New Haven, Vermont, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||165 fpm|
|NEW HAVEN RIVER @ BROOKSVILLE, NR MIDDLEBURY, VT|
|usgs-04282525||300 - 1480 cfs||IV+||00h41m||184 cfs (too low)|
The New Haven "Ledges" is a classic Vermont creek run. It may be short, but there are
plenty of great rapids and drops in that distance. Multiple runs are the norm, and it's a great
place for an after-work run.
From the putin, boulder garden rapids interspersed by fast moving water lead to the ledges. Multiple lines exist down these sloping drops, guarded by sizable holes.
A few more boulder rapids lead to a short pool above Toaster, the largest single drop on the river. This 15-foot fall has changed since the guidebook was written and is now a simple run down the centre.
After Toaster the run is a continous rapid right to the takeout, with more boulder gardens and some great boof ledges.
Steep Creeks of New England has more info on this run.
From Bristol, take Rte. 116 East for a couple of miles. Just after crossing the New Haven, take a right onto Lincoln Rd. and follow toward West Lincoln. Put in about 1.5 miles up this road, above all visible rapids, before entering West Lincoln, where there is a large parking area on the right. Most rapids can be scouted from the road on the way up, or from convenient pull-offs.
To takeout: head downstream, back to 116, and take a left. Cross the bridge and park in the White Church parking lot next to the river. Please change conservatively. On a busy church day, park in the last pull-off on Lincoln Rd.