Castleton - Downtown

Castleton, Vermont, US



Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)

River Description

When you cross over a small bridge going into Fair Haven on 22A you can see a old dam to your left. This old dam is broken and there is a slot on river left.   The slot is about five feet wide. Let me clear this up right now: You are not going over the dam—there is no hole behind the dam at normal levels. This was a dam built on top of a drop back in the day which has become broken. This is a short little rapid which is on the way to the Poultney River. We like to call this rapid "Pumpkin Falls."

There is another dam above this one but it does not look safe to run. This is a low-head dam with a break on river right. Then it drops onto a rock/concrete ledge about 5 feet down and then down another 5 foot-ish drop.

I want to explore this river more and see if it has any hidden treasures that I can bring to life on AW. I will keep you posted.

Lat/longitude coordinates are a rough guide to get you in the ballpark for this run. Use this fragmentary info with caution.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-04-04 12:39:45


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 5 2011 (2357 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,

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