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Vermont whitewater, Wells River

Orange county, Old Bridge to Lower Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     1 miles
  The wonderful Vermont scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This section of Wells River in Vermont is 1 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. This is an extremely short section so better bring some good walking shoes. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. For all you camping people there
    are campgrounds nearby. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just
being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. If you're coming from Lebanon it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Vermont are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy.

Briefly about
 
the general area:
Near Wells River you find the Chippewa Trail which is a magnificent hiking trail. Going to Ricker Pond State Park in the neighborhood of Wells River is a great thing to do, and the Wrights Mountain Trail is a wonderful hiking trail close by. This is a really good river. There are plenty of folks from Wells River here at Wells River, and on a tremendous day it's a great idea to spend the day at Boulder Beach. For the period of the warm days of summer at Wells River highs are commonly in the 80's. Summer nighttime lows sink down to the 50's. All through the wintertime the highs are regularly in the 20's, and nighttime lows at Wells River all through the winter ordinarily descend into the 0's.

Wells River, Old Bridge to Lower Dam 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 Wells River.
 Whitewater Near Wells River:
Wild Ammonoosuc River, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Covered Bridge to Route 302)
Wells River, Caledonia/Orange County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.5 miles long (Groton to Wells River Village)
Joe's Brook River, Calendonia County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (West Danville to covered bridge)
Pond Brook River, Grafton County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Baker Pond to Wentworth)
Waits River, Orange County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.5 miles long (Waits River Village to Route 25B)
Baker River, Grafton County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 118 to Wentworth)
Ompompanoosuc River, Orange County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (West Fairlee to Thetford Covered Bridge)
Baker River - South Branch, Grafton County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Dorchester)
Baker River, Grafton County, 20 miles away
      Class V - 3.8 miles long (Warren)
Wild Ammonoosuc River, Grafton County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Wildwood to Covered Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Wells River:
Lyndon Outing Club, Vermont , 19 miles away, 433 foot drop, 3 lifts, 9 runs
Burke Mountain, Vermont , 24 miles away, 2011 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 37 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 39 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 41 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 41 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
 Beaches Near Wells River:
Boulder Beach, Caledonia , 14 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 , 20 miles away
Eastgate Motor Inn, Littleton , 22 miles away
BEST WESTERN White Mountain Inn, Franconia , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wells River:
Pleasant Valley Campgrounds, Wells River, 2 miles away
Warners Campground, Caledonia County, 4 miles away
Twin River Campground and Cottages, Bath, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Wells River:
Wrights Mountain Trail, Orange , 8 miles away
Chippewa Trail, Grafton , 10 miles away
Grimes Hill Road, Grafton , 11 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Grafton , 12 miles away
Blueberry Mountain Trail, Grafton , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wells River:
Ricker Pond State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
Boulder Beach State Park, Vermont , 15 miles away
New Discovery State Park, Vermont , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wells River:
Blackmount Country Club, North Haverhill , 5 miles away
Bradford Golf Club, Bradford , 8 miles away
Lake Morey Country Club, Fairlee , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Wells River
Ticklenaked Pond, Caledonia , 2 miles away
Harvey Lake, Caledonia , 9 miles away
Lake Tarleton, Grafton , 12 miles away

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