The Battenkill

The Batten Kill, Battenkill, or Battenkill River is a 59.4-mile-long (95.6 km) river rising in Vermont that flows into New York and is a tributary of the Hudson River.  As “kill” means creek, the name “Battenkill River” is pleonastic. The length of the river in Vermont is approximately 28 miles (45 km). The mouth of the Batten Kill is in Easton, New York, and the source of the river is in East Dorset, Vermont. The river is legendary among fisherman, as it has a prominent trout population. It’s Native American name is either Dionoondehowee or Ondawa. The Shushan Covered Bridge crosses the river within walking distance of the Georgi. The Battenkill Valley is home to the Tour of the Battenkill, the largest road cycling race in North America.

The Batten Kill rises 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 (1.6 km) north of Schuylerville.

Supporting Organizations:

The Tour of the Battenkill
Trout Unlimited
The Battenkill Conservancy
The Battenkill Alliance
The Department of Environmental Conservation