Winooski River - 2.) Middlesex to Waterbury

Winooski River , Vermont, US


2.) Middlesex to Waterbury

Usual Difficulty I(II) (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles

Junk yard rapids

Junk yard rapids
Photo of Kyle Canton by Bob Marshall taken 06/08/01 @ very low

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04290500 500 - 20000 cfs I(II) 01h16m 1360 cfs (running)
The runnable range is a rough estimate. If you have a good handle on a recommended max and/or min, please help us out by adding a comment.

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.
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Last Updated: 2018-04-30 21:39:11


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 9 2006 (4604 days ago)
Jason RobinsonDetails
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
October 13 2005 (4843 days ago)
simon wilesDetails
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.