UPDATE- as of 9 am September 21, 2016, release is planned for 10 am - 3 pm Saturday and 10 am- 2 pm on Sunday. The afternoon may lengthened depending on conditions, check back for the latest information.
The Ball Mountain Dam release is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th. The Shuttle will run 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, and 9:30am - 2:30pm Sunday. Shuttle prices are $15 for a single trip and $25 for a day pass.
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 onthe 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 9:30 am - 3:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am - 2:30 pm on Sunday. Fees are $15 single ride or $25/day pass.
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