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Difficulty I-III
Length 4 Miles
Gauge WALLOOMSAC RIVER NEAR NORTH BENNINGTON, VT
Flow Range 550 - 2500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 17 minutes ago 255 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/17/2018 10:56 pm

River Description


To preface this I haven't ran this stretch of river, but I scouted it extensively at 600 cfs on the gauge. At 600 cfs, I'd call it low, low runnable. 

The Walloomsac was one of the VT rivers that got destroyed by Hurricane Irene. It clearly is massively eroded and now has a very large riverbed for a river its size. Here is a video from Irene of the Walloomsac during Irene in Bennington. Therefore, it now often splits into one or two channels around sandy rocky islands - and needs more water to run. 

During the 4 mile stretch I scouted, between the AT crossing and right outside Bennington, there were no significant drops. However, it is pretty much continious class II-III for 4 miles. Very few stops and a shallow riverbed wouldn't make it friendly for beginner-intermediate paddlers, but I can imagine having a bunch of fun at levels above 800 or 1000 cfs on the gauge. There appeared to be one or two nasty holes, but all avoidable. 

The gauge is far below this run - where the Walloomsac continues on from Bennington to Hoosick Falls, NY. I don't know what's in that section - however, there is a class III on it under the rt 22 bridge north of Hoosick Falls. Substantial two-tiered ledge drop. Runnable at 600 cfs. 

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AW Wins Court Battle Protecting Green River (VT) Boating

9/21/2018
Robert Nasdor

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.

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Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

12/6/2015
Robert Nasdor

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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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

6/2/2015
Robert Nasdor

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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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1191846 04/02/01 n/a n/a
1209265 04/18/18 Alex Barham Location
1209371 04/30/18 Alex Barham gauge and info
1209622 05/17/18 Jackson Ennis updated with basic info
1209623 05/17/18 Jackson Ennis updated with video from Irene