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.
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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.
Thank you for your cooperation.
William H. Farley P.E., CPESC
VT Agency of Transportation
Assistant Construction Environmental Engineer
Office (802) 828-5483
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.
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.
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The Vermont Supreme Court decided today that whitewater boaters have the right to paddle on the Green River. The Supreme Court affirmed the decision by the Environmental Division of the Superior Court that required the hydropower project on the Green River in Morrisville to provide three annual scheduled releases. This is a precedent setting decision because it establishes that whitewater boating is a designated and existing use protected under the Clean Water Act, that scheduled releases are necessary to protect that use, and that Vermont ANR failed to meet its burden to show that providing scheduled release would result in a lowering of water quality.
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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