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Vermont whitewater, Waits River

Orange county, Waits River Village to Route 25B section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     10.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Orange County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Vermont is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camping stuff too. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have
    to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. You can pitch
a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The beauty of the Green Mountains is a great plus for this river. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Lebanon, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of Waits River in Orange County is 10.5  
miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Waits River you'll probably meet some folks from Topsham, and Iras Pinnacle is an attention-grabbing spot to check out while at Waits River. Now, you may feel that's loads but there's even more exciting things to do here in the Green Mountains. The Grimes Hill Road offers hiking at its best, and a visit to Boulder Beach is always a glorious idea. Coming to this river is always a good idea.

Waits River, Waits River Village to Route 25B 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 Waits River.
 Whitewater Near Waits River:
Ompompanoosuc River, Orange County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (West Fairlee to Thetford Covered Bridge)
Waits River, Orange County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 10.5 miles long (Waits River Village to Route 25B)
Wells River, Caledonia/Orange County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.5 miles long (Groton to Wells River Village)
Ompompanoosuc River - West Branch, Orange County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Strafford to Rices Mill)
Wells River, Orange County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Old Bridge to Lower Dam)
Joe's Brook River, Calendonia County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10 miles long (West Danville to covered bridge)
White River - First Branch, Orange County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Chelsea Health Center to above Sawmill Dam)
Mascoma River, Grafton County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3.9 miles long (Mascoma Lake to Route 4)
Wild Ammonoosuc River, Grafton County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Covered Bridge to Route 302)
Mascoma River, Grafton County, 20 miles away
      Class V - 0.33 miles long (Lebanon)
 Ski Areas Near Waits River:
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 22 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 29 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Twin Farms, Vermont , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 6 runs
Lyndon Outing Club, Vermont , 30 miles away, 433 foot drop, 3 lifts, 9 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 33 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 35 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Burke Mountain, Vermont , 35 miles away, 2011 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 37 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 38 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
 Beaches Near Waits River:
Boulder Beach, Caledonia , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Waits River:
The Norwich Inn, Norwich , 17 miles away
The Trumbull House Bed Break, Hanover , 17 miles away
Hanover Inn Dartmouth, Hanover , 17 miles away
Six South St Hotel, Hanover , 17 miles away
Residence Inn Hanover Lebanon, Lebanon , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Waits River:
The Pastures Campground, Orford, 9 miles away
Pastures Campground The, Orford, 9 miles away
Wilder Lake Campground, Grafton County, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Waits River:
Wrights Mountain Trail, Orange , 4 miles away
Grimes Hill Road, Grafton , 12 miles away
Silver Ledge Trail, Caledonia , 12 miles away
Groton State Forest Nature Trail, Caledonia , 13 miles away
Coldwater Brook Trail, Caledonia , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Waits River:
Ricker Pond State Park, Vermont , 11 miles away
Boulder Beach State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
New Discovery State Park, Vermont , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Waits River:
Bradford Golf Club, Bradford , 7 miles away
Lake Morey Country Club, Fairlee , 8 miles away
Blackmount Country Club, North Haverhill , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Waits River
Ticklenaked Pond, Caledonia , 12 miles away
Harvey Lake, Caledonia , 15 miles away
Lake Tarleton, Grafton , 18 miles away

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