. Unfortunately there is no river gauge along this portion of the Stillwater. Therefore, careful scouting is required before running. At higher levels (usually in the springtime) this can become a class IV- run with large waves and a high volume of water going over the ledges. At normal flows it is a class III run. At particulary low flows the difficulty can drop to around II+, but it also becomes much more rocky.

Rapid Descriptions

Comments

No Gage

Gage Descriptions

Tell us about this gauge by leaving a comment.

Directions Description


We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

No Accident Reports

Alerts

News

article main photo

Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

6/2/2015
Robert Nasdor

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. 

article main photo

KENNEBEC SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT SIGNED !!!

7/26/2001
Nick Lipowski

KENNEBEC SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT SIGNED !!!
ACCESS FEES REMOVED!!
user-avatar

Isaac Godfried

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1200279 06/15/11 Isaac Godfried n/a
1200294 06/16/11 Isaac Godfried grammer correction
1200280 06/16/11 Isaac Godfried Created reach
1200287 06/16/11 Isaac Godfried grammer correction
1200289 06/16/11 Isaac Godfried spelling
1200290 06/16/11 Isaac Godfried grammer correction