Middlebury - Ripton to E. Middlebury

Middlebury, Vermont, US


Ripton to E. Middlebury

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 2.6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 200 fpm

Middlebury Gorge

Middlebury Gorge
Photo of Fred Correll by Pat Rogers taken 06/14/03

River Description

Source: Greg and Sue Hanlon's Steep Creeks of New England, which has more info on this run. Text used with permission.

Directions: The putin is just west of Ripton, downstream of where Rte. 125 crosses the river.
To takeout: drive about 2.5 miles West on Rte. 125 toward Middlebury. The first bridge across the river is the takeout.

The following info was posted by Fred Coriell on 03-11-02
We have been paddling the lower half of the run, which still has some of the best whitewater in the state. To access this park at the second pull out on the left side of the road when heading up from the East Middlebury bridge. Walk back down the road 1/4 mile, about 80 yards past the 40mph sign. Dive into the woods and pick your way down the steep bank. It requires lowering boats two different times, but is well worth the effort.

StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2006-01-16 20:32:04

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 22 2014 (1397 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
Please note the comment from VTrans about construction on the bridge. VTrans is advising paddlers
to stay away from the bridge for at least a month and a half.
April 22 2014 (1397 days ago)
Ryan McCallDetails
Please be advised that VTrans is replacing the Sand Hill Bridge on Route 125 in East Middlebury
over the Middlebury River. Construction will take place over next 45 days, 24 hours/day. There is
the potential for debris to fall from the project during demolition and construction, in addition
heavy machinery will be in operation in the direct vicinity of the bridge along VTrans right of
way. Please be advised that VTrans is warning all recreational users of the Middlebury River to
avoid the immediate vicinity of the bridge until further notice. The following link will take you
to the project website which has detour details and the bridge closure dates as well as contact
information. http://rmw.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/bridge_projects/m_13/ Thank you for your
cooperation. William H. Farley P.E., CPESC VT Agency of Transportation Assistant Construction
Environmental Engineer Office (802) 828-5483
September 13 2011 (2349 days ago)
Ed ClarkDetails
Ran the gorge post Irene, All good to go but both fallopian and rebirth are significantly
different- probably worth a look, the run below the gorge is better if anything and at yo mom the
sieve is completely plugged at present.
September 5 2011 (2358 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,
March 30 2009 (3246 days ago)
x (1)
More wood in the Gorge the entrance to fallopian is unrunnable. Note that this comment is NOT old
April 30, 2010 March 28th 2010: big wood in "Your Mom" sorry for the nasty pun.... portage!!
March 28 2009 (3248 days ago)
x (1)
Just heard there's new wood in Rebirth...Midd Gorge is back out for the time being.
July 24 2008 (3495 days ago)
Jeff SharpeDetails
The word on the street is that the wood in Rebirth is gone as of 7/24/08. Probably flushed out
during one of the high water events we had recently.
October 1 2007 (3792 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
Christian Woodward reported on 9-30-07: The wood's still in there, as you can see from the linked
picture (http://s157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/cswoodard/?action=view¤t=IMGP0267.jpg), but
it has shifted a little bit downstream since that post, so that there's clearance to get through.
The log is right in Rebirth, but as long as it's a reasonable level, you can get under on the right
side. If you come up and run it and aren't sure about the clearance, there is a legitimate, though
steep, path that you can walk down to the bottom of the Birth Canal and check.
April 11 2007 (3965 days ago)
Ed ClarkDetails
Ditto on the log- it means we're back to a very stout portage which is NOT possible from the level
immediately above the log-BE CAREFUL
April 9 2007 (3967 days ago)
Colby CookDetails
CAUTION: As of 04/08/07, there is wood that has collected in the entrance to Rebirth. At low water,
the log sits a foot or two above the water and extends across the entire drop.

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