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Difficulty III
Length 6.5 Miles
Gauge AUSABLE RIVER NEAR AU SABLE FORKS NY
Flow Range 4.50 - 7.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 44 minutes ago 1.74 [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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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.

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

1/3/2020
Bob Nasdor

Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.




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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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1195180 05/30/09 Matt Muir Sorting by section.
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