Poultney - Morse Hollow Rd to Deep Rock

Poultney, Vermont, US


Morse Hollow Rd to Deep Rock (Upper Poultney)

Usual Difficulty III+ (for normal flows)
Length 3.5 Miles

Put-In (2)

Put-In (2)
Photo by Robert W. Brody taken 4/2006 @ 800cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04280000 800 - 6000 cfs III+ 61d18h37m 166 cfs (too low)

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.

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Last Updated: 2010-03-17 17:19:11


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Put-InIIPutin Photo
0.5Flat RockIIAccess
1.5Moose WedgeIIIWaterfall Photo
1.5Moose WedgeIIIWaterfall Video
1.7Snowmoblie BridgeII+
1.8Taste of VermontIIIPhoto
3.0Deep RockIII+Takeout Portage Waterfall Photo
3.0Deep RockIII+Waterfall Video

Rapid Descriptions

Put-In (Class II)

Put-In (2)

Put-In (2)
Photo by Robert W. Brody taken 4/2006 @ 800cfs


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)

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)

Moose Wedge (2)

Moose Wedge (2)
Photo by Robert W. Brody taken 4/2006 @ 800cfs

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)


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)

Taste of VT (2)

Taste of VT (2)
Photo by Robert W. Brody taken 4/2006 @ 800cfs

Nice little Slide.  It gets kinda tight. 

Deep Rock (Class III+, Mile 3.0)

Deep Rock (2)

Deep Rock (2)
Photo of Sam Weiss by Alex Scholtz taken 4/2006 @ 800cfs

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 3.0)
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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
May 9 2012 (2111 days ago)
camstephens28 (153618)
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!
September 5 2011 (2358 days ago)
Mark LacroixDetails
On August 28th, 2011 Hurricane Irene struck New England. The resulting floods caused extensive
damage throughout the region, the worst in over 100 years. More than half the rivers in Vermont and
northern New Hampshire recorded their highest flow levels ever. Many roads, guardrails, power
lines, bridges, trees and other debris now litter several rivers throughout the region. River beds
have been scoured and changed course, many new strainers make navigation problematic at best and
downright dangerous at worse. Please realize that the river description you see here may not match
current situation after the floods. Use common sense and when in doubt scout especially on blind
drops. Also, if you run this river in the next year or so please comment on its navigability, even
if there are no problems this will be very helpful. Please report any new strainers or changes to
the rapids that will impact future boating. Thank you,
August 3 2009 (3120 days ago)
vtkayaker23 (150844)
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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