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Difficulty III-IV
Length 4.5 Miles
Gauge WEST RIVER AT JAMAICA, VT
Flow Range 2000 - 4000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 58 minutes ago 451 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/01/2018 12:07 am

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Simon Wiles shared:

Started just above the bridge in Wardsboro. Good high level. Some sizable holes to dodge in middle portion of river. Easy warm up and down, and most of it can be viewed from Rte 100. Take out at the bridge just before the west. Very Similar to Ball Mountain Brook, but would get my vote as being a slightly better run.
 

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Corey McAlevey
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1 year ago

This may be useful to people passing through for west fest/etc. Take out "guage" gear is lookers right upstream from the takeout bridge, along the shore. There is a rusty metal gear about the size of a soccer ball. If there is about 1-1.5" from the water to the bottom of the gear, you will have a FUN creeky run. With good river reading skills you can pick your way down having fun(or paying for your mistakes), attaining and surfing with ease, the river has a lot of fun features at this level. If the water comes to the bottom of the gear the river is a more continuous class 2/3(4) read n run, rock hole dodge boof fest. Middle of the gear is more of the same, but expect long swims and holes that will stop you. Technically I think it gets easier but the continuous nature demands solid skills. There are two blind steep drops worth scouting for wood, 1 about a mile in just after you pass under a tall bridge, the river bends right and splits, I stay to the inside corner to avoid constantly shifting wood on the outside. The biggest drop is about 1/2 mile from the takeout, it's a sharp blind left hand corner, scout from the banks on the left. (neither are visible from the road)

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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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What is the Army Corps Doing on the West River (VT)?

11/25/2003
Jason Robertson

The Army Corps cut the September release at the Ball Mountain Dam from two days to one. Learn why and what AW is doing to protect this river.
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1209373 05/01/18 Alex Barham gauge and info
1209266 04/18/18 Alex Barham Location and Info
1209352 04/30/18 Alex Barham Cover Photo Added
1191847 04/29/05 simon wiles n/a