Clay Murphy stands overlooking the path down the dam on the West River Vermont whitewater kayaking

Spring Recap 2022

Are whitewater kayakers in Vermont being subjected to some test of faith?  Perhaps we are being punished for our hedonistic pursuit of recreation.  Or perhaps it’s just an unfortunate and poorly timed climate cycle, a coincidence if you will.Regardless of the reason, those looking to...

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Justin Beckwith runs Lincoln Brook Falls while Culley Thomas waits below, Vermont Whitewater Kayaking

Fall Recap 2021

“Now in early summer, things have begun to return to the way they were and should be, with packed shuttle cars and beers shared on tailgates.” – me, really jinxing things in mid 2021 Justin Beckwith Runs Lincoln Brook Falls as Culley Thomas looks on from...

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Group Kayakers In Clarendon Gorge Vermont Whitewater Kayaking

Spring Recap 2021

There is a detectable strengthening of light on the horizon, and oh boy is it good to see.  I fear these posts were becoming redundant.  After all what new is there to report about the past spring of whitewater kayaking in Vermont?  A lingering pandemic,...

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Fall Recap 2020

I wish I could avoid the overused cliches and tired laments about just how bad 2020 was.  And the truth is, in the insulated and isolated bubble of Vermont, things weren't so bad when measured against the rest of the country.  But this is a...

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Jordan Boofing the lead-in to Playpen

Spring Recap 2020

Spring 2020.  To hell with it. As difficult as it may be we will do our best to not subject you to further opinions regarding the state of the world.  If curious please again refer to the initial statement. My family is safe, I am safe.  I...

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Kayaker in Ridley Brook Gorge Whitewater Vermont


Thanks for visiting us in this corner of the internet, however you found us, we're glad you made it.  Now that you are here, let's talk Vermont whitewater.The ultimate mission of the site is to make Vermont a more accessible kayaking venue.  Numerous kayakers have logged...

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Clay Murphy runs Secret Compartment Rapid on the New Haven River Bristol Vermont Whitewater Kayaking

Fall Recap 2019

After an exceptionally dry summer and early fall, whitewater boating finally returned to Vermont in early October.  What would follow were several weeks of quality water punctuated by two massive high-water events.   Culley Thomas getting some early November laps on the ledges. Fortunately...

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Chandler Smith on Patterson Brook (Upper White River) Vermont Whitewater Kayaking

Spring Recap 2019

The spring of 2019 in Vermont will go down as one of the best in the past five years, and for paddlers of northern Vermont one of the best of the past decade,  second in line behind only 2011.The regularity of ideal conditions - the...

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