Rock - Penner Road to Williamsville Covered Bridge

Rock, Vermont, US


Penner Road to Williamsville Covered Bridge

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles

River Description

This section has been changed completely by Hurricane Irene and the restoration efforts.  The river's course was altered by the flood, and it was returned to pretty much its orginal course afterwards through manmade methods.  The channel has been deepened and most rocks have moved or been moved, so the rapids are all new.  There has been heavy equipment in or near the river since the flood in August of 2011, and I have no reports of this stretch being run as of December 2011.  

Those who try to run this should scout it carefully.  This section is continuing to take down trees as it solidifies its new pathway, and will be evolving rapidly in the coming months and years.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-12-03 05:00:01


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 11 2011 (2416 days ago)
Mark LacroixDetails
Hurricane Irene on August 28th 2011 devastated many of the river in Vermont. The following post bay
Alan Darling appeared on NPMB in early September of 2011. The Rock River's rapids have changed
significantly. The State of Vermont has also warned us to stay out of the water. It is toxic and
septic. Above the covered bridge, there is heavy equipment in the river channel, repairing the road
and restoring the river to its original channel, which means that gas and oil are going into the
water. Houses along the Rock River were washed away by the flood, and pieces of them could be
underwater, or could get washed down as you paddle the river. There are also floating propane
tanks, septic tanks and leach fields that are still leaching into the river (in many places, half
or all of a leach field were washed away by the river). There are countless strainers that were
washed into the river. According to the EPA, it will take 5 to 10 years for the river's wildlife to
return, which is why they permitted the heavy equipment to go into the river. The river conditions
will be changing regularly as it washes the garbage and strainers downstream.
September 5 2011 (2422 days ago)
Mark LacroixDetails
On August 28th, 2011 Hurricane Irene struck New England. The resulting floods caused extensive
damage throughout the region, the worst in over 100 years. More than half the rivers in Vermont and
northern New Hampshire recorded their highest flow levels ever. Many roads, guardrails, power
lines, bridges, trees and other debris now litter several rivers throughout the region. River beds
have been scoured and changed course, many new strainers make navigation problematic at best and
downright dangerous at worse. Please realize that the river description you see here may not match
current situation after the floods. Use common sense and when in doubt scout especially on blind
drops. Also, if you run this river in the next year or so please comment on its navigability, even
if there are no problems this will be very helpful. Please report any new strainers or changes to
the rapids that will impact future boating. Thank you,

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