Black - 1. North Lake to Farr Road

Black, New York, US


1. North Lake to Farr Road

Usual Difficulty I-IV (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles

First Big Slide

First Big Slide
Photo by Brian Murphy taken 12/03/11 @ 1200 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04252500 800 - 1600 cfs I-IV 38d22h06m 619 cfs (too low)

River Description

Black River North Lake to Farr Rd.
Description provided by Eric Adsit.
Beta from Dec. 3, 2011 @1050 cfs

We parked in a pull off on the right shortly after a big hill. The Lat/Long Coordinates are in this area:
N 43.49907 W 74.96929

Chris Koll told us that there was a lot of flatwater and a couple rapids that nobody ran the day he paddled it. We opted to hike in rather than putting in at North Lake to avoid a few miles of flatwater and bring us straight to the action. Even with the abridged version, there’s plenty of flatwater to start this section. I enjoyed it though, it felt very remote and scenic.

The rapids gradually build from class II and climax with a series of ledges and pourovers that lead in to the big slide. You can recognize this area by your first significant horizon line and an island. We took the right channel over a series of ledges, slides, and decent holes. If you have trouble boat scouting and catching eddies in class IV, take out here on the island to scout or river right to portage. The woods may be dense for a few yards, but it will soon open up to bedrock slabs.

After a short (but FUN!) stretch of class IV you are faced with a big horizon line at the downstream end of the island. There are several small eddies on the right and left above the drop, so take the opportunity to scout. Portaging will be easiest on the right. At our flows, the line was straightforward with a medium sized hole at the bottom that posed no problem. Take a look for yourself, but keep in mind that the hole is backed up by a large rock ledge and the right may be slightly undercut.

There is a large pool at the bottom to recover in, and a great boulder garden just afterwards. At our flows there were a few pin rocks, but more water would improve this.

Relatively easy rapids followed until the Farr Rd. Bridge.



Tug Hill - Old Forge Area Reaches

Beaver (1. Moshier)                               Beaver (2. Eagle)                                 Beaver (3. Taylorville)

Black (1.)                                                Black (2.)                                             Black (3.)

Black (4.)                                                Black (5.)                                             Black, S. Branch

Cincinnati Creek                                     Crystal Creek                                       Deer River (Section 1)

Deer River (Section 2)                        Fish Creek, E. Branch                          Independence River (1. Upper) 

Independence River (2. Main)               Indian (S.Br. Moose trib.)                     Little Black Creek

Little Woodhull Creek                             Mad River                                           Mill Creek 

Mohawk (1.)                                           Moose (1. Middle)                                Moose (2. Lower) 

Moose (3. Bottom)                                 Moose, Middle Branch                          Moose, S. Branch (1.)  

Moose, S. Branch (2.)                            Negro Brook                                       Otter Creek  

Roaring Brook (Brokeback Gorge)    West Canada Creek (1.)                      West Canada Creek (2. Ohio Gorge) 

West Canada Creek, S. Branch                Woodhull Creek (Upper)                     Woodhull Creek (Middle) 

Woodhull Creek (Miracle Mile)


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