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Difficulty III
Length 6.5 Miles
Flow Range 4.50 - 7.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 1.51 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/08/2016 5:27 pm

River Description

This is the upper reach of the AuSable, generally fed by snowmelt from the mountains. As such, it generally only runs in the spring or after very heavy rains.
This section is a remote and pretty paddle, with nice scenery. There are no trails near the river; a walk out through the dense balsam is difficult.
The stream is narrow, good maneuvering skills are a must for an enjoyable day. A smaller boat is helpful. There are many beaver-generated strainers. (At levels above 5 feet on the take-out gauge, these strainers become mobile.) The main characterisics of this stream are created by boulders and beavers. The eddies are small, few, and difficult to catch making this is a great natural slalom run. There are a few small surf waves if you can catch them. A private ranch with two small bridges over the river is about half way; please respect their privacy. State land is generally along river left with some private land on river right.
Guidebook: Adirondack Canoe Waters, North Flow. by P. Jamieson and D. Morris, published by the Adirondack Mountain Club.
Note: Any beginners should be comfortable on the Indian and Hudson before running this narrow stream.



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


Gage Descriptions

The gauge is on the main stem, a number of miles downstream, after the East Branch has merged. However, it is the best on-line indicator available.
There is a local gaage painted on the take-out bridge abutment. Standing on river right, upstream side of the bridge, look to the center abutment. This gauge should be between 3-6 feet.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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1195180 05/30/09 Matt Muir Sorting by section.
1195187 05/30/09 Matt Muir Fixed lynx; added abstract.
1195188 04/08/16 Alex Barham Added local info
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