Put in on river-right just below the dam in Wilmington. Starts with continuous solid class II for 2 miles to the Haselton Rd. bridge. Below the bridge, rapids become easier over the next mile, eventually easing to quickwater. After a couple of miles of quickwater paddling, rapids start to pick up again, getting increasingly difficult up to Class III. Rapids end abruptly at a flatwater with high rock walls on either side. This 200 yard flatwater ends at a 35 ft. dam - carry on the right. The take out is right up against the wall next to the dam and carry up a V shaped slot. Just below the dam is a short (200 yard) section of class III+ water, followed by another mile of class III and II/III water to the junction with the East branch in Ausable Forks. Take out at the river junction in a town park on the right.
This section of the river is a very pretty paddle. Most of the river is away from roads and civilization until the last mile. A few hunting camps can be seen, but few other signs of civilization.
Update (Nov. 8, 2018) - The dam has been removed. A nasty hole can form here. Be sure to stop and scout.
The river runs in the spring and after heavy rains.
Plattsburgh Area Reaches
Ausable (Ausable Chasm) Ausable, E. Branch
Ausable, W. Branch (4. High Falls Gorge) Ausable, W. Branch (5. The Flume)
Ausable, W. Branch (Section 6) Black Brook
Boquet, S. Branch Boquet, N. Branch
Chateaugay Great Chazy (Chazy Lake to Miner Lake)
Great Chazy (Miner Lake to Mooers) Great Chazy, North Branch
Little Black Brook Little Trout
Salmon (Lake Champlain) Saranac (Permanent Rapids)
Saranac (1. Union Falls to Silver Lake Road) Saranac (2. Silver Lake Road to Redford)
Saranac (3. High Falls Gorge) Saranac (Sec. 4)
Google Map of New York Whitewater
New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group
Just ran this section at about 3.50 feet, great fun- be careful at the 35ft dam carry. The "V" shaped slot is not exactly canoe friendly. In addition, at the top of the slot is a huge patch of poison ivy. Putting back in after the dam is also extremely difficult, as the river narrows quite a bit. The only way down is buy walking down two old ladders. yikes... I opted to take out and walk to my car in Ausable Forks.
Gauge is on the main stem, just below the junction of the East and West branches, and just below the take out. Therefore, it is a good indicator of river level. Realize, however, that this river rises and falls very quickly!
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