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Difficulty III
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 15 minutes ago 147 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/18/2018 7:55 pm

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.


Further downstream is Dog Team Falls

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Better at Higher levels, perhaps 2000-2500 is optimal

Directions Description

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VT Supreme Court Protects Whitewater Boating on the Green River

Robert Nasdor

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AW Wins Court Battle Protecting Green River (VT) Boating

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Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

Robert Nasdor

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

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. 


Alex Barham


Matt Muir


simon wiles


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1209255 04/18/18 Alex Barham Info
1209253 04/18/18 Alex Barham Location
1197467 03/30/10 Matt Muir Added coords; ordered names.
1194326 06/09/05 simon wiles n/a