This section is great for beginner kayakers or open boat paddles to be able to get use to moving water. After the North Branch joins the Middle the fun begins. All the way down to Russell is nice class II choppy rapids. With only one real rapid that can easily be naviagated, this section is a great start before paddling the other sections of the Grass.
Canton - Cranberry Lake Area Reaches
Boland Creek Elm Creek
Grass (1. Lampsons Falls to Downerville) Grass (2. Downerville to Russell)
Grass (3. Morley to Massena) Grass (4.Woods Bridge Road to Route 47)
Grass, Middle Branch Grass, North Branch
Grass, Upper South Branch Grass, Lower South Branch (Twin Falls)
Oswegatchie, E. Branch (2.) Oswegatchie, E. Branch (3.)
Oswegatchie, W. Branch Plumb Brook
Google Map of New York Whitewater
New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group
Season: April and May are generally the best months for the Grass, but Oct and Nov also offer windows of boatable flows following three or four days of good rain.
Flows: The USGS gauge on the Oswegatchie in Harrisville provides an "approximation". If Harrisville guage is dropping add 150 cfs to the flows above.
Below 600cfs - You will scrape in numerous areas, however is still runnable.
The upper runnable level is not a definite as the river will have larger wave trains as the level increases. But caution should be taken as flipping may result in a longer swim.
Permits are not required for this reach.
To the put in- On Route 24 just north of the town of Russell boaters will see a NY state sign for Downerville, a no-longer existent town at the confluence of the N. branch of the Grasse with the Main branch. Coming from Russell, turn right (SE) onto dirt/gravel Donnerville road, this is just before a Transportation facility center, Continue on Donnerville road until you see an old cemetary on left, take the next right. Follow along the beaver pond, staying right at the fork then downhill to confluence. It is about a mile and a half from main road to take-out.
The road is shown on the map is in the wrong spot and is actually above the confluence of the north and main branches not below.
To the take-out- The take out is a small park (with a couple of picnic tables) on the River right side as County route 24 crosses over in the town of Russell
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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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