At the northwest corner of Waterfall Court Apartments.About a 4 foot drop easily portaged on left. Run center right boofing into pool or if right side is clear of wood there's a slide to the right of the boof that pushes you to rocks and often wood on the right side. Scouting is better from right atop the concrete structure to get you a good view to line up where to go over the drop but the portage on right is lots worse. Scouting from left (or during the shuttle) gives you a great view to check for wood.Normal line is near (river) right at right side of ripples above drop, boofing off the lip. At normal levels and done right it's a cushy landing. At higher levels you're into the rapids below really quick.At higher levels there's a scrapy and often woody sneak on left.
This is the killer. At high water this recircs on the side. 1500 cfs killed kamikaze ken (see https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Accident/detail/accidentid/107 ) and having seen it at 1300 i can see why. Eddy line is 15'+ out and sides recirc with more power then you could paddle out of.
Hard to miss but since you really don't want to miss it, scout on the shuttle by parking nearby and walking over to the bridge and/or from the public river walk on (river) right/south side.
On the river after Waterfall court you go under the railroad bridge and then retaining walls start.
About 40' above the dam on (river) right is an ok pullout and eddy with a scramble up to a fence. Open the broken gate, be nice to the dog walkers, carefully put the broken gate back in place. Put in on either side, either dropping down the steep slope on river left or carrying to the upstream side of the body shop on right, lifting over the jersey barrier and launching from the scrapy rocks or, at all but the lowest levels, you can seal launch off the bridge abutment on river right without hitting bottom.
At low water drop is boofable. Obviously you're going to one side and on the far right there's a ledge under the water that sticks out about a foot from the wall. Far left has held big wood for ages. But if in doubt, walk. This really is a killer and, even done right, there's nothing thrilling about this except possibly the thrill of terror as you get sucked back into the recirc at even low levels. (Yours truly was too far left in a playboat at less than 300 cfs and got sucked back in, flipped, caught the green water below while upside down with the paddle and pulled himself out).
There's also no good way to set up safety as the fence on river left is to high, the bridge is too far away and too high. The abutment under the bridge is close enough when running river left, but if the first throw misses and they get sucked towards the middle... It should go without saying that if you have any doubts walk it. It's an easier portage then it looks. And if you have any doubts about hitting the eddy above the dam and getting out, the car portage from waterfall court to the 2nd street dam is a nice option, bypassing the ugliest stretch of this river. this dam or even to the next one at 2nd street.
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Pequannock @Newfoundland (Rte 513) to Alt Rt 511, Pompton Lakes
main street lowhead dam looking upstream from bridge
Waterfall court dam
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