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Saxtons River Summary

The length of the mainstem is 20 miles and drains a watershed that is 78 square miles with a total drop of approximately 1,800 feet. The dominant land cover type in the Saxtons River, covering approximately 82% of the watershed is deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests. The remaining land cover is comprised of: surface water (8%), transportation uses (4%), agricultural activities (3%), wetlands (<2%), and developed land not including transportation uses (1%).

Only two swimming holes have been identified within the watershed; they are: Saxtons River Falls and Twin Falls . Only one boating reach from Grafton to Saxtons River (an 8-mile stretch) has been identified of importance to local kayakers and experienced open boat paddlers. It is classified as Class II whitewater. In the Saxtons River watershed there are 4 occurrences of plant species, two occurrences of bird species, and two significant natural communities of statewide importance. The natural communities are a river cobble shore and a sugar maple-ostrich fern riverine floodplain forest.

The upper mainstem of the Saxtons River watershed supports healthy populations of wild brook trout and, in some cases, wild brown trout. However, due to high summer water temperatures the trout populations are limited in the lower mainstem Saxtons River watershed. Atlantic salmon populations are thriving through the entire watershed because of their higher tolerance for warm water temperatures. Twin Falls on the lower Saxtons River is a barrier to upstream salmon migration at most flows; however, it presents no problem to out migrating smolts.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 October 2007 )
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