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.
Catskills Area Reaches
Basic Creek Batavia Kill Bear Kill
Beaver Kill (Delaware Trib) Beaver Kill (Hudson Trib) Beer Kill
Beer Kill, W. Branch Bowery Creek Bush Kill
Callicoon Creek, E. Branch Callicoon Creek, N. Branch Catskill Creek (1.)
Catskill Creek (2.) Catskill Creek (4.) Claverack Creek
Coxing Kill Delaware Delaware, E. Branch
Delaware, W. Branch Little Delaware Dry Brook
East Kill Esopus Creek (1) Esopus Creek (2)
Esopus Creek (3) Esopus Creek (4) Esopus Creek (5)
Hannacrois Creek Kaaterskill Creek (1.) Kaaterskill Creek (2.)
Kinderhook Creek (3.) Kiskatom Creek Mombaccus Creek
Mill Brook Neversink (1.) Neversink, E. Branch
Neversink, W. Branch Peters Kill Platte Kill
Plattekill Creek Potic Creek Roeliff Jansen Kill (1)
Roeliff Jansen Kill (2) Rochester Creek Rondout Creek (1)
Rondout Creek (2) Rondout Creek (3) Sandburg Creek
Saw Kill (1) Saw Kill (2) Saw Kill (3)
Schoharie Creek (1.) Schoharie Creek (2.) Shingle Kill Creek
Squirmer Creek Stony Clove Creek Ten Mile Creek
Thorp Creek Tremper Kill Wallkill
West Kill Woodland Creek Vly Creek
Downstate New York Area Reaches
Beer Kill Beer Kill, W. Branch
Callicoon Creek, E. Branch Callicoon Creek, N. Branch
Coxing Kill Croton
Delaware (1.) Delaware (2. Mongaup Wave)
Delaware (3.) Fishkill Creek
Mombaccus Creek Mongaup
Moodna Creek Neversink (1.)
Neversink (2.) Neversink, E. Branch
Peters Kill Pocantico
Popolopen Brook Ramapo
Rochester Creek Rondout Creek (1.)
Rondout Creek (2.) Rondout Creek (3.)
Sandburg Creek Stony Brook (1.)
Stony Brook (2.) Wallkill
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is at least 11.5, this might be running. It seems you want to get there the same day as the rain. Usaully by the next day it's too low unless it was a lot of rain. It's more likely to come up to an acceptable level than the
and seems to hold water better. On another note, I've been told it doesn't come up has well or stay up as long as the Main Branch.
Permits are not required for this reach.
From 209, follow 52 upstream, then bear left onto Greenfield. If I remember right, there're several starting options due to a few fisherman's parking lots. Be aware though, I once ended up on a road other than 52, and was able to turn left onto a short road to get back on 52, but it's a real blind spot there. Also, it's easy to miss that "bear left" onto Greenfield, so don't drive too fast and be attentive. Take Out: it seems you can park at a bridge upstream of 209 or find a spot near 209.
Additionally, looking downstream from the 209 bridge, the river looks like a fun ride. Pretty much a straight shot down a long wave train. You can go as far as the Rondout which, from what I've seen, is flat. However, there may be some nice take-out options before you get to the Rondout or maybe just a little downstream on the Rondout. I'll update this next time I get a chance to check it out.
flume from bridge
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