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Difficulty III
Length 5.5 Miles
Gauge N/A
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Reach Info Last Updated 04/06/2020 2:41 am

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Description contributed by Bill Blauvelt

5.5 mile run with a 4.5 mile shuttle. Relatively straight forward class III type run with no major rapids or hazards. Much of the river is less than class III.

A gauge is beneath the Storer Hill Rd bridge in Berry Mills on river right. The gauge on Route 142 no longer exists.

I ran it at .4 ft, which was a nice medium low level for me. Most would consider that to about the minimum. A reasonable upper limit is 4 feet although you could certainly do it higher.This is the kind of river where at high water it is just a big fast flush. You can see the river at the takeout, which is one of the easy parts. You can also see it at the 142 bridge crossing, so you can get a good idea if there is adequate, or an overabundance of water for your liking.

The scenery is nice for most of the run, but there are several homes on the lower half of the run. If you see homeowners, smile and wave and represent the community well!

If you drive in from Dixfield, do be alarmed by the class V rapid above the Rt 17 bridge. There is nothing like this on the river between Webb lake and Carthage. From Dixfield, drive north on Rt 142 (Carthage Rd) to Carthage, where the road crosses over the Webb. Park on the right about 1/2 mile past that bridge.

From the takeout, drive 4.5 miles further up Rt 142. There is small place to park a few cars by a trail on the left side of the road. Hike 100 yards or so to the put-in.

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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. 

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KENNEBEC SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT SIGNED !!!

7/26/2001
Nick Lipowski

KENNEBEC SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT SIGNED !!!
ACCESS FEES REMOVED!!
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Samuel Bernstein

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Jeff Paine

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214585 04/06/20 Samuel Bernstein updated description
1202272 05/30/13 Jeff Paine Created
1202271 05/30/13 Jeff Paine n/a
1202273 05/30/13 Jeff Paine Added description
1202290 06/06/13 Jeff Paine Updated per email from Bill Blauvelt