Waterman Brook - Upper French Hill Rd to River Rd

Waterman Brook, Vermont, US


Upper French Hill Rd to River Rd

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 1.58 Miles
Avg. Gradient 198 fpm

Kettle Falls

Kettle Falls
Photo of Simone by Scott G taken 05/10/09 @ high runnable

River Description

   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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-07-14 02:15:03


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 5 2011 (2357 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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