On June 10 & 11, 2003, a flow study was conducted by American Whitewater with the cooperation of Reliant Energy. Participants included members of the American Whitewater and the Adirondack Mountain Club as well as open boat paddling legend Jim Michaud. The Sacandaga Outdoor Center provided shuttle transportation with their van and trailer. The study revealed two recreational resources: a Class V section containing two park-and-huck waterfalls, and a lower gorge containing good Class III playboating and river running opportunities.
Based on the results of the successful flow study, we were able to negotiate recreational releases on the reach. Each spring a single release is provided and use levels monitored.
The recreation plan defines the release protocol as follows:
“The determination process for the whitewater release dates is outlined in the settlement (section 3.5.1, paragraph 5), and states that after the license is issued, an initial release will occur on the first Wednesday on or after April 15th, and that each subsequent release will alternate between a Saturday and a Wednesday for the term of the new license. Should inflow to the Johnsonville Development fall less that 800 cfs or go above 1,600 cfs, all scheduled flow releases will be postponed for 7 calendar days. This will apply to all additional postponements until the whitewater release event has been completed, or until November 30 of each respective year.”
American Whitewater has restored boater access to the Hoosic River at Schaghticoke through negotiations with Brookfield Renewable, operator of the hydro project. Brookfield had constructed a fence and locked gate that prevented paddlers from accessing the river below the dam. Negotiations with Brookfield over the past year resulted in a resumption of scheduled releases in the spring, and in addition, new procedures for boaters to gain access when natural flows are high enough for boating.
The annual Hoosic River Whitewater Release into the Schaghticoke Gorge will be on Wednesday, April 21, 2008 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. American Whitewater and Adirondack Mountain Club negotiated these releases through a multi-year dam relicensing process. The Hoosic has something for everyone: an impressive Class V upper section featuring a 30 foot falls, and a fun Class III lower section featuring numerous play waves and holes.
It is time once again for the Whitewater Release at Brookfield's Schaghticoke Development on the Hoosic River (Schaghticoke, NY). This year the release will be on the next saturday that sufficient flows occur. American Whitewater negotiated these releases, and we hope that paddlers enjoy them.
The contacts below include staff and volunteers working on this project. Make sure you are logged in if you wish to join the group.
Hoosic River Release On Saturday (NY)
May 3, 2007
2008 Hoosic River Release Scheduled (NY)
April 2, 2008
Hoosic Release on the Way
April 17, 2009
Hoosic River Release April 21st (NY)
April 9, 2010
Hoosic Release Pending Correct Flows
April 14, 2011
Hoosic River (NY) Whitewater Releases Are Back!
April 7, 2017
Hoosic River (NY) Access Restored
December 21, 2017