Wardsboro Brook Wardsboro to West River

Wardsboro, Vermont 5355

Wardsboro Brook Wardsboro to West River

Wardsboro Brook: Wardsboro to West River Professional Review and Guide

"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. The current is continuous for the entire run, as are the rapids. It is definitely harder than its nearby cousin, the Winhall—the rocks are larger, the gradient steeper, and the rapids generally more complex. As with the Winhall, a road parallels the entire trip, so impromptu exits and entrances are possible.

The basic character of this stream changed dramatically after the flood of 1975 and again after the floods of the mid-'80s. Huge volumes of water passed down all the rivers in the area, altering not only their courses but their complexions as well. In the clean-up period that followed, bulldozers reportedly manhandled the riverbed, so that many parts now look like an uneventful sluiceway. The Wardsboro is far from dead, however, and it still holds a surprise or two."

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Oct 2018