Friday, May 13, 2011

Lamoille in Johnson

The bottom of Dog's Head Falls in Johnson

 I visited a short section in Johnson on May 10 at a palatable level of 780 cfs, putting in at the old Long Trail Tavern on Route 15 on the Cambridge side of town. It was a two hour round trip up and back at a moderate pace.

The launch is a baseball field away from the parking area and the schlep ends with a steep bank that lands on uneven, sandy ground terminating at a sandy launch. The area appears to be populated with Japanese bamboo that was just coming up. Below the launch is the Route 15 bridge at Hogback Road and the top of Ithiel Falls.

There was a large flood this year that stripped away any dead foliage from last year. I'm not sure this launch is accessible every spring.

The uphill paddle was fairly easy, with three riffles to beat. It takes one under the Railroad Street Bridge and as far as the bottom of Dog's Head Falls, where there is a large swimming hole and generous beach, good place to leave the boat and scramble on the rocks, exploring the potholes and rock formations.


Time  2011-05-10 17:13:40
Altitude  398 ft
Speed  0 mph  :  Heading    
Location  N 44.64179°   W 72.70967°



More pics of the falls:
http://www.vtfalls.com/johnsondogsheadfalls.htm

Other Lamoille River Posts:
Wolcott to Morrisville 
Willow Crossing to Ithiel Falls

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