Winooski River - 3.) Chase Mills

Winooski River, Vermont, US


3.) Chase Mills

Usual Difficulty III+ (for normal flows)
Length 0.5 Miles

Chase Mills on the Winooski

Chase Mills on the Winooski
Photo of Randel Sands by Scott Gilbert @ med- high

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04290500 1000 - 10000 cfs III+ 01h04m 1410 cfs (running)

River Description

Chase Mills -
The nearest whitewater to downtown Burlington. Can be frustating getting the optimum levels for the main features, but there is always some whitewater to be had.
In normal summer flows the ledges are fun to run, at higher levels huge holes form, making it very dangerous. There are a number of smaller features and waves that form at a variety of levels, about and below the main falls, so go check it out. These features are very level-dependent.

Just downstream of the road bridge is a large dam, constructed on top of a large fall. Usually there will be plenty of time to rescue swimmers, but take care at higher levels.

Downstream of this Dam is the Salmon hole, where some more features form at certain levels.

A pleasant flatwater trip can be had heading upstream from Chase Mills, for a mile or so under the interstate bridge, and up to the next dam.

Directions:- Head towards Winooski from Burlington. Take a right just before the bridge. Park uphill in the electric company parking lot.


Flow Info:

The gauge is located downstream. There is no historical correlation data so the range has been estimated based on the 75th percentile. If you run this section please leave a comment with the level on the gauge.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-05-01 14:55:32

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 27 2008 (3917 days ago)
x (1)
Ran it today at 3,970cfs. It was a nice level. Ran river left of center. Down the wave train. The
two biggest waves where about 8' or so. Be sure you get out before the dam.
July 22 2006 (4561 days ago)
slater jayDetails
I have been out on the Winooski alot this summer and have become very familiar with what features
come in at different levels. There are three main lines to be had at Winooski. After summer rains
the level can reach between 5,000 and 10,000 cfs for several days in a row. At higher levels
6,000-10,000 a really fun slide comes in on river right near the walk way that is on the bank. You
can put in where there is a sign that says canoe access this is located right at the first drop.
This drop is a straight forward V with a smaller surfable wave and hole after the pourover. After
this there are several eddy oppurtunities before you get to the slide. You will see where the walk
way over hangs the river on the river right and there is a small two foot ledge to boof and then
the slide starts the slide is money during high levels. The next line shows up on river left near
chase mills, at these high levels 6,000-10,000cfs there is a large rolling pourover over the first
drop and it goes into a decent size wave in the middle of the rapid followed by a house sized
hole/wave which is the last part of the rapid. This thing gets huge and is seen in the picture
shown on the discription. It is flushey and really big and at high levels this line is an easy high
class IV rapid. Not for the faint of heart or the intermidiate paddler a bomb proof roll is a must
because you will flip when you hit the house wave and about 200 yards down stream there is a damn
that would result in immpending death. DO NOT RUN THIS LINE AT HIGH LEVELS UNLESS YOU HAVE WHAT IT
TAKES TO BE SAFE! Expert level paddlers will have no problem seeing the line and staying on
line.<br />
At lower levels the horse shoe in the middle of the set is good fun to go over, good levels for
this line are under 1000cfs but if you're a strong paddler it can be run upwards of 1800cfs. At
high levels all sorts of fun fast waves form bellow the last drop in the set some of which do have
eddy service, just be on point, hit you're roll and get into the eddy line fast otherwise you will
have to take out around the ledge next to chase mills. For park and play put in below the rapid and
paddle upstream from the route 7 bridge the best high level stuff will be on river left under the
house size wave.<br />