New Haven - 3. Rocky Dale to below Bristol

New Haven, Vermont, US


3. Rocky Dale to below Bristol (Lower)

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04282525 1000 - 3000 cfs III 00h37m 167 cfs (too low)

River Description

The lower New Haven is a great alternative run if the New Haven Ledges are too high. It is a significantly easier run than the Ledges, and is a great playboat run.
Its is not often possible to combine a run down the Ledges with a run on the Lower New Haven, due to the difference in runnable flows, although there is a small overlap.
Putting in at the church, interesting rapids lead down to the next bridge. From there it is fairly easy going until you reach the outskirts of Bristol. One notable playwave awaits where the river runs next to the road. The biggest rapid occurs where the river plunges over some boulders beneath the road bridge on the outskirts of Bristol. After this drop, the river is totally continous for the next mile down to the takeout.

Put in:-- From Bristol, take Rte. 116 East for a couple of miles. Just before the second New Haven bridge, lurn left into the White Church parking lot, and park next to the river. Please change conservatively. On a busy church day, park in the last pull-off on Lincoln Rd.
Take out:- Head back into Bristol. At the intersection in the centre of town, take a left, and head downhill on River Street. Checkout the rapid under the bridge, its the hardest on the river. Continue down the road another mile. The takeout is just after the next bridge. Parking is available just off the left after the bridge.


Lat/longitude coordinates are very rough, from online maps.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-03-30 16:46:43

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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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,

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