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Difficulty IV-V
Length 1 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range N/A
Flow Rate as of: 1 second ago N/A
Reach Info Last Updated 04/30/2018 8:39 pm

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.

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Michael Schedin
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8 months ago

Log in RR chute removed from last drop. Ran RR side without issue.

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Arnold Song
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9 months ago

Nasty log in RR chute in last drop as of May 5, 2018.

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Brian C. Seitz
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7 years ago

Went up to the Wells yesterday (10/2/11) and it was pretty much unchanged since Irene. One new log resting on top of a rock in Labyrinth, which is entirely out of play, it just looks like it is. Otherwise, it's the same as ever!

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Alexander Toth
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5 years ago

There is some wood after the "boof" before the waterfall but it was easily avoided at 500 cfs

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Jolyon Rivoir-Pruszinski comments: "It's actually runnable down to 100 cfs and definitely worthwhile, as the bedrock funnels the flow nicely."

This stretch becomes solid IV-V at higher levels (i.e. above 500 or so).

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