Moodna Creek, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||50 fpm|
|Max Gradient||90 fpm|
|Ramapo River near Mahwah NJ|
|usgs-01387500||280 - 5000 cfs||II-IV||02h05m||157 cfs (too low)|
|RONDOUT CREEK AT ROSENDALE NY|
|usgs-01367500||10.00 - 11.50 ft||II-IV||02h05m||9.34 ft (too low)|
It's generally a Class 2-3 river at normal levels with the Class 2 warmup upstream of the Rt 32 bridge. At higher flows there may be rapids that are Class 4. The hardest rapid is Hell's Teeth. It has a hole that can get pretty nasty at higher flows.
There are two dams during the run. The first at the Rt 32 bridge you can generally slide over without any problems, but the second is portaged.
There is a hazard of 26 I-beams in the moodna just below the Jaws rapid and under the Old Forge Hill bridge. More details in the rapids description.
The Class 2 section above the Route 32 Bridge is a beautiful stretch of river and where you will see some wildlife.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Beautiful Calm Sections|
|0.0||1st Dam @ Rt 32 Bridge|
|0.0||Approaching Hells Teeth|
|0.1||Jaws and I-Beam Hazard||III|
|0.1||Jaws (under the bridge)|
Slip in at the put in for a slow class 2+ start.
Wonderful quiet section to boat and see wildlife on the banks.
This is the first Dam on the Moodna right where it all starts to get interesting at the Rt 32 bridge. You can scout this during the shuttle on the way to the class 2 putin.
This Dam has some history. Back before 2000 high water pushed the riverbed rubble into a wall and created a pool for some serious low head dam captive hydraulic holes. Steve Strange was in it and my guess it was a bigger water day. Over the last 10 years this rubble wall has slowly been blown out greatly reducing this low head dam effect. Its hard to believe these conditions could exist looking at the way the river bed is today.
Currently this dam can be run at many levels and in many locations but the history here requires respect.
Expect the creek to crank up a full notch into class 3 as it passes under the Rt 32 bridge and breaks to the left.
This is also the Putin for the lower harder section but I like to start it out with the class 2 section above.
As you come up to Hell's Teeth you will see these 10-15 foot tall piers on River Left. Scout on river Left.
This is the signature rapid on the run. Hell's Teeth refer to a set of old Train Piers that cross the river. Only one of the teeth "The Fang" stands typically in the middle of the flow.
The rapid has a long entry with a Left turn just as the flow crashes into the Fang pier. At high flows the lines on the river right side of Fang can lead into stout ledge holes. There are holes on the river left side as well, but regardless of flow, river Left lines are most common.
Depending on the flow you can expect the rapid to be class 3 with screw up rocks pushing you off your strong ferry move to the Left in front of Fang. At higher flows Hells Teeth can easily get kicked up to the class 4 range and at huge flows some seem to think it gets nasty enough to possibly push beyond class 4+.
Don't under estimate the holes to the left and right of Fang.
At moderate flows several river right eddies can be caught before Fang breaking this rapid up.
This distinct horizon line is easy to see. At high flows be very careful not to get too close and risk getting pulled over the dam head. You will want to portage on river Left. As of 3/2008 there is a strainer at the portage putin. Take care.
The character of this low head dam is strange. This dam has a downstream sliding board with a kick up lip at the very bottom.
It has been run at the lowest flows. There are not many boaters around to say they wish they walked a lowhead dam.
This rapid is just upstream of the "Old Forge Road Bridge" and is visible from the bridge. I suggest you look at the rapid before you run. You will come upon this rapid quickly. What is most important is the hazard is only visible at low water and directly under the bridge in the main flow exiting the Jaws rapid. Decide if you want a more shallow river Right line taking the Jaw's Steel out of play.
The Steel is a very significant hazard. 13 pairs of steel I-beams, 26 in all, twisted rusty beams which are jaggedly cut off at different heights. The most upstream beams are deeper underwater and hide better. These pairs of beams can perfectly end to end pin a boat or center pin a boat. A swim could mean swimming through all the beams and any wood trapped within the I-beams. At medium to high water a roll setup at the bottom of Jaws could take the steel to your head or body. If you strike one you will likely get more than just that one in the bargain.
Wide shot under the old forge bridge clearly showing the placement of the I-beams.