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Difficulty IV
Length Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 7000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 39 minutes ago 190 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/31/2010 10:26 am

River Description

This is a great high water run, which can be run by a class-3 group by selectively choosing which rapids to avoid.
Just above the bridge on Back Road, there is a good class-4 fall. Go either left or right depending on level, and trees. After this fall, it is mainly calm water, until some nice class-3 ledges just above the 109 Bridge.
After a fair bit more flatwater, you pass the school on river right. Shortly after this, is a continuous class-3 section, which runs for about 1 km. This ends at a covered bridge. Just after the covered bridge is another class-3 ledge, and some good playspots. This is also a good alternative takeout.
Passing under the Route 109 for the last time brings you to the Ledges. These are a fantastic series of drops and slides. There are a couple of sticky holes, and a small amount of rebar in the river, so scout carefully. Towards the bottom, there are a couple of slightly unercut drops. The river splits around an island towards the bottom also. Take the right hand channel for the best whitewater, although the left channel can be fun if you avoid the entry sieve. Scouting and protection is easy, as rockly ledges run all the way down the ledges on river right.
The takeout is just a short distance below the ledges.

Put in: Covered bridge on Back Rd, just north of Belvedere Junction
Take out: Covered bridge in Waterville.
Alternative takeout is covered Bridge above Waterville if you don't want to run the ledges.

Other Nearby Runs: The Gihon and North Branch Winooski are similar class rivers nearby. The Upper Lamoille has several interesting falls (Dog Head Falls, and the Slide), which may or may not be runnable, depending on levels.
Ithiel Falls on the Lamoille, and the Lower Lamoille, are also paddleable at a a variety of levels.

NOTE: Lat/Lng are approximate, based solely upon description provided, and aerial recon via Google, thus may not be correct. Actual put-in, take-out, and run length may be different than listed.

Rapid Descriptions


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Steven Melamed
1 year ago

This is not really a good gauge to be using. Check out flow of the Lamoille at Johnson (USGS gauge 04292000 - and word on street is that the N.B. is probably flowing if it is 1000cfs and rising or 2000cfs and falling.

Gage Descriptions

The Lamoille at Georgia should be pretty high. (3-5000 cfs???) - Not certain of correlation yet



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