Center Brook - Pisgah Mtn. Rd. to Sandy Brook

Center Brook, Connecticut, US


Pisgah Mtn. Rd. to Sandy Brook

Usual Difficulty V (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 200 fpm
Max Gradient 200 fpm


Photo of Ted DeVoe by Scott Barnes

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01185500 5.50 - 10.00 ft V 01h09m 3.38 ft (too low)

River Description

Only one known descent (as of 3/28/07; there have been more since). Length and gradient are estimations. Access at the put in is tenuous. Reportedly, this is a steep, narrow wood-filled rollercoaster ride that empties into the Sandy. The two guys who ran it are good friends of mine. One described the event as terrifying. The other, who happens to be a sponsored paddler and is regularly regarded as one of the best in the Northeast, called it a classic. If you're interested in finding out where you stack up, do your homework, find an appropriate put in, and post a comment here for all to see.


Nicholas Gottlieb shared:
Sometime between two and three years ago, I think, Chris Brost and I ran the bottom five or six drops of this run. We were running the Sandy at a low level -- really low -- and we got to this creek and it was cranking, comparatively, so we started hiking up and ran a few drops. The first was a funky, narrow winding 8 or so foot drop that fell off a 2-4 foot ledge at the bottom right towards a rock sticking out (that is tough to dodge). The biggest drop we ran was a 10+ foot slide into a pillowed rock above a narrow hole at the bottom. The runout into the Sandy was a little funky -- channelized, a little bony, and had some wood in it. Looks like a great run, although I haven't seen anymore than what I saw when I hiked up those drops. Can't wait to try it from the top.
Another thing -- it might run more often than you would expect. At the very least, it's probably pond/swamp fed...When I ran part of it, Sandy was absurdly low and this thing was running at a fine level.

Another paddler testified:
Looked at this today.....traveling from WY to my home state. Access seems pretty simple off of Pisgah Mtn. Rd. (no "no trespassing" signs at least)...certainly could be a great run with a bunch of water and a little tree maintenance. Length and gradient seem about right as well. Looks like a great day to run Center into the Sandy, then bust over to Kent Falls and run it from the top (which is definitely possible with enough water/one questionable fall midway down that you REALLY need to get to the left side of) and then finish up with a Bull's Bridge...Hope to be here someday when the waters all comin' down!

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-11-15 14:01:48

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 6 2017 (348 days ago)
Bill HearnDetails
EJ McCarthy & I ran this circa 1990. EJ was in a Prijon plastic K1 & I was paddling a 4 meter
composite Fanatic Slalom C1. We didn't run the manky rock pile at the confluence to the Sandy but
ran everything else.
December 3 2010 (2664 days ago)
PZGbottles (149641)
I've paddled around on the top drop only, but have scouted the whole run in 2009. Access at the top
is easy off the dirt road, but then the brook leaves the road into the woods. If you want to walk
the run to check it out, it requires some bushwacking and hiking on some fairly steep banks. The
hardest part of the run is definately in the middle which you can't see from the road. There is a
tight slot and a large drop which aims you at a rock at the bottom. Center Brook meets Sandy just
after the 90 degree corner/hole on the Sandy. There is an exciting looking slide shortly before the
end of the run. Center Brook is definately a class V microcreek with the middle part probably rated
at a class V+. When I walked it last year, there was quite a bit of wood, especially after the hard
drops in the middle. If this run were cleaned up, it would make a great adventure for some expert
creekboaters! -Stephan B.

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