Saxton's - Grafton to Connecticut River

Saxton's, Vermont, US


Grafton to Connecticut River

Usual Difficulty II-III(V) (for normal flows)
Length 11 Miles

River Description

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.

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-10-30 01:21:45

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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February 1 2012 (2208 days ago)
Cagg1271 (153409)
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).
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,

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