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Difficulty II(III)
Length 12.5 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 88 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/08/2016 5:36 pm

River Description

This section is just becoming practically accessible, thanks to recent property acquisitions by New York State. For now this information can be considered less than completely reliable.

This section can be treated as a single run of about 12.5 miles, or as two sections, from Newcomb to slightly downstream of the Goodnow River (7 miles), and from there to the confluence with the Indian River (5.5 miles). The entire stretch is  very remote, and at  modest levels will range from calm to class 2, with short stretches possibly aproaching class 3. Access at the Goodnow River is from the north, by way of a road that is mostly at least 1 mile from the river.  Access to the lower parts of this section is from the south via Chain Lakes Road (same as for the gorge), and perhaps by other roads depending on the final managment plan for the newly acquired lands.

The mileage is based on putting in at a public boat launch on Harris Lake and paddling about 1.25 miles to the Hudson River. Since much of the river will usually be fairly placid the 12.5 miles  will probably feel even longer than the 15 mile Hudson gorge section. The listed take out  is for the first 7 miles. See the directions on the Hudson gorge (Indian River to North Creek) section for info on the take out near the confluence with the Indian.



Eastern Adirondacks Reaches

Ausable, E. Branch                             Ausable, W. Branch (1.)                  Ausable, W. Branch (2.)                     Balm of Gilead Brook 

Boquet (2.)                                         Boquet (3.)                                        Boquet, N. Branch                           Boquet, S. Branch   

Boreas (1.)                                         Branch, The (Boquet trib.)                 Branch, The (Schroon trib.)               Cedar (1.) 

Cedar (2.)                                          Cold                                                   Deer Creek (Hudson Trib.)                Glen Creek

Hague Brook                                     Hudson (0.)                                         Hudson (1. Indian River to North River)             Hudson (2. North River to Riparius)

Hudson (3. Riparius to the Glen)         Indian (Hudson trib.)                         John's Brook                                     La Chute 

Mettawee                                          Mill Creek (Essex County)                    Mill Creek (Hudson trib.)                   North Creek 

Pike Brook                                         Poultney                                            Putnam Creek                                   Raquette (1.) 

Rock River                                         Schroon (North Hudson to Schroon Falls)            Schroon (Starbuckville to Riverbank)     Schroon (Warrensburg to Thurman Station)

Squaw Brook                                      Styles Brook                                     Thirteenth Brook                                Trout brook (Schroon trib)                    

West Mill Brook

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Rapid Descriptions

Long Falls

Class - II Mile - 2
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Ord Falls

Class - II+ Mile - 3
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This one may even be class 3 at higher levels.


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Noah Pollock
1 year ago

There are a couple nice stretches of rapids above Newcomb which are good for shorter trips. First, one can walk up to Henderson Lake, paddle over the dam, and enjoy a short creeky section down a bit past the parking lot. Another option is to put in at the first bridge on the way to Tahawus. Great Class II-III eventually mellows out near Newcomb, but with careful scouting in advance, one can avoid the flatwater by take out near the intersection of the Blue Ridge Road and Rt 28N (43.951457, -74.069597)

Gage Descriptions

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Directions Description

The best put in option appears to be at the Newcomb boat launch on Harris Lake, about 1 mile west of the Hudson itself, and just north of route 28N. To reach the access below the Goodnow River continue west on 28N for about 1.25 miles and take Goodnow Flow Road south (left). After passing the east end of the Goodnow Flowage (just a large lake), stay left on Gooley Club Road and then stay left until reaching a steel bridge over the Hudson. Actual parking location is not known as of yet.

To reach the take out follow 28N west for 25 miles to route 28 at Blue Mountain lake. Turn left (east) on route 28 and go 12.5 miles to left on Chain Lakes Rd. Follow Chain Lakes Road about 3.5 miles to suitable parking.

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1205878 02/18/16 Alex Barham
1206123 04/08/16 Alex Barham Added local info
1202374 07/09/13 Steve McLuckie updated flows, based on report
1202371 07/09/13 Steve McLuckie n/a
1202372 07/09/13 Steve McLuckie esytblished new reach, with preliminary info
1202373 07/09/13 Steve McLuckie minor fixes
1203593 08/01/14 Steve McLuckie corrected typo, added missing text