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Difficulty I-III(IV)
Length 7 Miles
Gauge INDEPENDENCE RIVER AT DONNATTSBURG NY
Flow Range 375 - 900 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 28.3 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/26/2020 1:17 pm

River Description


This is  a very scenic stretch of whitewater punctuated with a few drops which are more challenging.

The first mile is moving Class 1-2. This builds to consistant class 2-3. This becomes continuous with few breaks and large eddies. When you get to the bridge you'll want to take a break, it will be continuous again until just above the takeout.

This would be a solid choice for when the Middle Moose is too high, as an intro to rock garden creeking, or as an intermediate step from the Middle Moose/Salmon/Fish Creek/Hudson to the Lower Moose.

Add this to the more commonly run lower section to make a full day.

 

A Class 5 gorge is located well upstream of this section. It is a 3 mile hike in from the end of Beach Mill road. The beta is that it is committed with 7 drops. The first drop is the biggest, and at low water it has undercuts. Last run in 2015 at 800cfs. If you explore please post photos and a description.

 

 

Tug Hill - Old Forge Area Reaches

Beaver (1. Moshier)                               Beaver (2. Eagle)                                 Beaver (3. Taylorville)

Black (1.)                                                Black (2.)                                             Black (3.)

Black (4.)                                                Black (5.)                                             Black, S. Branch

Cincinnati Creek                                     Crystal Creek                                       Deer River (Section 1)

Deer River (Section 2)                        Fish Creek, E. Branch                          Independence River (1. Upper) 

Independence River (2. Main)               Indian (S.Br. Moose trib.)                     Little Black Creek

Little Woodhull Creek                             Mad River                                           Mill Creek 

Mohawk (1.)                                           Moose (1. Middle)                                Moose (2. Lower) 

Moose (3. Bottom)                                 Moose, Middle Branch                          Moose, S. Branch (1.)  

Moose, S. Branch (2.)                            Negro Brook                                       Otter Creek  

Roaring Brook (Brokeback Gorge)    West Canada Creek (1.)                      West Canada Creek (2. Ohio Gorge) 

West Canada Creek, S. Branch                Woodhull Creek (Upper)                     Woodhull Creek (Middle) 

Woodhull Creek (Miracle Mile)

 

Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group

 

 

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Directions Description


From Pine Grove Road take Bradish Road. Continue onto Austin and cross the 4 way intersection onto Donnattsburgh Road. Take out at the blocked bridge.

To get to the put in backtrack to the intersection and turn right. Continue on Georgehill Road until the end. Turn right onto Chase Lake Road and continue straight until it evenutally becomes Bailey. Stay right at the fork to stay on Bailey. Put in at the bridge on Bailey.

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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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Allie Burhans

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