The Ball Mountain Dam release is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 ONLY. The Shuttle will run 8:30am – 3:30 pm Saturday. Shuttle prices are $15 for a single trip and $25 for a day pass.
Update September 22, 2015:
This fall’s recreational water release from the Ball Mountain Dam is confirmed for Saturday September 26 and will not take place Sunday, September 27. You can visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website for the latest information.
If you wish to change your reservation for the weekend of September 26 & 27 to a different weekend, you may do so where and whenever space is available. If you wish to cancel your reservation for the weekend of September 25-27, you may do so and receive a credit for future use or a full refund without penalty. We ask that you contact us by 6 pm September 24 if you wish to change or cancel.
Thanks for your consideration.
Jamaica State Park is the center of activity for the West River whitewater event each September as the US Army Corps of Engineers releases water from its Ball Mountain Dam. The controlled water releases produce ideal rafting, kayaking and canoeing opportunities on the West River in southern Vermont. The release is usually held on the fourth Saturday in September.
These events draw whitewater enthusiasts from around the northeast as kayakers, canoeists and river rafters all join in the fun of paddling the class II to class IV rapids. Thousands of people come to the park to watch the action on the West River and hike along the 3 mile long former rail bed hiking trail that gently winds up the steep valley.
Concessionaires stationed at the park’s day parking area vend food, equipment and gear. Jamaica State Park provides a shuttle service up the West River Rail trail from the day parking area to the Cobb Brook bridge. Shuttles operate as needed 8:30 am-3:30 pm on Saturday.
Camping space at Jamaica State Park fills quickly in advance for event weekends, so book your stay now.
Shuttles run from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm on Saturday. Fees are $15 single ride or $25/day pass.
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