Little - Waterbury Reservoir to Winooski River

Little, Vermont, US


Waterbury Reservoir to Winooski River

Usual Difficulty I(III) (for normal flows)
Length 2.5 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04289000 250 - 2500 cfs I(III) 01h16m 140 cfs (too low)

River Description

This is a dam controlled river. It is currently under FERC relicensing procedure. The put in is at the gate to the power house or at the power house itself. There are a few good eddy lines for playing on this portion of the run. After passing under the bridge be prepared to portage 100 yds down on the right. Beyond this is an unrunnable drop. Leave plenty of space because the eddies are few and the banks are overgrown with brush. The drop can be recognized by the cable and cart stretching across the river at the entrance to the gorge.

100 yds below the gorge look for a cut in the wall on the left. Its a good put in if you want to play the waves, otherwise put in at the eddy below the gorge. The river will continue with no major hazards to the take out.

From Waterbury take Rt 2 West for 2 miles. The Little River road is the first right hand turn passing under the interstate. Take the first right on Little River Rd. Parking for the take out is just across the old bridge. This is a private rd. Please don't block it.

The put in is about 2 miles farther up Little River Rd. towards the state campground. Scout the river on the way up. Check out the gorge.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-08-27 09:52:15


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 5 2011 (2358 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,
August 10 2006 (4209 days ago)
Cheryl RobinsonDetails
Little River Strainer
There is a river wide strainer 1/4 mile down stream of the gorge. It is a very large tree and a
second fallen tree which is still growing (or it is part of the first tree) is on the down stream
side of it.
We passed through a narrow chute right of the island while it also has multiple small strainers,
the low water meant it had a safe passage.
For Portaging I would recommend the left hand bank.
The tree is firmly set and I doubt even in high water the tree will not move.
November 10 2005 (4482 days ago)
Kevin ColburnDetails
The FERC Issued their Environmental Assessment for the project early this fall (2005) and it is
very favorable for the paddling community. The EA precedes the License by a few months, and filing
comments on the EA is often the last step of relicensing. AW supported the preferred alternative in
the EA as written, and with any luck the Little will be another huge success story for the paddling
community. We owe alot to Tom Christopher and New England Flow for this one. Great Work!

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