This long-neglected stream is on AW's Top Ten Stewardship Issues for 2011. The Vermont Paddlers Club noticed a dam relicensing in 2010, and they report a healthy set of III, IV, and V rapids on this river. Hopefully there will be a regular release schedule in the future.
Lat/Longitude data are very approximate. Also see W. Leyden to covered bridge.
Ran this at around 300 cfs in November 2006. There is definitely nothing class III at that level, except one rapid, which I walked; and perhaps the last drop, which is in sight of the takeout. The one I walked is the site of some mostly blown out wooden mill works. At our level, it consisted of several narrow, but easy channels through the ledge. After going down the top channeI on river right (where most of the water goes), you must quickly ferry to the center in a short pool to run the rest of the drop without encountering some wood debris on river right.
The final potential III is about a 2.5' sloping drop into a moderate hole. I flipped in the hole, but washed out quickly and rolled in the flatwater.
If a class II run that barely ever runs seems not worth your concern, I would recommend that you consider it, especially in Fall, for it's beautiful, unspoiled scenery.
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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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