Vermont’s White River is the heart of a picturesque working landscape, rushing down forested hillsides, bubbling along farm fields, winding under covered bridges, and rolling through historic villages before joining the Connecticut River in White River Junction. The river’s largely rural watershed contributes to cold, clean water, making the White River a popular recreational destination, and warm weather brings thousands of residents and visitors alike to enjoy tubing, swimming, paddling, fishing, wildlife viewing, and more.
The White River watershed encompasses 710 square miles, draining portions of Addison, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor Counties, including 50,000 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest. The White River originates in the Town of Ripton on the slopes of Battell Mountain, then flows southerly and easterly before merging with the Connecticut River in the Town of Hartford. The 56-mile main stem of the White River has 5 major tributaries: the First Branch, the Second Branch, the Third Branch, the West Branch, and the Tweed River. Follow this link to view a map of the watershed.
The White River is significant for being one of the last free-flowing rivers in the State of Vermont, and is the longest un-dammed tributary to the Connecticut River, which was the first designated National Blueway.