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Difficulty II-III
Length 6.2 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 356 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/18/2018 6:18 pm

River Description

The Lower Lamoille is a fun easy after-work run, or can be accessed for some of the best park and play in Northern Vermont.

Okay, so there is alot of flatwater on this run, but there are a number of nice playspots, and it usually holds up a while after rains.
There are two long class 2+ rapids midway down the run. One of which has a nice playspot on the left, called 'Smiley'.
The other rapid of interest is right above the takeout. Five Chutes is the biggest rapid on the river, and normally provide some playable features at most levels. 4500-5500 is optimum for the 'Dream Hole'.

Put in: Rough Parking on river right below Fairfax Falls.

Take out: A couple of options. Near the Railroad bridge at East Georgia, or cross the river just above the lake, and take the first right, and park a few hundred meters up.

Other Nearby Runs: The North Branch Lamoille & Gihon are harder 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 is also paddleable at a a variety of levels.

Rapid Descriptions


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Bill Mitchell
8 years ago

9/3/11 Paddled from Fairfax to below 5 Chutes. This section is relatively unchanged from Tropical Storm Irene. The usual play spots at Smiley's hole and 5 Chutes are unchanged.

Gage Descriptions

Since the lamoille is pretty wide, perhaps 1000 cfs is a safe minimum. 4500 to 5500 is a perfect flow for the 5 chutes playspots.

Directions Description

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