We ran this when the AW gauge was at 2500cfs. It was essentially a muddy farm creek that is only runnable when flooding, and is only worth doing if you truly love to portage around deadly sweepers through the world's thickest thorniest brambles. Truly a struggle, we had to walk around seven or eight sweepers that crossed the whole river. It's really only class I and II whitewater, but the fast current and the lack of eddies make it hard to get out in time when the next sweeper comes up around a corner. Better off running the Poultney..
The Otter Creek gauge is located downstream of the takeout where the Clarendon ends. The range is an estimate based on the 75th percentile of the Otter. If you run this section please leave a comment with the level.
There are no real distinguishable rapids, only 7-10 sweepers that cross the whole river and would absoultely trap you under the water.
7 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
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The Vermont Superior Court sided with American Whitewater in a long-running dispute with the state over whitewater boating on the Green River in Morrisville. The Court overturned state restrictions that would have eliminated any meaningful opportunity for boaters to enjoy this extraordinary river and required scheduled releases in a ground breaking decision.
In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.
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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