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Vermont whitewater, Rock River

Windham county, South Newfane to West River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3.3 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. If you're coming from Keene it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The nature scenery of Vermont and the water flowing gracefully down Rock River beats anything. You might have to settle
    for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large
number of good places. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the South Newfane to West River section is one of them. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
Jamaica State Park is a good site to pop by on a
delightful day, and a day on the slopes of Living Memorial Park is just what you need. Go for a hike on the Sunset Trail, and you're sure to come across some nice folks from Williamsville here. This is such a wonderful river. Good hiking is available along the Sunrise Trail, and stopping by Fort Dummer State Park is a fine thing to do. Rock River gets lots of water. For the duration of August this area sees the most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month. Summertime highs at Rock River frequently tend to be in the 80's. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 50's.

Rock River, South Newfane to West River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Rock River.
 Whitewater Near Rock River:
Rock River, Windham County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (South Newfane to West River)
West River, Windham County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 2.75 miles long (Ball Mountain Dam to Jamaica State Park)
Adamson River - West Branch, Windham County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 6 miles long (Route 100A to Putney)
Green River, Franklin County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (West Leyden to covered bridge)
Green River, Windham / Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.8 miles long (Green River to West Leyden)
Wardsboro Brook, Windham County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (North Wardsboro to West River)
North River, Franklin County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Halifax Vermont Gorge to Colrain)
Saxton's River, Windham County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Grafton to Connecticut River)
Ball Mountain Brook, Windham County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Metcalf Road to Jamaica State Park)
West River, Windham County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Salmon Hole to Route 100)
 Ski Areas Near Rock River:
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 8 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 15 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 15 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 15 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 18 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 22 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Bromley Mountain, Vermont , 23 miles away, 1334 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 24 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
Snow Valley, Vermont , 24 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 7 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 30 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
 Marinas Near Rock River:
Marina Restaurant, Brattleboro , 9 miles away
Franklin County Boat Club, Gill , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Rock River:
Greenfield Beach, Franklin , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Rock River:
Dalems Chalet, Brattleboro , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BRATTLEBORO, Brattleboro , 8 miles away
Super 8 Brattleboro, Brattleboro , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Brattleboro, Brattleboro , 8 miles away
Quality Inn & Conference Center, Brattleboro , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rock River:
Kenolie Village Campground, Newfane, 3 miles away
Camperama, Townshend, 5 miles away
Townshend State Park, Townshend, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Rock River:
Sunset Trail, Windham , 10 miles away
Sunrise Trail, Windham , 10 miles away
Mount Olga Trail, Windham , 10 miles away
Railroad Bed Trail, Windham , 11 miles away
Overlook Trail, Windham , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rock River:
Fort Dummer State Park, Vermont , 10 miles away
Jamaica State Park, Vermont , 10 miles away
Molly Stark State Park, Vermont , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rock River:
Brattleboro Country Club, Brattleboro , 7 miles away
Sitzmark Country Club, Wilmington , 8 miles away
Tater Hill Golf Club, Chester , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Rock River
Indian Pond, Cheshire , 11 miles away
Lake Sadawga, Windham , 16 miles away
Spofford Lake, Cheshire , 17 miles away

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