Winooski, North Branch - Along Rte. 12, North of Montpelier

Winooski, North Branch, Vermont, US


Along Rte. 12, North of Montpelier

Usual Difficulty IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 1.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 138 fpm

Big slide above the Culvert

Big slide above the Culvert
Photo of Justin Beckwith by Damon Bungard

River Description

The North Branch Winooski is one of the best Waterfall runs in Vermont. It is pool-drop, and has about 10 good-sized falls. There are a couple of other drops on this river, outside the normally run section also...
Takeout: Heading North on Rte. 12 from Montpelier, continue on past Wrightsville Reservoir. Keep going, and you'll cross the river a couple of times, and you'll eventually see the final fall, on your left. You can park in the large pull-off on the right.
Putin: From the Takeout, continue North on Rte. 12. About halfway up the run, the river passes beneath the road in a large culvert. Continue a mile or two, and then park up when you're near the river again and it flattens out.
Lat/longitude coordinates are reported by Patrick Rogers and Wayne Gman (Thanks!).
Other Nearby Runs:
The Gihon and North Branch Lamoille are similar class rivers nearby. Minister Brook and Hancock Brook are micro-creek sidestreams that have been run.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-10-30 21:43:14


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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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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