The Batten Kill

Last Updated: 8/2018
General Description

     The Batten Kill starts in East Dorset, Vermont, and flows south with Mad Tom Brook soon joining it from the southern slope of Mount Tabor. It flows in a southwesterly direction to Arlington and then in a westerly direction, entering New York. The river continues west, forming the boundary between the towns of Jackson and Salem, turning north at the hamlet of Shushan.  Turning west again at Greenwich Junction, the river becomes the boundary between Jackson and the town of Greenwich, passing the hamlets of East Greenwich, Battenville and Center Falls before reaching the village of Greenwich. The Batten Kill continues as the boundary between Greenwich and the town of Easton, past the hamlet of Middle Falls and ends at the Hudson River, at a point one mile north of Schuylerville.
   From source to mouth following the major windings, the river measures 57.0 miles.  Others have a length of 59.4 miles. Note that we have carefully measured repeatedly the length using mapping tools and are certain of this 57.0 mile length. The length of the river in Vermont is exactly 26 miles and in New York 31.0 miles.

 Covered Bridges
 


STATISTICS

Total Length: 57.0 miles

Reach 1 - 790 - 718 =  72 feet    (4.9 miles)
Reach 2 - 718 - 640 =  78 feet    (6.4 miles)
Reach 3 - 640 - 600 =  40 feet    (7.9 miles)
Reach 4 - 600 - 441 = 159 feet (11.1 miles)
Reach 5 - 441 - 418 =   23 feet   (8.1 miles)
Reach 6 - 418 - 368 =   50 feet   (8.3 miles)
Reach 7 - 368 - 292 =   76 feet   (5.7 miles)
Reach 8 - 292 - 85   = 207 feet   (5.2 miles)

Altitude drop: 705 feet (an average of 12.37 feet/mile)
       Paddling this river is relatively gentle for most of the river.  The lions share of altitude change is over the last 10.3 miles as shown here:

Headwaters to Dam 8 (46.7 miles) -
                Altitude Drop: 422 feet (9.04 feet/mile)
Dam 8 to the Mouth (10.3 miles) -
                Altitude Drop: 283 feet (27.48 feet/mile)
      Few people spend much time paddling the last 10 miles because of all the dams.  On average, there is a dam every 1.3 miles.  A determined paddler would spend 4 to 6 hours portaging with only 3 hours of paddling.  Not a lot of fun!
      We have included these eight dams here for completeness.  If you want this challenge then make sure you scout each portage carefully.  Don't forget to consider the river levels too.​
Access Points
The Batten Kill Conservancy
        Battenkill Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit 501 c(3) organization incorporated in 1993 under the laws of the State of New York by a group of Washington County residents whose reach includes over 500 local, regional, national and international members and friends.​​
       Battenkill Conservancy works to promote clean water and open space by preserving & enhancing the Battenkill watershed & beyond through education, conservation, advocacy & the River Watch Program.
Batten Kill Conservancy
THE REACHES
              We have defined 8 usable reaches.  Each reach has a map with put-in and take-out positions, description, length, difficulty, and information as appropriate.
Distance
1
Headwaters of the Batten Kill (57.0)  to Barnumville Road Bridge (52.1)
4.9
2
Barnumville Road Bridge (52.1) to Richville Road Bridge Access (45.7)
6.4
3
Richville Road Bridge Access (45.7) to Waterworks Bridge Access (37.8)
7.9
4
Waterworks Bridge Access (37.8) to Eagleville NY Covered Bridge (26.7)
11.1
5
 Eagleville NY Covered Bridge (26.7) to Rt 22 Salem Fishing Access (18.6)
8.1
6
Rt 22 Salem Fishing Access (18.6) to Hollingsworth & Vos - Dam 8 (10.3)
8.3
7
Hollingsworth & Vos - Dam 8 (10.3) to Middle Falls Dam 4 (4.6)
5.7
8
Middle Falls Dam 4 (4.6) to Mouth of the Batten Kill (0.0) to Schuylerville Park Access on the Hudson River
5.2
 RIVER LEVEL
National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
West Branch near New Boston
At Unionville
At Simsbury
At Tariffville