Moose - 2. Lower: Rock Island to Fowlersville


Moose, New York, US

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2. Lower: Rock Island to Fowlersville

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 9 Miles

Mixmaster


Mixmaster
Photo by Adrian VandenBout taken 10/09/05 @ 4.4'

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
MOOSE RIVER AT MCKEEVER NY
usgs-04254500 3.40 - 10.00 ft III-IV 04h05m 4.86 ft (running)
This is a rough approximation of the medium level. We know that it gets significantly pushier somewhere between 4 and 5 feet.


River Description

Logistics:
See the Lower Moose Map. The normal putin is at Rock Island, off Moose River Road, about three miles West of Rte. 28. The takeout is at Fowlerville Road, the normal putin for the Bottom Moose. To get to the takeout from the putin, continue West on Moose River Road for about 4 miles.
Bear Right at Porter's Corners, staying on Moose River Road.
After another 2.5 miles, take a Right onto North South Road.
At the T intersection, hang Left onto Penny Settlement Road.
After a short drive, take your first Right onto Fowlerville Road. The river's about a mile and a half along Fowlerville. Park before the river, on the left or the right. (There's a good sandy parking area on the left.)

See also the Google Directions from Utica.

Those wishing to run the class-4 section usually put in at Rock Island. Those wishing to run the class-3 section (Middle Moose) usually take out at Rock Island: Longitude - 75, 09, 27 and Latitude 43, 36, 01.

See also the Middle Moose, Class III, and Bottom Moose, Class V.

Latitute/Longitude coordinates verified by GPS.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-11-16 22:39:11

Editors


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Rock Island PutinPutin
0.7Iron Bridge
1.1TanneryIII+Photo
2.5Rooster TailIII+
4.7Froth HoleIII+Photo
8.7MixmasterIVPhoto
9.1Elevator ShaftIII+Photo
10.2Fowlerville RoadTakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Tannery (Class III+, Mile 1.1)

Tannery Rapid

Tannery Rapid
Photo by Adrian VandenBout taken 10/09/05 @ 4.4'


Rooster Tail (Class III+, Mile 2.5)
After a long series of ledges and holes is a twisting, 6-foot drop on the right. Scout from river left.

Froth Hole (Class III+, Mile 4.7)

Kurt looks back at Froth Hole

Kurt looks back at Froth Hole
Photo of Kurt Fisk by Adrian VandenBout taken 10/09/05 @ 4.4'


Mixmaster (Class IV, Mile 8.7)

Mixmaster

Mixmaster
Photo by Adrian VandenBout taken 10/09/05 @ 4.4'


Elevator Shaft (Class III+, Mile 9.1)

Elevator Shaft

Elevator Shaft
Photo of Hans Merritt by Adrian VandenBout taken 10/09/05 @ 4.4'


Fowlerville Road
Take out here, at the road--or run Fowlersville Falls for a good capper to a good day!


User Comments


2011-10-18 05:15:58 (919 days ago)
Mark MyersDetails
I have very sad news to share, a gentleman we paddled with today (we only knew him as Bill) lost
his life on the Iron Bridge rapid this afternoon. Two young kayakers pulled him from the hole and
performed CPR for almost 20 minutes until help finally arrived. It was truly a heroic effort,
unfortunately in vain. Please say a prayer for Bill and his family.
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10-18-11 Official cause of death has been listed as a cervical fracture. AW Public Accident report
has been uploaded.

2008-09-24 04:20:29 (2038 days ago)
x (1)
Just wanted to thank you for the pictures of the Moose in fowlerville, Iam in west virgina now, but
our camp is in fowlerville name after my familey who live there, my name is Pat Fowler. I have
wacth the folks running the whitewaters of Moose river.
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