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Vermont whitewater, Wells River

Caledonia Orange county, Groton to Wells River Village section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     9.5 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Lebanon, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Vermont tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The nature scenery of Caledonia/Orange County and the water flowing gracefully down Wells River are in themselves reasons enough to come here
    to paddle. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Groton to Wells River Village stretch is one of them. The Groton to Wells
River Village section of Wells River is 9.5 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there  
are lots of good spots for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Wells River wouldn’t be complete without a spree to nearby Ricker Pond State Park. Going for a hike along the Wrights Mountain Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. If you want to hit the beach, Boulder Beach is close by; since you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by South Ryegate. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. A glorious site like Boulder Beach State Park close to Wells River is too delightful to leave out, and if the weather is tremendous, you can go for a hike along the Peacham Bog Trail.

Wells River, Groton to Wells River Village road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Wells River.
 Whitewater Near Wells River:
Wells River, Orange County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Old Bridge to Lower Dam)
Wells River, Caledonia/Orange County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.5 miles long (Groton to Wells River Village)
Wild Ammonoosuc River, Grafton County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Covered Bridge to Route 302)
Joe's Brook River, Calendonia County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (West Danville to covered bridge)
Waits River, Orange County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.5 miles long (Waits River Village to Route 25B)
Ompompanoosuc River, Orange County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (West Fairlee to Thetford Covered Bridge)
Pond Brook River, Grafton County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Baker Pond to Wentworth)
Winooski River, Washington County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 24 miles long (Marshfield to Montpelier)
Ompompanoosuc River - West Branch, Orange County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Strafford to Rices Mill)
Baker River, Grafton County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 118 to Wentworth)
 Ski Areas Near Wells River:
Lyndon Outing Club, Vermont , 20 miles away, 433 foot drop, 3 lifts, 9 runs
Burke Mountain, Vermont , 25 miles away, 2011 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 33 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 34 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 39 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Twin Farms, Vermont , 39 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 6 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 42 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
 Beaches Near Wells River:
Boulder Beach, Caledonia , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Wells River:
Comfort Inn & Suites Near Burke Mountain, Saint Johnsbury , 13 miles away
Estabrook House, Saint Johnsbury , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn Littleton, Littleton , 23 miles away
Eastgate Motor Inn, Littleton , 25 miles away
The Trumbull House Bed And Breakfast, Hanover , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wells River:
Pleasant Valley Campgrounds, Wells River, 5 miles away
Warners Campground, Caledonia County, 5 miles away
Harvey's Lake Cabins And Campground, Barnet, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Wells River:
Wrights Mountain Trail, Orange , 7 miles away
Peacham Bog Trail, Caledonia , 10 miles away
Coldwater Brook Trail, Caledonia , 11 miles away
Groton State Forest Nature Trail, Caledonia , 11 miles away
Hosmer Brook Trail, Caledonia , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wells River:
Ricker Pond State Park, Vermont , 10 miles away
Boulder Beach State Park, Vermont , 12 miles away
New Discovery State Park, Vermont , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wells River:
Blackmount Country Club, North Haverhill , 9 miles away
Bradford Golf Club, Bradford , 9 miles away
Lake Morey Country Club, Fairlee , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Wells River
Ticklenaked Pond, Caledonia , 2 miles away
Harvey Lake, Caledonia , 6 miles away
Lake Tarleton, Grafton , 15 miles away

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