Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in Vermont

This list represents the most popular whitewater kayaking & canoeing in Vermont. Use this list to plan your next Vermont whitewater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. North River - Halifax Gorge: Route 112 to Route 112


This upper section of the North is better known for the nude sunbathers who used to hang out on the rocks before the town closed the area than for its boating potential, but the 3.0-mile run holds som…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Halifax, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Rock River: Williamsville to Route 30


The Rock enters the West River just upstream of Brattleboro, Vermont. Its scenery, rapids, and accessibility make it one of the more interesting of the many runnable West River tributaries (five at la…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Williamsville, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Lamoille River: Slide Falls to Jeffersonville


The Lamoille River is a good way to see Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. With alternating rapid and flat stretches, the whitewater is not a draw in itself, but the varied scenery and late season make it w…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Johnson, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 11.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Green River: Green River to Eunice Williams Road


The Green River is known more for its rustic scenery than for its challenging rapids. Snaking its way through the Vermont woodlands, the Green River valley typifies the New England outback. It’s a win…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Brattleboro, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 11.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Connecticut River - Sumner Falls


Sumner Falls, or Hartland Rapid, as it’s known in some boating circles, is runnable at almost any water level and interesting enough to occupy the better part of a day at most levels. Only a quarter-m…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Hartland, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 0.25 mile
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. West River: Ball Mountain Dam to Townshend Reservoir


This eTrail includes two sections of Vermont's West River: Ball Mountain Dam to Jamaica State Park and Jamaica State Park to Townshend Reservoir. One of the principal waterways of southern Vermont, th…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Jamaica, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Winooski River: Dam to Waterbury


The Winooski is a narrow, scenic run in northern Vermont that holds its water well into the summer most years. The rapids are mostly easy and there are significant stretches of flatwater, but the run…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Waterbury, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Deerfield River - Searsburg Section: Searsburg Dam to Harriman Reservoir


The Searsburg Dryway is about 4.5 miles long, with boulder gardens, ledges, and good-sized wave trains. The river’s flow is normally diverted into a black wooden penstock that dries up the riverbed fo…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Wilmington, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Big Branch River: Big Branch Trail to Tabor Mountain Road Bridge


Big drops, big scenery, big danger, big hike out. For the seasoned class V creek-boater who’s ready for a big challenge, here it is: nonstop rapids at a gradient of 400 feet per mile, with incredible…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Danby, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 1.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Ball Mountain Brook: Metcalf Road to Jamaica State Park


This small stream drains the south side of Stratton Mountain and feeds into the West River near the center of Jamaica, Vermont. In character and difficulty the rapids are similar to the Wardsboro and…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Jamaica, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Roaring Branch - Arlington: Kelly Stand Road to East Kansas


Tucked away in a crease of the Green Mountains, this class V creek holds one of the most continuous runs in the region. The Roaring Branch is born in the Stratton Pond area in the Green Mountain Natio…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Arlington, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Black River: Whitesville to Perkinsville


The Black is a medium-sized river in southeastern Vermont that offers a straightforward trip for advanced beginners. The usual run depends to a large extent on how much water is being released at the…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Whitesville, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Deerfield River - West Branch: Readsboro Falls to Readsboro


In 1987 a sign on the dilapidated chair factory building in Readsboro, Vermont read: FOR SALE—100,000 SQUARE FOOT HUNTING CABIN—$7,000. The old chair factory and mill remained on the market despite th…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Readsboro, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Waits River: Waits River to Route 25B


The Waits is about two-thirds of the way up Vermont and is a tributary of the Connecticut. It is a good advanced-beginner run. Possessing a steady current, it has several large, sloping ledges; many s…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
East Corinth, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. Wardsboro Brook: Wardsboro to West River


The Wardsboro is a small tributary of the West River. Its season is limited to only a couple of weeks, unless there are heavy rains. But when the water is up, the Wardsboro presents a demanding run. T…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Wardsboro, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Winhall River: Grahamville School to Londonderry Road


The Winhall is a rather small stream that can offer an exciting ride in high water and a challenging class II–III run in medium or low water. Because it has a small watershed, the Winhall has a relati…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Bondville, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. White River: North Royalton to South Royalton


Draining central Vermont, the White River offers many miles of pleasant canoeing through some of the most beautiful countryside New England has to offer. Like the Green, the White is known more for it…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
North Royalton, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Deerfield River - East Branch: Somerset Reservoir to Searsburg Reservoir


Before the European settlers arrived, Vermont must have looked very much like the valley of the East Branch of the Deerfield. From this tight, winding creek, views of the Green Mountain National Fores…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Somerset, VT - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books