Beer Kill, W. Branch, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||90 fpm|
|RONDOUT CREEK AT ROSENDALE NY|
|usgs-01367500||11.50 - 16.00 ft||II-IV||01h03m||12.5 ft (running)|
|Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.|
This basically a Class-III run. The only rapid/section that I can think of that might be considered IV is after you pass a lumber yard the creek picks up speed, it goes over a drop of a few feet, then it becomes a fast narrow flume. You'll see this when you are driving up to the take-out. You can scout most of this creek from the road. The other thing of note is I scouted it at high water. Had I had someone to paddle with that day I would have used markers upstream of a every strainer, although at the time there was only two, perhaps three. The reason I would have done this is because this was moving really fast and the eddies were few and micro. At this level it trumped a III. This is really a creek, not a river. It's not very wide at all until you get to the confluence with the Beer Kill, Main Branch.
BTW, for good food stop at Wilson's Deli. It's located on Canal, I guess about 1/4 of a mile up from Route 209, before you get to Greenfield.
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