Wells River - 2.) Lower

Wells River, Vermont, US


2.) Lower (Old Bridge to Lower Dam)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles

Taking it in the rear

Taking it in the rear
Photo of Kevin Tompsett by Jolyon Rivoir-Pruszinski

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01139000 160 - 1000 cfs IV-V 00h39m 180 cfs (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Jolyon Rivoir-Pruszinski recommends that boaters park at the Vermont Fish and Game area and carry up to the putin if possible. it's a short walk and you won't be on private land.

4 major drops plus stuff in between:
1. Drop under bridge (IV).
2. Next drop tougher (IV).
3. Technical III-IV for a few hundred yards after, then short backwater above a class V waterfall. Do not run unless you are confident that you can land out beyond the rock in the crease on river left. Warning: even succesful runs of this drop have resulted in compressed spines and dislocated shoulders. Unsuccesful runs have resulted in seriously damaged equipment. The gauge is in the backwater to this drop. Below the waterfall is a good splat spot on river right.
4. A couple hundred yards of II-III lead to the class-III entrance to the final big drop (IV+). This final drop can be run RR or RL. The RR line is very straightforward but there is a pinning rock on the right hand side in the middle of the chute. The RL line is a deceptive scout. Few have run it succesfully on the first try.
If you do run it, hug the boulder in the center of the river around which the river splits and then once past this section either dart left to a microeddy above the final slide or head right down the slide.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-04-30 20:39:56

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 24 2018 (199 days ago)
mschedin (159998)
Log in RR chute removed from last drop. Ran RR side without issue.
May 6 2018 (217 days ago)
arnsong (159938)
Nasty log in RR chute in last drop as of May 5, 2018.

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