Mad - To Waitsfield

Mad, Vermont, US


To Waitsfield (Middle)

Usual Difficulty I-II(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04288000 300 - 1800 cfs I-II(IV) 17d18h50m 145 cfs (too low)

River Description

Posted by Jeff on 3/30/03 on the MVP message board.
There is a wicked rapid right under the bridge entering Warren from the Sugarbush side, but we opted to skip that until we saw someone else run it. Most of the float to the landing in Waitsfield is a nice class one- two run with several fun surf waves and two drops we elected to scout. the first was about a 3 - 4 foot drop that all ran nicely. the next class three-four rapid was at Butternut Hill Road. The approach rapid proved a bit trickier than the maelstrom that we thought would be the real hazard. The rapid had just claimed one Mad River canoe a few minutes before we arrived, no human injuries but the ash gunnel was broken and the ABS bow severely cracked. The rapid was run and my roll worked as it was supposed to when the exit wave decided to taste me a little more. in all we covered 4 to 5 miles of a seldom run piece of water.

Vermont Paddlers Club has a website and trips list posted if you happen to be going in that direction.
Lat/longitude coordinates are very approximate, from the description above and online maps.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-11-23 11:07:34


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)

Rapid Descriptions

Butternut (Class III+, Mile 1.0)

This III/IV near Butternut Hill Rd. sometimes collects wood.

User Comments

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September 1 2011 (2361 days ago)
melamst (8170)
9/1/2011 - PLEASE NOTE - Hurricane Irene (8/28/2011) caused severe flash flooding on this river.
Potentially dangerous water quality. Advise no paddling for some time. If paddled, rapids may have
changed significantly. Probably loaded with debris. Scout everything, even if you knew it well
before the flood.
November 4 2008 (3392 days ago)
Carla MinerDetails
According to an email from Pennucci, John, the tree is gone as of May 30, 2009. 2008-11-04
09:35:40: Tree in the Butternut Road rapid (rapid called Greenbriar in the description.) The tree
is in the narrow slot at the bottom of the drop. It is in the right side of the slot and extends
into the pool with most of the water passing under/over/through the tree. May be passage to the
left of the tree but it would involve punching a hydraulic with a severe penalty if you miss.

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