Waterman is another micro of the Northern Peaks of Mansfield, specifically Sterling Peak (yes Waterman drains Sterling Peak, and Sterling drains Madonna peak) emptying into the Lamoille. It begins as a tiny creek but confluences with French Hill Brook and Belding Pond Brook half way through to gain volume. The second half contains good ledges and a great clean 15 foot falls into cauldron, known as Kettle falls. It runs on similar schedule to Sterling and Kenfield Brooks but is a slight step up from both. Most drops are in the IV+ range but one is a serious V with a big sieve and undercut eddy/room at the end. One descent of this rapid known to date. Water levels can be a bit tricky with a narrow window for a good medium, through which the creek passes quickly. As with all micros wood can be an issue so don't go running anything blind.
The gauge is located on the Lamoille near the confluence where the Waterman ends. The flow range is estimated based on going above the 75th percentile. If you run this section please leave a comment with more beta.
8 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
No real solid correlation built yet, but look for the Lamoille at Johnson to be over 3000, although after a good rain this gauge might not be responding quick enough to indicate Waterman is flowing, in which case look for Ranch Brook to be up at 75+. Working on collecting more info for this one. Its rarely paddled but it is very good.
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