Note: The minimum flow listed is a guess. We ran this reach at 3.0, and it seemed that the flow could be less and still be runnable. If anyone with experience on this section would like to comment on minimum and maximum recommended levels, please let me know.
Start at Monument Falls. First 2 miles has a number of distinct rapids, Class III or easier, with easy sections in between.
As you approach 'the notch', the river constricts through a small opening with rock walls on either side. Just past the notch, there is a sustained rapid of 0.3 miles with ledges and pour-over holes. This entire section can be scouted from the road. There is disagreement over the difficulty of this section, I have heard everything from Class III/IV to V from various reputable sources. Consensus is IV+.
After this section, rapids continue to High Falls gorge, but nothing harder than II+ is encountered.Take out when you see the footbridge over the river; this marks the start of High Falls gorge.
Guidebook: Adirondack Canoe Waters, North Flow, by Paul Jamieson and Don Morris, published by the Adirondack Mt. Club.
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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Be careful with the take out at High Falls. The folks here are extremely unfriendly and do not like boaters parking on their property. An alternative take out is about a quarter mile upstream where there is a small pull off. Unfortunately, you have to drag your boat a little ways...
Years ago a friend and I ran the Notch section and we rated it as Cl IV at that level. Fun, boney low volume boulder hopping with several boofs. Once you're in the section it is fun to run it by boat scouting and trying to remember where you're at when (if) you scouted it from 86.
Gauge is located downstream after the E. Branch merges in. However, this is the best on-line source available.
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