Wells, Vermont, US
Old Bridge to Lower Dam
||IV-V (for normal flows)
Taking it in the rear
Taking it in the rearPhoto of Kevin Tompsett by Jolyon Rivoir-Pruszinski
WELLS RIVER AT WELLS RIVER, VT
160 - 1000 cfs
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.
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
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Last Updated: 2005-04-29 06:29:34