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Difficulty III
Length 0 Miles
Gauge Cayuga Lake at Ithaca
Flow Range 379.00 - 382.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 382.53 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/07/2016 6:36 pm

River Description

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



Finger Lakes Area Runs


Bowman Creek                        Cascadilla Creek                  Canandaigua Outlet 

Canaseraga Creek                  Canisteo                               Cayuga Lake Hole 

Cayuta Creek                          Conesus Creek                     Fall Creek (1.) 

Fall Creek (2.)                         Fall Creek (3.)                       Great Gully Creek 

Honeoye Creek                       Irondequoit Creek                 Keshequa Creek 

Keuka Outlet                         Lock 32 Whitewater Course    Owasco River (Outlet) 

Salmon Creek                         Sixmile Creek                         Sugar Creek 

Taughannock Creek (1.)         Taughannock Creek (2.)         Trumansburg Creek 

Vanbuskirk Gulf


Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group


Rapid Descriptions


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angela baldo
9 years ago

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.,72020,1,1956-08-15,2009-09-30&format=html_table&stat_cds=min_va&date_format=YYYY-MM-DD&rdb_compression=file&submitted_form=parameter_selection_list 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?

Gage Descriptions

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.

Directions Description

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.

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Moose River Video

Mark Singleton

2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers!  View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.


Matt Muir




Alex Barham


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1197867 06/25/10 Matt Muir n/a
1197868 06/25/10 Matt Muir Added info to new reach.
1197869 06/25/10 Matt Muir Activated auto-directions.
1199102 01/07/11 Rob Embed YouTube Video and NOAA graph for lake level.
1206583 06/07/16 Alex Barham Added local info
1199546 03/07/11 Matt Muir Added sig photo.
1206589 06/07/16 Alex Barham Added local info