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Difficulty I-II(IV)
Length 4 Miles
Gauge MAD RIVER NEAR MORETOWN, VT
Flow Range 300 - 1800 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 43 minutes ago 260 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/30/2018 7:29 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Butternut

Class - III+ Mile - 1
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This III/IV near Butternut Hill Rd. sometimes collects wood.

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Carla Miner
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11 years ago

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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AW Wins Court Battle Protecting Green River (VT) Boating

9/21/2018
Robert Nasdor

The Vermont Superior Court sided with American Whitewater in a long-running dispute with the state over whitewater boating on the Green River in Morrisville. The Court overturned state restrictions that would have eliminated any meaningful opportunity for boaters to enjoy this extraordinary river and required scheduled releases in a ground breaking decision.

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Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

12/6/2015
Robert Nasdor

In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

6/2/2015
Robert Nasdor

A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198748 11/23/10 Matt Muir Added coords and link; changed Class.
1209341 04/30/18 Alex Barham Name Changed
1193224 03/30/03 Bob Marshall n/a