West River Release (Class III) Sept. 22 AND 23

Date and Time

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Sunday, September 22, 2019


Jamaica VT,
Vermont, Green Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


The 2-day West River Fall Release is one of the biggest paddling events in New England with shuttle-serviced Class III whitewater. We'll run the Class II section as a group for a morning warmup on Saturday. This is a really fun, pretty intense Class II run with bigger waves than many Class II runs. After the warmup, we'll move upstream to the Class III for at least one run on Saturday, possible multiple runs on Sunday. To paddle the Class III with this group, you must have previously paddled Class II or II with one of the trip leaders. This is a true Class III run: 2+ miles of almost continuous rapids with large waves, fast currents and lots of rocks to dodge. Friendly eddies are scarce and swims can be long and uncomfortable. That said, it's a good choice for a first full-on Class III experience as it's easy to bail out at any point and walk your boat back to the State Park along the shuttle road. For more information: or AMC NH/Vermont River Guide page 125. Many of us will base at the nearby Winhall Brook Campground ( There are usually sites available. It's much quieter and more relaxed than the party at Jamaica State Park. The State Park requires a $4/day pass for entry. Shuttle rides are $15/each, $25 for an unlimited day pass. Please register for the trip with either of the trip leaders..

AMC Trip Policy



Class III Drop


Paddling - Whitewater

Offered By

New Hampshire




Adults (18+)


The AMC was there for me when I wanted to learn how to paddle a kayak on whitewater. Now I'm leading trips to give others the same opportunity.


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