Magnitude:

2

 Abs Mag:

4

 Beisel Rating:

3.63 (Class 4)

 Height:

4 feet

 Tallest Drop:

4 feet

 # of Drops:

1

 Type:

Rapids

 Stream:

Little Otter Creek

 Latitude:

44.1965

 Longitude:

73.2391

 Maps:

USGS Vergennes East 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

38 F6

 

 

The falls from the base, click to enlarge

 A wide angle view of the falls, click to enlarge

 

 

Ferrisburgh , Addison County, VT , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The falls from the base

 

Details:

This is perhaps the smallest named waterfall I've encountered in the time I've been maintaining this site. It's not here for any other reason than it is a named historic falls. The Little Otter Creek leaves a big swampy pond, slithers over a short jagged rocky outcrop, and immediately forms another big swampy pond.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

 

History:

The falls are named for Walter Birkett, who used the falls to generate power for his wheelwright shop. According to the town history, he made mostly oxcarts.

 

Photography Notes:

It's possible to take a decent shot of the falls. Composition is a factor, as the bridge behind the falls doesn't add to the beauty of the falls, a zoom lens can be helpful. Bring your polarizer as there is a lot of reflected light here.

 

Directions:

Take Satterly Road, off Route 7 just north of Vergennes, and park at the bridge over Little Otter Creek. The falls are visible downstream. Unless you're a dedicated waterfall-bagger like me, don't bother.