Sandy Stream is a nice stretch of class II and III water when there is lots of rain or a lot of snowmelt. There are 3 main rapids which give the intermedate kayaker or whitewater canoeist a challenge. Note: though the reach description says "Freedom Pond to Unity Pond," there doesn't seem to be much gradient below the town of Unity, so the listed takeout coordinates are a road in town. Those who can't find a good takeout there, or who wish another mile of paddling, should head downstream to the pond.
Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from online maps.
There are two gauges for this stretch. One on the river right side of the mussy road bridge and a second one on the river right side of the rt. 139. Gauge starts at 0-8ft. a minimum level would be around 3-4ft current level is below 0ft and is not runnable
Permits are not required for this reach.
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A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
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