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.
8 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
There is a gauge that flows out of Wrightsville Reservoir below this run. If this is high, the Run could still be up. Needs lots of rain!
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Double Drop, optimal flow
Big slide above the Culvert
The buig Double drop
The big bouncy slide just above the culvert
The Big double drop
2nd last fall
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