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Difficulty II-III
Length Miles
Gauge POULTNEY RIVER BELOW FAIR HAVEN, VT
Flow Range 173 - 25000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 53 minutes ago 226 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/30/2018 8:14 pm

River Description


Around 1700 cfs, this is getting close to class IV difficulty. The playhole is big and a little sticky on river right but much more friendly on river left at the 3rd drop.
Between 700-690 cfs the hole at the bottom allows for cartwheels (multi-ends).
Above 2000k cfs this rapid turns into a class IV, with two big holes. The first hole is after the first drop right before the bridge. The 2nd drop turns into a flume feeding the 3rd drop. The 3rd drop turns into a massive hole.

Rapid Descriptions

(Top) Triple Drop

Class - II Mile - 0
The Difficulty of this rapid depends on what line you take. Center is always running and is easy. River left is the second hardest and you need about medium water to get down the slide/drop thingy. River right is my favorite line you will need medium to high water to run it with out messing your boat up.

(Middle) Triple Drop

Class - II+ Mile - 0.3
This is a three foot ledge. Best line is run center. Look out for rocks in low water.

(Last drop) Triple Drop

Class - II+ Mile - 0.4
After the ledge you have some boogie water until the third drop. The drop usually has a hole good enough to surf. It is not the best by any means but for us locals it is all we got. There is a rock on river left that has fallen in and made a little cave about the size of your bow. You can see this cave when surfing. It?s not facing up or down stream so it?s not a major threat. At low water you could meet our friend Sally. Sally is a rock right after the hole that likes helmets. She usually shows up at low to medium water. At high water a strainer forms on river left and should be avoided. The hole has a good eddy line at any water level.

Cheese Grater

Class - II Mile - 0.6
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After the play hole you can head down stream a few yards and there you will meet up with some boogie water. Avoid rocks and catch the small holes and waves that form at different levels. If you do flip over make sure to tuck. Other wise be ready to slide your face down some rocks. At the Tire Swing there is a nice eddy/flat water to play in. There is a take out on river left. Follow the high water mark (Looks like a dry river bed) back up to the Last Drop. (be carefull the tire swing tree has just fell down and is half in the water)

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Jordan Vickers
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10 years ago

ran it today around 1700 cfs and it was getting close to class IV difficulty. Playhole was big and a little sticky on river right but much more friendly on river left at the 3rd drop.

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Robert Brody
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12 years ago

between 702-690 cfs the hole at the bottom allows for cartwheels (multi-ends)

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Robert Brody
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12 years ago

Above 2000k cfs this rapid turns into a class IV, with two big holes. The first hole is after the first drop right before the bridge. The 2nd drop turns into a flume feeding the 3rd drop. The 3rd drop turns into a massive hole.

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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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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1194476 03/28/07 Robert Brody n/a
1209348 04/30/18 Alex Barham Name Changed
1195736 08/04/09 Matt Muir Added coords, adjusted flows.