North River - East Branch

North River, Massachusetts, US


East Branch (Halifax Gorge(VT) to Colrain(MA) )

Usual Difficulty II-III+(V) (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles


Photo of James Sullivan by Fergus Coffey taken summer'03 @ very low

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01169000 3.50 - 7.00 ft II-III+(V) 01h09m 3.26 ft (too low)

River Description

Also known as Stowe Brook, the section of the East Branch of the North River shown on the Maps Tab is a mellow run.

Just above the listed putin is Halifax Gorge, a short Class 5 gorge (photo). Continue north past the put in for a mile to the Rt. 112 bridge to run the gorge.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-05-23 19:29:14

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 29 2018 (206 days ago)
EricDonnelly (159917)
NOTE! Halifax gorge is class V with several significant (10'+) drops, curling sidewalls, and nasty
holes. The pictured waterfall is the first drop on the gorge. DO NOT make the mistake of putting in
above the gorge and thinking you are going to have a class II run as otherwise described on this
page. Put in below the gorge and enjoy a nice paddle or put in above and be ready to run a solid
class V.
March 11 2016 (984 days ago)
BradNJAKMA (157451)
03/10/2016 - Put in about 1/4 Mile closer to MA Line: 42.736484, -72.724398 (coming from MA, cross
steel bridge then look for road bend to right - see leaning utility pole and parking is right there
- steep kind of crappy embankment to river) ||| ||| Level 3.6 with light drizzle and ground thaw
(minimal snow melt) 60F. ||| ||| Anyone concerned about Class II and seeing the associated photo of
James doing a big drop... at the 3.6 level there are no drops of that magnitude (I'm not even sure
that photo was from this section of river at all... I'll pay more attention on my next run).||| |||
Very nice run with minimal development to be seen from the river. When leaves are out you will feel
like you're on a very secluded creek. Edge of bony at 3.6, bring your rock-beat paddle - rocks all
river-rounded so your hull should be just fine.||| ||| Water cold, air warm made for some very cool
river fog. Plenty of spots to do some surfing, a few spots that look like at a higher level offer
some cool ledges to play with. If you like classic New England, you'll enjoy the old bridges to
pass under, farmhouses to float by and such. ||| ||| Very little flatwater but enough breaks
between rapids to munch a Cliff (shameless AW Sponsor plug) Bar and rehydrate. Nice active paddle
without being strenuous.||| ||| Trees close to banks throughout and many are beginning to fall in -
at least 6-10 were leaners debarked by ice flows so beware strainers will be popping up and some
were leaning low enough that once it hits the 6' range they'll be beyond ducking and officially
designated as strainers. At take-out run Left/Center as there is a log blocking the far right
channel under the bridge.

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