Wardsboro Brook - North Wardsboro to West River

Wardsboro Brook, Vermont, US


North Wardsboro to West River

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 4.5 Miles

First drop

First drop
Photo by Dave Redden

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01155500 2000 - 4000 cfs III-IV 01h09m 738 cfs (too low)

River Description

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.

The gauge is a guess. If you run this section please leave a comment with what the gauge was reading.

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Last Updated: 2018-05-01 00:07:54

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User Comments

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May 2 2018 (259 days ago)
Corey McAleveyDetails
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)