"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."
Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from A.J. Seibel's description (above) and Google Maps.
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).
7 years ago
by Paul Hedstrom
by Mark Lacroix
Gage recommended by A.J. Seibel, who suggests:
"A good runnable flow for this section is upwards of 400cfs on the East Haven gauge, or a visual reference to run the upper east branch is when water is spilling over the entirety of the dam in East Burke (approx 500cfs)."
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