Start in Bondville across from the school just below Rte 30 Bridge. The first half of the river can be seen from the road and is mostly continuous Class 3. The second half of the run is away from the road and slightly easier than the first half. Take out at the closed bridge, or continue down to Londonderry Falls (class 4), which has some big holes! You can portage the falls from river left. Below lies more of the same as above the falls. You can take out at the Army Corps of Engineers Winhall Campground
At higher river levels >1.8' there is very good surfing and holes throughout.
Me and three pals ran this on 4/28/07. We came up from NYC and NJ to run the West. After doing so we decided to run the Winhall. All the other creeks in the area looked to low and although the Winhall was low it was very runable, no real scraping and had surfable waves. We put-in at above said sugested put-in. We were going to use the Mobil gas station (with permision) as a take-out but instead used a dirt road that parrelled the Winhall and took out before Londonderrry rapids since we were short on time. At this low level we did not find any rapids too hard for someone used to CL3. We also did not enounter any real strainers (there were a few but close to the banks and easy to avoid). The rapids were fairly continuous, a mix of class 2 and class three. Often, the the CL2 rapids were my 'break' between CL3 rapids. No long flat sections. Where it was flat it was short and the current kept us moving. 'boogie water'.
All four of us liked it better than the West. No long portage down the dam, no crowd, easy shuttle and non-stop fun. If I ever come back for the West release, it's my intention to get back on this. We were going to do it again Sunday but my friend checked it out and said it looked too low.
About the dirt road: it's a good thing I had tow-rope. I parked along the side, waiting for my friends and all of the sudden the passanger side of the mini-van dropped about a foot into the mud (understand I was not moving). I would have otherwise been stuck.
8 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
The correlation gauge is the West in Jamaica. This is a guess. If you run this section please leave a comment with the level.
There is a hand painted gage on the downstream side of the Rt 30 bridge.
1' low to medium
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