Yesterday, April 28th, 2018, I ran the White River in the RASTA Disastour, which is an awesome event - https://www.rastavt.org/
The section of the White River from D's Doghouse near Buffalo Farm Road to roughly the USFS Rochester Ranger Station at about Quarry Hill Farm Road where the White River flows under Route 100 was in perfect condition at this water level.
The conditions at the Ayers Brook gage read 241.00cfs on 04/28/2018 at 11:42:56 just as we were on the river. All I can say is that the river flow was perfect for a delightful paddle: Plenty of fast moving water, some good riffles and some nice waves; perhaps, a couple of Class 2 (maybe) rapids.
There is, however, a mandatory portage for a river wide strainer that exists just as you pass the Hancock Building Supply. You'll see the old sheds on the right. Continue and make the next right turn in the river, but as it straightens again, you must exit on the rocks to the left. Portage down the very convenient beach, rocky shore and put in just below the strainer.
The river flow was perfect in this section at these levels.
Ran the Stockbridge to Bethel section on 4/28/13. Had not run this river or section before, but since there is a dearth of published info on this section post Hurricane Irene, I figured this might help. We put in just downstream of Stockbridge Center on a roadside pull-off on Rt. 107. Took out about 7 miles downstream at another Rt. 107 roadside pull-off which is downstream of Gaysville center and just upstream of the Tosier (sp) Restaurant. We ran the river at what I would describe as a lowish medium level. The online Ayers Brook gage was reading about 75 cfs and the White River at West Hartford Gage was reading about 1700cfs. In only a few spots where the river had really gotten scoured and made wide by the Hurricane did the boats scrap the bottom. All the rapids were full enough and most had clean multiple lines. In my opinion there were two rapids that approached the Class 3 level. Both were upstream of Gaysville. The first one (of these two) encountered was a relatively straight forward abrupt drop and chaotic follow-up with some hole dodging required. It was boat scouted. The second one was probably slightly harder and is better described as an S –turn with holes and some large boulders (again this was upstream of Gaysville). This second rapid (the S turn) was followed by about 75 yards of very fast water flowing into a river wide pine tree strainer. The strainer at this level was a mandatory portage. If you swam in the S turn there is plenty of time to swim to shore before the strainer, but boat retrieval would be difficult. The strainer is beefy, healthy, and new – having come down in late winter or early spring. The strainer is also visible from the road if you are heading towards Bethel on Rt 107 (again before you get to Gaysville). This was the only river-wide strainer on this stretch at this point in time. All the other downed wood was fairly obvious and relatively easy to avoid for competent beginners. After the strainer, there was one more probably Class 2 plus rapid before you reach the bridge at Gaysville. After Gaysville to our take-out, the river became increasingly easier.
There is widespread evidence of Hurricane Irene’s damage all along the entire stretch. Fresh rocks, gravel and sand bars towering high above you; embankments stripped, eroded, and raw; debris piled high in the trees and this is more than a year after the Hurricane. Yet the river still retained some beauty.
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The Ayers Brook gage is on a tributary of the Third Branch of the White in Randolph. Its upstream location can be a better source of information than the lower downstream gage on the White.
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The Vermont Supreme Court decided today that whitewater boaters have the right to paddle on the Green River. The Supreme Court affirmed the decision by the Environmental Division of the Superior Court that required the hydropower project on the Green River in Morrisville to provide three annual scheduled releases. This is a precedent setting decision because it establishes that whitewater boating is a designated and existing use protected under the Clean Water Act, that scheduled releases are necessary to protect that use, and that Vermont ANR failed to meet its burden to show that providing scheduled release would result in a lowering of water quality.
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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.
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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