West River, Vt.
The states best white-water run can be a zoo on the two days a year (the end of April and September) when the Army Corps of Engineers releases the waters of the Ball Mountain Dam. The rest of the year, it can get a little dry, but its still a scenic white-water kayaking run though the Green Mountains. The upper reaches should be attempted only by experienced paddlers with solid Class III skills. Soon the stream widens and slows down as you head toward the Connecticut River, allowing novice kayakers to do their thing. Good swimming holes and fishing are found at various points all along the West, including Jamaica State Park, about 2Æ miles downriver from the dam.