West - 4. Townsend Dam to Rock River (Newfane)

West, Vermont, US


4. Townsend Dam to Rock River (Newfane)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01155910 700 - 10000 cfs I-II 139d20h36m 46.4 cfs (too low)

River Description

There are numerous put-in and take-out spots, as this river follows Route 30 as it runs into the Connecticut River. The first 11 miles or so is a mix of sections of flat water with class 1 rapids and occasional, simple, class 2 rapids.

The section most often run by whitewater kayakers begins at the confluence of the Rock River and the West River. This confluence is located two miles upriver from the Dummerston covered bridge on Route 30. There is a large parking area on the right as you head northwest on Route 30. There is one bouncy class 2 rapid just upriver from this point.

River Information:

The section upstream from the Rock River is primarily flat water and class 1, with occasional class 2 rapids. There is a bouncy class 2 rapid just above the confluence with the Rock River.

For a description of the river from the confluence of the Rock River downstream, see the Rock River to Connecticut River section.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-05-30 18:55:08


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
May 21 2012 (2098 days ago)
pmccoy002 (154485)
Ran this section 5/18/12 and found the river to be in great shape. Frankly, I was surprised to see
how little storm damage there was. There were 2 strainers worth noting. The first was on an erroded
bank (east bank) where a few large pines had fallen in the river. The 2nd strainer was less than 2
miles down stream from the eroded bank; look for a large tree mid-river (only one branch visible).
Otherwise, the river was clear and storm damage almost non-existent. I speculate that the dam
upstream was used to minimize flooding as there was alomost no sign of debris until the Rock River
joined the West.
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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