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Difficulty I-IV+(V)
Length 0 Miles
Gauge HUDSON RIVER ABOVE LOCK 1 NEAR WATERFORD NY
Flow Range 14000 - 100000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 20 minutes ago 7630 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/21/2016 3:31 pm

River Description


This dam channels the entire Hudson through a narrow bottle-neck. During the winter the dam gates are left open to allow ice to pass while during the canal season the gates are closed and a large low-head dam handles normal flows.

When the Hudson River is in flood stage the gates at the Lock 2 dam are opened to spill the overflow.  This forms a number of BIG water waves.  Multiple waves are formed as reactionaries from the massive hydraulics formed by the spilling water, however the best wave forms from the river left- most gate. This is where luck comes in to the equation. Depending on which locks are open and the pool height massive waves will form.

This is a big water playspot so expect the eddy lines to tough to punch, and the water to be very pushy when ferrying. Whirlpools can even form which will momentarily suck a playboat under on the eddy lines. Everything deposits into a pool, so this could be used for big water training.

The dam is completely open all winter and can have great low water play. Mid-May the gates will close in preparation for the canal system season and then the big waves are primed to come in.

 

WARNING: Be extremely cautious of the top of the eddies where they meet the water passing under the dam gates. 

To find out which gates are open you can call the lock operator at (518) 237-8566, just don't tell them why you are asking.  The best waves come in on the furthest and closest gates.

 

 

 

Capital Region Area Reaches

Basic Creek                                    Batten Kill                                         Claverack Creek 

Cobleskill Creek                             Fox Creek                                         Hannacrois Creek 

Hoosic                                            Hudson (Lock 2)                               Kinderhook Creek  (1.) 

Kinderhook Creek  (2.)                   Kinderhook Creek  (3.)                      Kline Kill 

Normans Kill (1.)                            Normans Kill (2.)                                North Chuctanunda Creek 

Mohawk (Upper Cohoes Wave)     Mohawk (Cohoes Wave)                   Poesten Kill (0.) 

Poesten Kill (1.)                             Poesten Kill (2.)                                 Quacken Kill  

Schoharie Creek                            Stony Kill                                           Wyant's Kill 

 

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Class - IV Mile - 0

This is a class IV feature, becuase of the length of a swim, and the possibility of being recirculated into a hydraulic.

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

1/3/2020
Bob Nasdor

Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.




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Moose River Video

1/18/2011
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.

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