Difficulty II-IV
Length 11.9 Miles
Flow Range 1560 - 5660 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 158 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/06/2019 7:08 pm

River Description

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 

Twentymile Creek


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Rapid Descriptions

Otto Putin

Class - Mile - -6.3
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Park on the hill above the reach. Ask permission if you wish to cross any landowner's property to access the stream.


Class - Mile - 0
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Take Skinner Hollow Rd. east of Broadway (CR 438). Have your papers in place if you want to access the river here!

First Ledge

Class - II+ Mile - 0.49
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Boof center-right.

Catt Falls

Class - IV Mile - 2.65
The standard info is that these Falls appear directly after the sixth left turn. Keep count, and be ready to catch an eddy as soon as you hear the Falls approaching. River Right is usually unrunnable. The normal line is center-left, with an auto-boof. Scout and/or portage on River Left; River Right has a sheer cliff.


Class - IV Mile - 2.7
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The whole river channels through a 6-foot slot. At low levels, it can get pinny for kayaks--but not necessarily for open boats.

Lower Putin

Class - Mile - 5.44
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This putin, used by those who don't want to run the Upper section and by those who were denied access at Skinner Hollow Rd., is at the end of Forty Rd. Off Broadway (County Rte. 4) south of Gowanda, take Point Peter Rd. to get to Forty Rd.


Class - III Mile - 6.79
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Just after the Main Branch comes in from the right is a quarter-mile rapid with waves and holes and everything. Surf yer fool braims owt.

Under the Bridge

Class - Mile - 11.92
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Under Aldrich St., accessible from Water St., is a good takeout. Stay away from the mud flats, though, or your brand-new Jeep might get stuck.


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9 years ago

For those of you confused, as I was, the South Branch of the Cattaraugus is known as Forties (40's)... I have also never known Catt Falls by that name. Looking back at my teenage years when we used to hike the mile up from the Zoar parking lot to the Falls, I never remember seeing enough water on that slide (shown in the picture), but I am sure with enough water, that section would be sick. Has anyone taken the line down the falls on river left (where all the kids jump off the 15 ft ledge between the center rock and the shore?

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Jonathan Janicki
11 years ago

I ran the South Branch back in April just above the 3.5 feet minimum. I think it was 3.7 and it was definatly worth it. The gauge on the main branch seems to be very accurate for the South Branch. This is a beautiful run if you can catch it while it's up! I highly reccomend it and The Falls is a hoot, very easy but very thrilling!

Gage Descriptions

Don Cochran relates:
"The min. level is 3.5 ft. and the Falls is runnable at many levels below 6.5 ft. with scouting."

Directions Description

If you aren't a member of the Zoar Valley or F.L.O.W. club, you'll have to put in in Otto. Click here for that shuttle map.

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Moose River Video

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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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1195209 05/31/09 Matt Muir Abstract; fixed lynx; updated gauge levels.
1213197 07/06/19 Alex Barham updated image position
1191071 07/11/08 Matt Muir n/a
1201115 03/09/12 Matt Muir Fixed link to ZVPC.
1206618 06/09/16 Alex Barham Added local info