Canaseraga Creek, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||52 fpm|
|Max Gradient||153 fpm|
|CANASERAGA CREEK ABOVE DANSVILLE NY|
|usgs-04224775||600 - 1500 cfs||IV-V||02h30m||9.2 cfs (too low)|
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.
Finger Lakes Area Runs
Western New York Area Reaches
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