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.
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.
7 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
Check the Army Corps of Engineers discharge site for recent flow, stage, and rainfall data.
2011 West River releases (Ball Mtn & Townsend dams)
Note: There is at least a two hour delay from the release times stated above until the water gets to the put in.
Flows on this section of the West are regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers flood control dam at the put in. Most of the time it is "run of the river". That means whatever comes in from above is passed through without any hold back regulation. Although, during high water event, the dam could be holding back water. Usually this water is slowly discharged several days after the event to allow boating during that time period.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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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.
In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.
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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