Winooski, Vermont, US
Middlesex to Waterbury
||I(II) (for normal flows)
Junk yard rapids
Junk yard rapidsPhoto of Kyle Canton by Bob Marshall taken 06/08/01 @ very low
WINOOSKI RIVER NEAR ESSEX JUNCTION, VT
500 - 20000 cfs
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.
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: 2001-08-19 08:55:06