News From Around The State and Beyond

Mike McDonnell runs Rebirth on the lower Middlebury River. Vermont whitewater kayakaing.

Fall Recap 2023

If this were a movie, here would be the part where a montage of news clips play:A field reporter stands in the flooded streets of Montpelier.“In total, the central Vermont region reported more than 20 inches of rain over the summer, the most it has...

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A kayaker runs the rapid All American Boof on the New Haven River Vermont whitewater kayaking

Spring Recap 2023

What a difference a year makes.  This time last year I was writing from the middle of a summer drought, lamenting about how bad of a spring season we had.  Now I write after Vermont experienced its worst flooding since Irene and reflect on a...

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Kayaker Clay Murphy surfs a wave on the 5 Chutes Rapids of the Lamoille River Vermont whitewater kayaking

Fall Recap 2022

The past few years have felt unusual for obvious reasons.  For whitewater boaters in Vermont this was amplified by a prolonged period of drought, meager snowpacks and undesirable weather patterns that seemed to never relent.  It takes digging through the archives to find the last...

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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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