Winooski - Middlesex to Waterbury

Winooski, Vermont, US


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) 52d16h36m 1580 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.
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2001-08-19 08:55:06


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 5 2011 (2357 days ago)
Mark LacroixDetails
On August 28th, 2011 Hurricane Irene struck New England. The resulting floods caused extensive
damage throughout the region, the worst in over 100 years. More than half the rivers in Vermont and
northern New Hampshire recorded their highest flow levels ever. Many roads, guardrails, power
lines, bridges, trees and other debris now litter several rivers throughout the region. River beds
have been scoured and changed course, many new strainers make navigation problematic at best and
downright dangerous at worse. Please realize that the river description you see here may not match
current situation after the floods. Use common sense and when in doubt scout especially on blind
drops. Also, if you run this river in the next year or so please comment on its navigability, even
if there are no problems this will be very helpful. Please report any new strainers or changes to
the rapids that will impact future boating. Thank you,
June 9 2006 (4271 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 (4510 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.

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