Mill Brook is Burlington's backyard creek. Only a twenty minute drive from downtown gives you access to a beautiful wooded valley with several ledges, falls and slides, none being harder than class IV. Unfortunately it takes a relative deluge for there to be enough water to truly enjoy this creek. It can be run at medium and lower, but the bits inbetween the drops become unbearably scratchy, and if you choose to run this at a low level your boat may never forgive you. At high water however this little creek is a true delight. Several laps are the norm as the one and a half miles or so can be run quickly, making it the ideal lunchbreak creek for Chittenden county boaters when the skies open up.
As of the floods of 2011 there are two landslides and trees in the river after the Hydro drop which will likely require walking around. Please be discrete and quick as you are often on private property.-Scott G
If you look up stream from the take out bridge (117) and you see a bunch of rocks, it's too low. If you see only a few, your good. The best put in is a pull-off not far from the top of tarbox rd. and there is a little trail that you can hike down. If you put in higher than this you will most likely be getting out of your boat 3-4 times to go around logs, and there are no rapids until you reach the gorge anyway. The run starts off with a few good ledge drops and you can run them anywhere, class 3 stuff. Then there are couple small falls, run both on river right, easy class 4. Everything is scoutable but you are in peoples back yards some of the time. All the drops are runnable but the last one can be a boat breaker and it's a good idea to walk around it if the water is really low. The run just gets better with more water and features and lines stay pretty much the same. Great intro to creeking run. Watch out for wood. Don't drive too fast on Tarbox rd, all the land owners I have run into have been ok with us scouting/portaging and we should keep it that way. Have fun.
6 years ago
by Joni Barsky
8 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
The gauge for this section is on a nearby stream located in Essex, VT. The correlation to Allen Brook is good, but best used for rain events as in spring Mill will receive snowmelt from higher elevations than Allen, and thus has the potential of running when the Allen Brook gauge does not indicate so.
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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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