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White Water Release at Jamaica State Park
UPDATE: Release will happen on Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28!

We just heard from the Army Corps that they will be releasing both days, Saturday & Sunday for 2014. If you plan to paddle Sunday, be sure to extend your camping reservations for an additional day. Thanks!

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 and 8:30 am - 3:00pm on Sunday for a fee.

Entry to the park is just $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child and is collected at the park entrance. 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 and 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on Sunday. Fees are $15 single ride or $25/day pass.

* Please note that due to water levels and extending the release period over two days, there is a possibility that the release might be as short as five hours each day.

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