Kenfield River - Terrill Gorge

Kenfield River, Vermont, US


Terrill Gorge

Usual Difficulty IV(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 1.25 Miles
Avg. Gradient 160 fpm

Terrill Gorge

Terrill Gorge
Photo of Debbink by Scott G taken 04/27/11 @ a good level

River Description

Falling in between Sterling Brook and Waterman Brook, the Kenfield is the most scenic of the Sterling Range micros, and one of the most scenic runs in a state full of them.  Once run frequently by a group of Stowe Ski Patrolers (and likely once or twice back in the day by Moscow residents /  whitewater heroes, the Kern brothers) it fell into obscurity until being run by several groups in 2011.  

It is formed by the confluence of Meadow Brook from the south and Mud Brook from the north.  As it flows down to the Lamoille it cuts behind Terrill Hill froming the Terrill Gorge.  Chocked full of class III+ and IV rapids, one big scary class V+ and climaxing with a 10ft ramping falls into a scoured out cathedral pool with some good class IV runout, the white water is sure to please.  Levels haven't quite been correlated to a gauge yet, but if you find Sterling or Waterman to have water, this is almost a sure thing.

From the put in you will quickly find a nice long class IV with a couple holes to punch and moves to make.  A short bit of boogie and look for an eddy on your right, you are at the falls.  Unless you are looking to run a very marginal class V+ with serious consequence shoulder your boat, wade across the outflow of the eddy into the right channel, and make your way down the 'island' in the center.  After the falls is a manky bigger drop which we chose to put in below where the river makes a 90 degree turn to the left.  Here begins a mile or so of fun boulder and bedrock drops.   Try not to touch the rocks, (Hazen's Notch Schist) they are quite sharp, and be wary of strainers as with any gorged in micro the situation changes from storm to storm and it would be easy to stumble into some hidden wood.  The final drops you will want to scout, as much to take in the surroundings as to examine the lines.  This is a great run to combine with Sterling or Waterman or for a good fun high water day do the Sterling Range trifecta and hit all three.

There are more and supposedly big drops upstream which have not received much attention as of yet, likely a good place to go exploring when the gorge is looking a bit too fluid.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-07-25 12:52:20


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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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