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Difficulty III+
Length 3.5 Miles
Gauge POULTNEY RIVER BELOW FAIR HAVEN, VT
Flow Range 800 - 6000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 59 minutes ago 572 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/30/2018 8:13 pm

River Description


 

This is a fun Vermont creek. Good Intro to Creek boating run with lots of boofs.  The put-it is at Morse Hollow Road. If you're in the town of Poultney, head east. When you see a big white church you are in East Poultney. Stay on Route 140 until the first pull-off. That should be Deep Rock (take out). If you keep heading up the road you will see different pull offs; feel free to take a look at the rapids (esp. Flat rock).   Put in before the bridge at Morse Hollow Road. This run can take atleast 30 min. Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from online maps.

Rapid Descriptions

Put-In

Class - II Mile - 0

 

The Put-in is on Morse Hollow road, on the right hand side.  It is an old parking lot that at local construction company owns.  There is a little Play hole that forms here at different levels. 

Flat Rock

Class - II Mile - 0.5
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Full little rapid.  There is a Boof line.  There is a little hole that forms at the bottom.

Moose Wedge

Class - III Mile - 1.5

Many lines depending on level.  You can boof on river right and land into a eddy at most levels

Moose Wedge

Class - III Mile - 1.5
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Snowmoblie Bridge

Class - II+ Mile - 1.7
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When you come around a bend and see a bridge you are at Snowmobile Bridge Rapid. Run it where ever. There is a nice boof on the river right side. Sticky hole under boof at most levels. There is a rope swing on river left. 

Taste of Vermont

Class - III Mile - 1.8

Nice little Slide.  It gets kinda tight. 

Deep Rock

Class - III+ Mile - 3

The best rapid.  Can be walked via the river right side.  Small rapid before the drop.  Most people run this rapid on river left via a huge boof.  Land it and paddle out.  take out

Deep Rock

Class - III+ Mile - 3
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Camille Stephens
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7 years ago

As of 5/8/12, there are several strainers within this section of river, left over from Hurricane Irene and high flows since then. Some are inconsequential, but others pose a hazard and must be avoided by walking around or careful maneuvering. The river is narrow in many places, making the strainers challenging to avoid in some spots. Be prepared to encounter them, but enjoy a wonderful run on this river as well!

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Jordan Vickers
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9 years ago

ran it around 1200 cfs and it was a lot of fun however keep a constant eye out for strainers because its a narrow section and there were plenty to be found. A river wide (big tree) strainer between flat rock and moose wedge with an easy portage on river left. Just after snowmobile bridge there is a small novice playwave that forms with easy eddy access. Great run!!!

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AW Wins Court Battle Protecting Green River (VT) Boating

9/21/2018
Robert Nasdor

The Vermont Superior Court sided with American Whitewater in a long-running dispute with the state over whitewater boating on the Green River in Morrisville. The Court overturned state restrictions that would have eliminated any meaningful opportunity for boaters to enjoy this extraordinary river and required scheduled releases in a ground breaking decision.

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Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

12/6/2015
Robert Nasdor

In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

6/2/2015
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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Robert Brody

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1195737 08/04/09 Matt Muir Added coords, adjusted flows, fixed typos in text.
1194475 11/20/06 Robert Brody n/a
1209345 04/30/18 Alex Barham Name Changed
1197410 03/17/10 Robert Brody
1209346 04/30/18 Alex Barham Name Changed