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Difficulty II-III
Length 4 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 11/13/2010 5:33 pm

River Description

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Head on Collision

Class - II Mile - 0.75
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This is the first major rapid on this section. River right offers a nice ledge drop with a huge hole at higher levels. River left drops at a slower rate but still is a fun ride.

Mussy Falls

Class - III+ Mile - 1.5
Mussy Falls is a good class III at high water. Under the river right side of the bridge is a good standing wave for surfing. Beware of table rock which is undercut on the river left side where most of the current goes. The stream turns right and at good water levels you can catch an awesome wave train I've paddled them at 4 to 5 feet.

Back to School

Class - II Mile - 6
This is a nice wave to surf at higher levels. The hole is right under the bridge of 137. Downstream there is a small drop river right and some rips before taking out on the river left side.


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Gage Descriptions

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

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

Robert Nasdor

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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Nick Lipowski


Matt Muir


Chris Colin


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198652 11/13/10 Matt Muir Fixed coords; added abstract.
1194390 05/02/06 Chris Colin n/a