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Difficulty I(II)
Length 5 Miles
Gauge WINOOSKI RIVER NEAR ESSEX JUNCTION, VT
Flow Range 500 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 5510 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/30/2018 9:39 pm

River Description


This section of river is mostly class I-II. The first rapid, Hugo, is located 200 yds down from the put in. It is an easy rift run down the middle and ends in a large eddy. It gets its name from the wave created at higher flows. Approx. 1 mile down stream you will pass the mouth of the Mad River on the left. It is an easy paddle 200 yds upstream to see the bottom drop of the Mad. After passing under the Rt 2 bridge look for a junk yard on the left. This is the marker for the upcoming Junk Yard Rapids. The river bends sharply to the right and splits around a rock island. Eddy out at the bend on the left to scout this section. When approching the split you must commit to the left or the right channel for the water piles up on the rock. This is a great play spot. You can surf the pillow or splat the rock. Junk Yard ends in a big eddy. The rest of the trip to Waterbury is an easy paddle. After passing under the third bridge of the trip, look for a Recreation field on the right The take out is is where a small brook joins the river.

Directions; The take out is located at the north corner of the recreation field on Main street in Waterbury. Entrance to the rec field is next to the railroad overpass.

From the take out proceed east on Rt 2 to Middlesex. Turn right on to Rt 100B. Just after crossing over the river look for the power plant on the right. Green Mountain Power provides parking. Please don't block the entrance to the power house.

Rapid Descriptions

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Jason Robinson
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12 years ago

This is a great mid summer run when the water is too low elsewhere. Granted it is not big water, but still a good time with a group

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simon wiles
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13 years ago

Hugo forms just below the Middlesex Dam at high water. Quality of the wave varies from a great surf, to trashy hole, to not worth it.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2006-05-14 High Fatality High Water Read More

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AW Wins Court Battle Protecting Green River (VT) Boating

9/21/2018
Robert Nasdor

The Vermont Superior Court sided with American Whitewater in a long-running dispute with the state over whitewater boating on the Green River in Morrisville. The Court overturned state restrictions that would have eliminated any meaningful opportunity for boaters to enjoy this extraordinary river and required scheduled releases in a ground breaking decision.

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Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

12/6/2015
Robert Nasdor

In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

6/2/2015
Robert Nasdor

A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 

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Alex Barham

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1193020 08/19/01 Bob Marshall n/a
1209369 04/30/18 Alex Barham Name and Location