Lamoille - 1. Johnson to Jeffersonville

Lamoille, Vermont, US


1. Johnson to Jeffersonville (Upper)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 10.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm

Ithiel Falls Park & Play

Ithiel Falls Park & Play
Photo of Chris I by Scott G taken 04/26/13 @ 900 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04292000 500 - 10000 cfs I-II 51d16h30m 439 cfs (too low)

River Description

This section of the Lamoille is better known for its easy rapids and scenery.  Above the bridge on railroad street in Johnson (a possible put-in) there are two sets of rapids / falls, one being Dog's Head Falls which is very dangerous as in lower water the river literally flows through a toilet bowl.  There are several options for put-ins and take outs to appeal to time and distance desires, so grab a map and pick your own.  The one section to note is Ithiel Falls which occurs a few miles downstream from Johnson.  Here the river pinches between vertical walls briefly and over a short but turbulent Class III rapid.  At certain water levels a decent play wave/hole forms, created by a ledge on river left.  With eddy service, this is a good spot to practice spinning and cartwheeling, and most likely plenty of rolling.  Look for levels of 750 and up for this to start forming.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-04-30 03:11:02

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,

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