Lamoille - 2. Fairfax Falls to East Georgia

Lamoille, Vermont, US


2. Fairfax Falls to East Georgia (Lower)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 6.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm

Five Chutes

Five Chutes
Photo of Jay Goss & Simon Wiles by Cheryl Robinson taken 07/20/04 @ 4000 - 5000 CFS

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04292500 1000 - 10000 cfs II-III 66d17h38m 1100 cfs (running)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-10-31 10:34:03

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
September 6 2011 (2356 days ago)
Bill MitchellDetails
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.
September 5 2011 (2357 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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