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When do we know if there is a 2015 september release weekend?

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From what i know They are expecting a 2 day release unless late Summer/Fall is extremely dry but seems to say it’s going to be just Saturday….it was a wet June but a dry July up there.

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This is posted on the Jamaica State Park Site:

White Water Release at Jamaica State Park
September 26-27, 2015

Whitewater is tentatively scheduled for Saturday and Sunday September 26 and 27. Shuttle times and prices will remain the same.

This year there is added uncertainty because there is a construction project at the Ball Mountain Dam which is adding a hydro turbine- this requires the water level to be held to winter pool levels. The project is about a month behind schedule meaning that they probably can’t start raising water levels until September 1. It needs to come up 30 feet for the two day release. It has been unusually dry so far in the West River watershed which may not help. The ACOE is considering moving the release to a later date if there isn’t enough water to do it on the scheduled date. But they won’t know any of this until early to mid September.

If you plan to paddle Sunday, be sure to extend your camping reservations for an additional day. Thanks!


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Here’s some updated info I received last night from MVP:

We’ve been getting a lot of queries why we’re not taking reservations
for camping at the Fall West yet.

Unfortunately, the Fall West Release scheduled for September 26 & 27
might be cancelled. There is not sufficient water in the reservoir
to support a full or partial release currently.

As of 11am this morning, the pool level was at 28.15 feet; well below
the winter storage level of of 35 feet, and way-way-below the summer
storage level of 65 feet. Inflow has been ranging from 13 cfs to 16
cfs the last few days; outflow is 21 cfs. (With a storage capacity
of 240-acre-feet, the reservoir is down 300+ million-cubic-feet.)

We’ve received an email from Vermont State Parks that the Army Corps
is considering to moving the release to the weekend of October 3 & 4,
or October 17 & 18, or possibly canceling it outright this year.

According to VT State Parks:

“If the release changes to October 3 & 4, Jamaica State Park will
be open, however there will not be a vehicle shuttle for boaters.”

“If the release is changed to October 17 & 18, the park will be
closed for the season; the main gate will be closed and no vehicle
access or parking will be available inside the park.”

If by some miracle we do get enough rain to support a West Release
then we’ll turn on camping reservations on the web site and let you
know via email. We’ll also be having another Low Country Boil as in
the past on Saturday night.

As soon as we hear any further info, we’ll send a follow-up to this

In the meantime, other fall paddling opportunities are:

Sep 9-13 – Deerfield/Fife Brook
Sep 12-13 – Deerfield/Monroe Bridge
Sep 16-19 – Deerfield/Fife Brook
Oct 1-4 – Deerfield/Fife Brook
Oct 3 – Dead (Full-open to 6000 cfs)
Oct 8-11 – Deerfield/Fife Brook (final release of year)
Oct 10 – North Branch Piscataquog (8am-4pm)
Oct 10-11 – Deerfield/Monroe Bridge Release (final release of year)
Oct 17 – Little Suncook (8am-4pm)
Oct 17-18 – [first] Farmington New Boston Release?
Oct 17-18 – Moose River Festival
Oct 24 – Lower Piscataquog – Joint MVP/AMC End-of-Season Party’
Oct 24-25 – [second] Farmington New Boston Release?
Nov 7-8 – Tohickon Creek (PA)

If you wish to take part in the discussion of this, please go to the
MVP Facebook Page at:

/Skip (MVP Treasurer and Webmaster)

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