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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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?
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!
Don Cochran relates:
"The min. level is 3.5 ft. and the Falls is runnable at many levels below 6.5 ft. with scouting."
Permits are not required for this reach.
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.
Hans makes his line
single file (almost)
narrow section (Corkscrew rapid)
Hans makes his run
typical SB Catt scenery
South Branch Catt (NY) Map
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