West - 1. Londonderry rapids

West, Vermont, US


1. Londonderry rapids

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles

River Description

The Londonderry section of the West is a pool-drop type river that is mostly visible from the Vermont 100 roadside as you drive between Londonderry and South Londonderry.

See the Corps of Engineers' Ball Mountain Lake website for the current level (check inflow to the lake).

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-05-30 18:46:41


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 20 2012 (1946 days ago)
ecotrent (154992)
I paddled this section today, from the dam in londonderry to Prouty park in south derry. I just
paddled the jamaica state park section this year during the release for the first time. Just moved
to the area and it was my first time on this part of the river. Nice high level. just above the
south londonderry bridge there are 2 large boulders I have been watching levels on. When we put on
the one further upriver was just barely submerged, for a reference. This is a really nice level on
this river, not too boney, and the holes at the "bridge rapid" above Prouty park weren't too chewy.
My friend took a swim here and got beat up a bit but the holes didn't hold him or his boat. Good
water for running through my new hometown. Very clean, easy to scout. Fun morning project.
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,
May 26 2008 (3554 days ago)
x (1)
i have lived on the west river for 6 years and it can be very challenging but the section talked
about here is the most fun on a hot summer day on a inner tube (depending on river flow to
dangerous to do most of the time) but if u want a rush do like the lpsc and grab a tube and go
behind iga and tube that bad boy.
September 22 2005 (4531 days ago)
Craig CarlineDetails
On September 1, a friend and I ran this section from Londonberry right below the bridge with the
dam to a gravel pit in South Londonberry. The run was very scratchy, but passable with good river
reading. Inflow into Ball Mountain Dam pool was 512 cfs about the time we put on and peaked at 513

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