This is a concrete channel with the outflow from a coal-fired power plant. When the lake is low (typically Nov-Apr), the flow forms a pourover hole; it washes out when the lake is higher.
This hole has at least two characteristics that make it worth playing:
1) Sometimes it's in when nothing else is running; and
b) Because of the power plant, the water is often warm.
This little playwave is good for beginners to work with strong eddy lines, and it's playable for more advanced paddlers who aren't afraid to do a little work to stay in it--it's flushy.(Info shamelessly copied from the FLOW Massage Board.)
Check it out in this video (courtesy of "TheWoodyworker" and YouTube):
Additional Video at: FLOW website
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You park next to the train tracks and carry the boat between the fences to a put-in down a steep shale slope. Or you can walk all the way to the outlet and put in at the big rocks.
Went in June and the lake level was too high for surfing (383ft)
Current lake levels here:
Looks like the minimum level is around 378 ft in January, February, and March.
Next time someone goes, take note of the lake level that day and the surfing quality? Maybe we can start to get a sense of what lake levels are good for this thing?
NOAA provides info on lake levels. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a way to bring that info into our normal gauge linking. We have embedded the gauge graph below. Or you can check this NOAA link for the lake levels, and click "Tabular Data" to see some historic and forecast values for the next few days. This typically only runs November through April, when the lake level has been drawn down.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Just North of Ithaca off 34B, on Milliken Road.
There is a big sign for AES, stay left at the fork (the right fork is signed "no access"). It is County Road 156 on Google maps. Park on the Southeast side of the railroad crossing.
The approach from shore
There are some strong eddies along the side!
Josh gettin' his surf on
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