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Vermont whitewater, Mad River

Washington county, 1st Hydro Dam to Winooski River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+(V)     2 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Barre, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beautiful scenery of Vermont and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a pretty short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The 1st Hydro Dam to Winooski
    River section of Mad River in Washington County is 2 miles long and is a class II-III+(V) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the 1st Hydro
Dam to Winooski River section is one of them. There are some good hotels near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The beautiful Green Mountains scenery is an added bonus. If you've  
been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Vermont you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular location for folks from Moretown, and on a wonderful day you can take a hike along the Stevenson Brook Trail. Yep, outdoors enjoyable things truly is plentiful here in the Green Mountains. A trip to Little River State Park when you're here at Mad River is a magnificent idea, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Hedgehop Hill Loop Trail.

Mad River, 1st Hydro Dam to Winooski River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Mad River.
 Whitewater Near Mad River:
Mad River, Washington County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 2 miles long (1st Hydro Dam to Winooski River)
Winooski River, Washington County, 2 miles away
      Class I(II) - 5 miles long (Middlesex to Waterbury)
Mad River, Washington County, 4 miles away
      Class I(V) - 4 miles long (Middle)
Little River, Washington County, 6 miles away
      Class I(III) - 2.5 miles long (Waterbury Reservoir to Winooski River)
Minister Brook, Washington County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Kimball Road to Route 12)
Ridley Brook, Washington County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Camel's Hump Road in North Duxbury to Winooski River)
Little River - West Branch, Lamoille County, 11 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 3 miles long (Fosters to Recreation Path parking lot)
Lamoille River, Lamoille County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.5 miles long (Slide Falls to Jeffersonville)
Huntington River, Chittenden County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Hanksville to Cochran Road)
Gihon River, Lamoille County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (VT 100c to covered bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Mad River:
Bolton Valley, Vermont , 12 miles away, 1634 foot drop, 6 lifts, 60 runs
Stowe, Vermont , 13 miles away, 2360 foot drop, 13 lifts, 116 runs
Smugglers Notch, Vermont , 15 miles away, 2610 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 16 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 16 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 20 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Twin Farms, Vermont , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 6 runs
Pico Mountain, Vermont , 33 miles away, 1967 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 33 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Killington, Vermont , 34 miles away, 3050 foot drop, 30 lifts, 141 runs
 Hotels Near Mad River:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Waterbury Stowe, Waterbury , 4 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Waterbury - Stowe, Waterbury , 4 miles away
Green Mountain Inn, Stowe , 8 miles away
Ye Olde England Inne, Stowe , 8 miles away
Northern Lights Lodge, Stowe , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mad River:
Duxbury Campground, Waterbury, 6 miles away
Little River State Park, Waterbury, 6 miles away
Gold Brook Campground, Stowe, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Mad River:
Hedgehop Hill Loop Trail, Washington , 7 miles away
Stevenson Brook Trail, Washington , 8 miles away
Dalley Loop Trail, Washington , 8 miles away
Sawmill Loop Trail, Washington , 9 miles away
Haselton Trail, Lamoille , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mad River:
Waterbury Center State Park, Vermont , 4 miles away
Little River State Park, Vermont , 7 miles away
Allis State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mad River:
Country Club of Vermont, Waterbury Center , 4 miles away
Blush Hill Country Club, Waterbury , 5 miles away
Stowe Country Club, Stowe , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Mad River
Pecks Pond, Washington , 13 miles away
Lake Lamoille, Lamoille , 15 miles away
Lake Elmore, Lamoille , 17 miles away

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