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Vermont whitewater, White River - First Branch

Orange county, Chelsea Health Center to above Sawmill Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     6 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The scenic beauty of Orange County and the water flowing gracefully down White River - First Branch are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great
    attractions for lots of people. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The starting point is not too far from Lebanon, as you can see on the road map further down. Since you're on this site you are probably
into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Chelsea Health Center to above Sawmill Dam section is just one of many. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. The beauty of the Green Mountains is a great plus for this river. This stretch of White River - First Branch in Orange County is  
6 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Skiing at Twin Farms is one of those things you just ought to do, and The Pinnacle is a perfect location to have a look at while in the area. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Green Mountains. While you're here at White River - First Branch you can take a hike along the Bear Hill Trail, and dropping by Allis State Park is a wonderful thing to do. This is a great river.

White River - First Branch, Chelsea Health Center to above Sawmill 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 White River - First Branch.
 Whitewater Near White River - First Branch:
White River - First Branch, Orange County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Chelsea Health Center to above Sawmill Dam)
White River, Orange County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 13 miles long (North Royalton to West Hartford)
Ompompanoosuc River - West Branch, Orange County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Strafford to Rices Mill)
Ottauquechee River, Windsor County, 13 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 1 miles long (Right above Route 4 to 1 Mile below Route 4)
Ompompanoosuc River, Orange County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (West Fairlee to Thetford Covered Bridge)
Connecticut River, Windsor County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 0.25 miles long (Sumner Falls)
Waits River, Orange County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.5 miles long (Waits River Village to Route 25B)
Bloods Brook, Grafton County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (Ledges)
White River, Windsor County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Rochester to Bethel)
Mascoma River, Grafton County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 0.33 miles long (Lebanon)
 Ski Areas Near White River - First Branch:
Twin Farms, Vermont , 9 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 6 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 11 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 20 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Killington, Vermont , 24 miles away, 3050 foot drop, 30 lifts, 141 runs
Pico Mountain, Vermont , 26 miles away, 1967 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 28 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 30 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 33 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Bolton Valley, Vermont , 37 miles away, 1634 foot drop, 6 lifts, 60 runs
 Hotels Near White River - First Branch:
The Woodstock Inn And Resort, Woodstock , 12 miles away
Inn At Clearwater Pond, Quechee , 13 miles away
The Carriage House Of Woodstock, Woodstock , 13 miles away
Quality Inn At Quechee Gorge, Quechee , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, White River Junction , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near White River - First Branch:
Lake Champagne Campground, Randolph Center, 7 miles away
Cloudland Shelter - Appalachian Trail, North Pomfret, 9 miles away
Thistle Hill Shelter - Appalachian Trail, North Pomfret, 9 miles away
 Trails Near White River - First Branch:
Mount Peg Foot and Bridal Trails, Windsor , 12 miles away
Bear Hill Trail, Orange , 13 miles away
Barnard Trail, Windsor , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near White River - First Branch:
Silver Lake State Park, Vermont , 10 miles away
Allis State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
Quechee State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near White River - First Branch:
Montague Golf Club, Randolph , 11 miles away
Ekwanok Country Club, Manchester , 12 miles away
Dorset Field Club, Dorset , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near White River - First Branch
Pecks Pond, Washington , 15 miles away

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