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Difficulty V
Length 0.1 Miles
Gauge Sandy River near Madrid, Maine
Flow Range 140 - 600 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 4 months ago ~ 27.5 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/30/2015 1:40 pm

River Description

Smalls Falls is Maine's best park and huck. The headwaters of the Sandy River fall 65 feet in a tenth of a mile. The 6 waterfalls vary in size from 5 to 20 feet.

Rapid Descriptions

Top Drop

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.01
This is the hardest drop at Smalls. Paddlers often put in below this drop, especially when the water is low. Higher water opens up a great boof on the right.

Slideways (2nd drop)

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.02
Fun slide across the river. Higher water opens up a boof off the center.

Down & Out (3rd drop)

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.03
Very fun drop usually floated a couple feet off the right ledge. Landing is much softer than it appears.

Biggie Smalls (4th drop)

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.04
The main drop at Smalls. 20 feet of drop into a deep pool. Usual line is with the main flow, although other lines exist at different flows.

5th drop

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.05
15 foot vertical falls usually boofed as far left as the flow allows. The right is shallow and should be avoided.

Last Drop

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.06
5 foot ledge into take out pool. Hike up for another run.


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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

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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Nick Lipowski


Matt Muir


Chris Hull


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1205151 07/30/15 Matt Muir Fixed lat/lon coords; added abstract.
1194115 07/31/04 Chris Hull n/a