Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

4.05 (Class 5)


30 feet

 Tallest Drop:

30 feet

 # of Drops:





Winooski River






USGS Waterbury 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


46 K2



The dam from downstream, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge



Duxbury/Waterbury , Washington County, VT , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The dam from downstream



Indian Falls is an old name. Prior to the construction of the dam, the falls were a steep crashing rapids over large boulders. In times of low water, the oddly arranged boulder pile functioned as a natural bridge. This waterfall was not unlike Jefferson Falls in appearance, although with a much larger gorge and a much larger river. What remains of a once impressive waterfall is now the blank face of a dam. The town of Waterbury has a large recreation area near the powerhouse. It's a well used canoe portage as well. The top of the gorge walls is accessible by following the canoe portage trail up hill, then following the power lines. In a short distance, you come out on the bare rocks at the edge of the gorge. If you are uneasy around heights and steep drop-offs, you may wish to stay back. One more note of caution: Poison Ivy isn't merely common here, it's a plague. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the toothed and shiny red-tinged, three leaf pest, and avoid it. I recently got an email from Jerry Chase. He has authored a pretty serious piece on Bolton Falls, here is a link to his site: Bolton Falls


Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The gorge cuts through the Hazens Notch Schist and the Underhill Schist.




Photography Notes:

The gorge is interesting, but the falls are submerged. There are some good views of the Winooski Valley to be had from the top of the gorge walls.



From Route 2 in Jonesville, cross the bridge across the Winooski River and take a left on River Road. Perhaps half a mile past North Duxbury, you'll see a dirt road on your left that denotes an access to a hydroplant and town recreation area. Follow this to the parking area.