John Arney shared:
There are several drops on this run which deserve notice. First, under the bridge in the town of Saxtons River is a drop worth scouting--pushing class 4-5 when the river is up. Then, entering Bellows Falls, the river takes some BIG drops through Twin Falls, visible from Gage Road. Reminiscent of the big three on the Green--these are twenty-plus-footers, definitely class 5+, local fisherman told me 13 people have died there in diving accidents. Do not know if they have been run in a kayak, assume they have been. The owner has posted the %&$# out of it.
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I grew up around this river. I was visiting family over Christmas and took a ride along 123 to see what all had happened since Irene. I was astounded. Not only by the devastation I witnessed ( homes destroyed, 8+ inches of riversilt covering fields) but the way the riverbed itself has changed. It went from a quiet, lazy river with a handful of rapids and a few good size drops, to a wider, shallower bed of boulders. I couldn't get over how a river that had been so consistent for so long, has become primitive once again.
In my opinion, it would be interesting to pick your way down this river now (with the right flow).
8 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.
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