Canaseraga Creek, New York, US
Canaseraga to Dansville
||IV-V (for normal flows)
Mill Falls (Class 5)
Mill Falls (Class 5)Photo by Harry A. Marinakis, M.D.
Updated June 7, 2001
Canaseraga Creek is known by few, but it is one of the finest whitewater creeks in Western New
York. It is a seasonal class IV-V creek south of Rochester that drops a whopping 230 feet over
1.5 miles. Most of this altitude loss occurs over a series of nine stair-step waterfalls that
range in total height from 10 feet to 40 feet.
The "meat" of Canaseraga Creek occurs in the first 1.5 miles, deep in the Poags Hole
canyon. The creek drops 230 feet over a series of nine stair-step waterfall drops.
The creek has a relatively small watershed, meaning that the window of paddling opportunity is
also relatively narrow. It floods periodically during the spring, and the highest recorded flood
peak was 11,000 cfs on June 22, 1972. Two inexperienced paddlers lost their lives on Canaseraga
Creek in separate incidents in 1999 when they washed into strainers.
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Last Updated: 2012-02-02 08:24:42