A Typical Day
Our West River trip meets at the Main Base Lodge at Stratton Mountain in Stratton, Vermont. Please try to be on time, since we must work within the schedule of water releases decided on by the Army Corps of Engineers. You will be required to read and sign a release of liability at this time. All guests will be required to wear a Zoar Outdoor issued PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and helmet. You will also be provided with a paddle.
We raft a section of class III and III+ whitewater on the West River, putting in below the Ball Mountain Dam and finishing the trip at Townsend Reservoir. Our first taste of big whitewater comes as we head into Landslide rapid just below the put-in. Two miles of continuous rapids later we meet our biggest challenge at the Dumplings where negotiating the river’s natural s-turn pushes each raft’s paddling skills to the limit.
We stop by the riverside for a brief snack and have opportunities for swimming before a series of easier rapids leads to the confluence with the Wardsboro River. Another mile of fun class II+ rapids ends at the takeout at Townsend Reservoir.
The trip usually takes about 2-3 hours on the river and about 5 hours overall, including registration, transportation to the river, and a riverside snack spot. At Stratton Mountain a hearty lunch is served while viewing a slide show of your run through the river’s largest rapids.
The following statement is required by VT state law: **Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.**