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Windham county, Ball Mountain Dam to Jamaica State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     2.75 miles
The West River is in great shape today. If you want some excellent white water get there this weekend. Posted 2 Apr 2010 Says Alan Upham

This section of West River in Windham County is 2.75 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The put-in location is a short drive from Keene, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. A bit of exercise and just hanging
    out with mother nature will make you glad you came. This is a pretty short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive
a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Vermont is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Ball Mountain Dam to Jamaica State Park stretch is just one of many. The  
natural beauty of Vermont and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're visiting West River from Newfane, you won't be the only one, and going for a hike on the Sunset Trail is always a magnificent adventure. Fort Dummer State Park is a magnificent place to have a look at on a beautiful day, and there are tremendous locations to explore along the Sunrise Trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Living Memorial Park is a good local ski area, and Jamaica State Park is both good and picturesque.

West River, Ball Mountain Dam to Jamaica State Park 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 West River.
 Whitewater Near West River:
West River, Windham County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 2.75 miles long (Ball Mountain Dam to Jamaica State Park)
Rock River, Windham County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (South Newfane to West River)
Adamson River - West Branch, Windham County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 6 miles long (Route 100A to Putney)
Saxton's River, Windham County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Grafton to Connecticut River)
Wardsboro Brook, Windham County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (North Wardsboro to West River)
Green River, Windham / Franklin County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.8 miles long (Green River to West Leyden)
Green River, Franklin County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (West Leyden to covered bridge)
West River, Windham County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Salmon Hole to Route 100)
Ball Mountain Brook, Windham County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Metcalf Road to Jamaica State Park)
North River, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Halifax Vermont Gorge to Colrain)
 Ski Areas Near West River:
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 8 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 14 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 17 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 17 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 19 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 22 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
Bromley Mountain, Vermont , 23 miles away, 1334 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 24 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Snow Valley, Vermont , 25 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 7 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 27 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
 Marinas Near West River:
Marina Restaurant, Brattleboro , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near West River:
Greenfield Beach, Franklin , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near West River:
Dalems Chalet, Brattleboro , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BRATTLEBORO, Brattleboro , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Brattleboro, Brattleboro , 8 miles away
Super 8 Brattleboro, Brattleboro , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn Brattleboro, Brattleboro , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near West River:
Kenolie Village Campground, Newfane, 1 miles away
Camperama, Townshend, 3 miles away
Bald Mountain Campground, Townshend, 4 miles away
 Trails Near West River:
Sunset Trail, Windham , 10 miles away
Sunrise Trail, Windham , 10 miles away
Railroad Bed Trail, Windham , 10 miles away
Overlook Trail, Windham , 11 miles away
Hamilton Falls Trail, Windham , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near West River:
Fort Dummer State Park, Vermont , 10 miles away
Jamaica State Park, Vermont , 10 miles away
Molly Stark State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near West River:
Brattleboro Country Club, Brattleboro , 7 miles away
Sitzmark Country Club, Wilmington , 9 miles away
Tater Hill Golf Club, Chester , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near West River
Indian Pond, Cheshire , 10 miles away
Spofford Lake, Cheshire , 16 miles away
Lake Sadawga, Windham , 19 miles away

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