Esopus Creek, New York, US
2) Allaben Portal to Phoenicia
||II-III (for normal flows)
DEC WavePhoto by Fantumboater taken 09/15/05 @ 600 cfs
The portal in Allaben is where water from the Schoharie Reservoir is piped into the Esopus to
transport to the Ashokan Reservoir. About 1/2 mile down from this put-in is a left-hand turn with
many trees along the right bank. These trees claimed the life of a private tuber and a kayaker
in the summer of 2002. They are easily avoidable but one must be aware of this danger.
The tubing companies and most locals put in at the fishing access near the cemetary that one passes
on the way to the portal. From the cemetary access you get right into the first playspot called
"Cartwheel Hole" which is a double squirtline separated by a large boulder in the center of the
river. Mystery moves have been gotten here by squirt boaters between 5.5 and 6 ft.
From here it's more of a technical class II+ with some surf-on-the-fly waves and squirt-lines
always different depending on levels.
At the junction of the woodland valley stream is the class III "Tenderizer" hole (rarely playable
but fun to try), the railroad wave (class II surf), and then Railroad Rapid (III) which is the site
of the slalom races held here. Many boaters get out here, about 3 miles down from the portal. The
next significant rapids occur as you enter Phoenecia.
After the Phoenecia bridge, the third bridge from the put-in, is Elmer's Bend, a class III+ rapid
with many different characteristics depending in the level. If you scout on the fly I recommend
going right of the predominant boulder in the center, and then either left to right thru the rock
garden or straight thru river right and over a little drop. This drop-route is better at higher
levels. There is a take-out a little ways below Elmer's, or continue on to the parking area on Rte.
28 near the Catskill Corners Kaleidoscope. Some boaters, especially canoists, may opt to continue
another 5 miles to Boiceville although there are considerably more flat sections.
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Last Updated: 2010-05-16 15:35:40