Moose - 1. Victory Bog to Concord

Moose, Vermont, US


1. Victory Bog to Concord (Upper)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 3.2 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01134500 5.30 - 10.00 ft II-III 00h52m 3.64 ft (too low)

River Description

Posted by Mike Fullerton on the VPC message board
This was a great trip! Weather and water combined for a mostly sunny class IV experience. The river was coming up as we put in and at first we were made nervous by a large mass of ice chunks and logs floating down from Victory Bog. We waited a while and it diminished, but our sweep boat kept a close eye astern ready to blow a long blast on the whistle when a stray log appeared. Proper caution got us all eddied out when one or two showed up.

The gauge staff was under water when we went by. The top of the staff is 6.3' and Mike Smorgans measured about a foot of paddle above that (this translated to 1000 cfs, according to the online USGS gauge). The water rose as we paddled. Rapids on the upper Moose are short, sweet and close together. Some were fairly large this day. Only two paddlers tested the waters and only for quick dips. The mid section, normally mellow and slow, was busy and before we knew it we were above the bridge for the final hurrah. The ledge above the bridge was darned big, but we found at least half a dozen ways to get through, all without mishap. The section below the bridge was complex with big waves in the center, but again, many routes were found.

-- Mike Fullerton

Note: this can be combined with the Lower section for an 18-mile run.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2003-04-27 07:26:47

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 5 2011 (2357 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,
May 29 2009 (3186 days ago)
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After some more experience and many runs on the river, here's an update... 5.3' is low boatable,
class II (III). At 6.0 to 7.0' the best play levels are in for good waves and some holes, and
really this is the best level for this run. At 6.0'-7.0' The run is mostly III, with class II
through the middle portion. At 8.0' and higher, the upper section washes out, but the last rapid
gets meatier.

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