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Vermont whitewater, Browns River

Chittenden county, Westford to Lamoille river section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     4 miles
 
Two friends of mine and I rafted the Browns River from Westford to the Lamoille River and then down the Lamoille to the Georgia High Bridge in late October 2007. It had rained for a few days prior to our run and the Browns was at flood stage (over Pettingill Rd. about five miles upstream of the put in). Putting in at the Rte. 128 bridge in Westford, at this level you find about 1/4 mile of class II water until you reach the covered bridge
    in Westford. There is a diagonal hole just below the covered bridge which is right above a partially washed out dam. We ran the 8ft dam on the far right successfully and continued down river. The rapids below here at this
level are good class III+ in places mixed with lots of fast moving flat water. There are 3 or 4 somewhat technical ledge drops ranging in height from 3ft to 6ft. After scouting, we ran everything. Once we hit the Lamoille, which was running around 5000cfs, it was big water class II and III down to Georgia. The ledge drop and run out rapid above the High Bridge were HUGE. If the air wasn't so cold and the wind blowing so hard, we could have  
used the big recirculating edies there to surf all afternoon. A very long 3 to 5ft wave train finished off the day before a 1/4 mile flat water paddle to the take out at the fishing access on Rte. 104A. This very sedate little run seems to really come alive at this very high level. Running it at lower levels would hardly be worth the effort. Our total time on the water was about 3 1/2 hours with snow squalls and a strong head wind. Lots of fun, close to Burlington, enjoy it the next time it's up. Says Whitewaterglenn

The Westford to Lamoille river stretch of Browns River in Chittenden County is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Browns River.
 Whitewater Near Browns River:
Browns River, Chittenden County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Westford to Lamoille river)
Mill Brook, Chittenden County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 5 miles long (Jericho)
Little River - West Branch, Lamoille County, 19 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3 miles long (Fosters to Recreation Path parking lot)
Lewis Creek, Chittendon / Addison County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Prindle Corner to Lake Champlain)
Huntington River, Chittenden County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Hanksville to Cochran Road)
Ridley Brook, Washington County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Camel's Hump Road in North Duxbury to Winooski River)
Little River, Washington County, 21 miles away
      Class I(III) - 2.5 miles long (Waterbury Reservoir to Winooski River)
Lamoille River, Lamoille County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.5 miles long (Slide Falls to Jeffersonville)
New Haven River, Addison County, 25 miles away
      Class V - 1.3 miles long (West Lincoln to Route 116 bridge)
Mad River, Washington County, 26 miles away
      Class I(V) - 4 miles long (Middle)
 Ski Areas Near Browns River:
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 12 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Bolton Valley, Vermont , 15 miles away, 1634 foot drop, 6 lifts, 60 runs
Stowe, Vermont , 17 miles away, 2360 foot drop, 13 lifts, 116 runs
Smugglers Notch, Vermont , 17 miles away, 2610 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 22 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 26 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
Jay Peak, Vermont , 38 miles away, 2153 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Mont Sutton, Quebec , 39 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 53 runs
Ski Bromont, Quebec , 42 miles away, 1271 foot drop, 5 lifts, 52 runs
Pico Mountain, Vermont , 49 miles away, 1967 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
 Marinas Near Browns River:
Marina at Marble Island, Colchester , 15 miles away
Malletts Bay Marina, Colchester , 15 miles away
Moorings Marina, Colchester , 15 miles away
Coates Island Marina, Colchester , 16 miles away
Apple Island Resort Marina, South Hero , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Browns River:
The Essex Resort And Spa, Essex Junction , 8 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites St Albans, Saint Albans , 9 miles away
Econo Lodge Saint Albans, Saint Albans , 10 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Essex Burlington Area, Essex Junction , 10 miles away
TownePlace Suites Burlington Williston, Williston , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Browns River:
Maple Grove Campground, Fairfax, 3 miles away
Homestead Campgrounds, Milton, 7 miles away
South Hill Riverside Campground, Chittenden County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Browns River:
Nose Dive Trail, Chittenden , 14 miles away
Island Farm Nature Trail, Franklin , 15 miles away
Southern Tip Trail, Franklin , 15 miles away
North Shore Trail, Franklin , 15 miles away
West Shore Trail, Franklin , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Browns River:
Underhill State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
Kill Kare State Park, Vermont , 14 miles away
Sandbar State Park, Vermont , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Browns River:
Essex Country Club, Essex Jct , 5 miles away
Links At Lang Farm, Essex Junction , 8 miles away
Catamount Golf Club, Williston , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Browns River
Metcalf Pond, Franklin , 10 miles away
Lake Iroquois, Chittenden , 14 miles away
Lake Carmi, Franklin , 19 miles away

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