Canaseraga Creek is known by few, but it is one of the finest whitewater creeks in Western New York. It is a seasonal class IV-V creek south of Rochester that drops a whopping 230 feet over 1.5 miles. Most of this altitude loss occurs over a series of nine stair-step waterfalls that range in total height from 10 feet to 40 feet.
The "meat" of Canaseraga Creek occurs in the first 1.5 miles, deep in the Poags Hole canyon. The creek drops 230 feet over a series of nine stair-step waterfall drops.
The creek has a relatively small watershed, meaning that the window of paddling opportunity is also relatively narrow. It floods periodically during the spring, and the highest recorded flood peak was 11,000 cfs on June 22, 1972. Two inexperienced paddlers lost their lives on Canaseraga Creek in separate incidents in 1999 when they washed into strainers.
Finger Lakes Area Runs
Bowman Creek Cascadilla Creek Canandaigua Outlet
Canaseraga Creek Canisteo Cayuga Lake Hole
Cayuta Creek Conesus Creek Fall Creek (1.)
Fall Creek (2.) Fall Creek (3.) Great Gully Creek
Honeoye Creek Irondequoit Creek Keshequa Creek
Keuka Outlet Lock 32 Whitewater Course Owasco River (Outlet)
Salmon Creek Sixmile Creek Sugar Creek
Taughannock Creek (1.) Taughannock Creek (2.) Trumansburg Creek
Western New York Area Reaches
Beaver Meadow Creek Canadaway Creek (1.) Canadaway Creek (2.)
Canaseraga Creek Cattaraugus Creek Cattaraugus Creek, S. Branch
Cazenovia Creek, W. Branch (1.) Cazenovia Creek, W. Branch (2.) Chautauqua Creek
Clear Creek, N. Br. Conesus Creek Eighteenmile Creek
Eighteenmile Creek, S. Br. Ellicott Creek Genesee (Letchworth)
Honeoye Creek Keshequa Creek Little Chautauqua Creek
Murder Creek Niagara Oak Orchard Creek
Oatka Creek Rushford Lake Outlet Sugar Creek
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Approach to the Mill Drop
An overview of the Mill Drop
The Cascades of 7th, 8th & 9th Falls
Get Out and Portage
Room of Doom Sieve
Double Drop of Sixth Falls
Second Thoughts at Second Falls
Perry Road Bridge
Mill Falls (Class 5)
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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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