First drop right below put-in and under a decrepit bridge. Usually run river left to avoid ledges. Forms a sticky hole at bottom.
III+ / IV depending on the level.
Also known as "Brett's Mom"
A ledge with a move into a strong flow running right to left past an old mill race.
A series of moves on river left (also lines down the center).
Class III at lower water.
A class III rapid with nice center boof rock
A 13' waterfall.
From Jolyon Rivoir-Pruszinski : "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. "
A 0.2 mile long section of III / III + leads into the lowest most drop. Can be run right or left (check for wood).
From above: "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.
A hole sometimes forms at the bottom depending on the level of the reservoir above the hydro dam 0.25 miles downstream.
Log in RR chute removed from last drop. Ran RR side without issue.
Nasty log in RR chute in last drop as of May 5, 2018.
There is some wood after the "boof" before the waterfall but it was easily avoided at 500 cfs
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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Wells River at Wells River (AW#82375)
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).
Permits are not required for this reach.
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