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Difficulty II(IV)
Length 6.3 Miles
Gauge EAST BRANCH PASSUMPSIC RIVER NEAR EAST HAVEN, VT
Flow Range 350 - 2000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 135 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/18/2018 8:44 pm

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.

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10 years ago

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).

Gage Descriptions

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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AW Wins Court Battle Protecting Green River (VT) Boating

9/21/2018
Robert Nasdor

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.

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Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

12/6/2015
Robert Nasdor

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.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

6/2/2015
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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