Passumpsic E Br - E. Burke dam-Rt. 114 bridge

Passumpsic E Br, Vermont, US


E. Burke dam-Rt. 114 bridge

Usual Difficulty II(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 6.3 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01133000 400 - 1500 cfs II(IV) 01h05m 59.4 cfs (too low)

River Description

A.J. Seibel shared:

"Put-in @ bean brook road north of East Haven VT and take out just above the dam in East Burke. This upper section is mostly class I-II with intermittent swift water, a great run for beginners or a quick afternoon away."

Posted on VPC by Mark Lienau
I have paddled the lower section several times, but just last month I paddled below the bridge in East Burke.

There is a fun technical class II+ drop right at the put in. The river makes a fast right turn but there is a nasty rock right in the middle of the otherwise smooth tongue of green water. Lots of eddies that I needed to back into after I nearly broached on that rock. A quick wave train brings you around the bend to the left to the final drop with a fine surfing wave at the bottom. Although you are right next to the road, you can neither see nor hear it and you have a nice private little play hole. The rest of the run to Lyndonville is class I(+) with some real fun ledge drops along the way. I hear there is more big stuff downstream, But I have never been on it. Mark Lienau

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from A.J. Seibel's description (above) and Google Maps.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2007-05-16 21:19:28

Rapid Descriptions

icon of message No rapids entered. If you know names, and locations of the rapids please contact and advise the StreamTeam member for this run.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
March 20 2012 (2160 days ago)
PHedstrom (154138)
After running the lower section just below the dam in East Burke to Lyndonville this weekend. I
encountered a few sweepers on this trip, one of which I consider a larger hazard to an
inexperienced boater. This is located estimated 1/2 mile from put in. The river divides into two,
with the main flow and the hazard located on the right side (west). It covers about 1/2 to 2/3 of
flow. You can avoid it by staying to the left side or by wading in the left branch around the
island. The water flow was around 300cfs in East Haven and in East Burke water was flowing well
over the dam. There was a few shallow spots which I scraped, but other than that it was a good run.
September 5 2011 (2358 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 29 2009 (3186 days ago)
x (1)
The lower section, from the dam in East Burke to the Route 114 Bridge can be run as low as 150cfs
with some scraping through the wider areas. The upper section requires more water (400cfs).

Do more than just check gauges; join over 5,000 AW members today.

Or, consider donating