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Difficulty II-V
Length 8 Miles
Gauge HUDSON RIVER AT NORTH CREEK NY
Flow Range 5.00 - 9.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 5.69 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/08/2016 5:33 pm

River Description


Wakely Dam Road is not plowed. Put in at the dam and take out at the parking lot at the beginning of the unmaintained road to Wakely Dam. Take out on the left when you see the cable across the river for the class V section. From the parking lot down to the road is class II-III.

Robert Farmer shared:
It has been a few years since I did this... I remember fondly camping out on a freezing night with a strong wind at the lake above the dam, with a brilliant moon floating over the surface of the lake. It was a week when most rivers were way too high. I remember looking at some multi-syllabic rivers with sheer terror and regret that I had driven all that way, possibly for nothing. But then I heard about the Cedar. There were a few easy, entrance rapids below the dam for a half-mile or so, then I recall a large left turn with a small slide. I was kind of on edge because the description that I had received from Bones, at Whitewater Challengers, was a bit vague. But when I got to the entrance of the mini-gorge, it was obvious. The river narrowed to about 15 feet against a vertical wall on the right. The left side had an elevated shelf about 8 (?) feet wide against a vertical wall on the left. Near the bottom was an undercut on the right that looked to be about 25 feet deep, or more. This section was a portage, but I still wanted to run it, until I saw it. I portaged, with no regrets. But, with a ton of water, the portage route would be underwater, with vertical walls on both sides. Eeyowza!

At the end of the portage shelf, the gorge makes a 90-degree left turn, then a 90-degree right turn, i.e. there was no visibility. Putting back in requires a seal-launch to total commitment to a blind gorge, the upper part of which was terrifying, that was essentially completely unknown except for a vague description from a guy named "Bones." Not greatly encouraging! I had to think about that for a good, long while. But I put in, and it was good. The gorge opened up a bit before another thrilling and runnable rapid---with a suspicious curling wave---that I scouted very intently before running it with great intensity. I vaguely recall that the river was much easier after this. There was probably a takeout around here that I missed. I went downstream past a mini-mansion, then ran a 15+-foot dam with a slight angle to avoid pitoning at the bottom, then past a few miles of easy water to where I had parked by the side of the road.

The mini-gorge is pretty amazing, and makes the trip worth the trouble. But, anyway, if you're considering this because it is running and you're in the neighborhood, just accept the idea that you're going to do it, because probably nothing else will be low enough for you to run, anyway. The Cedar is pretty cool, albeit short, but still worth the trouble.--RF

 

 

Eastern Adirondacks Reaches

Ausable, E. Branch                             Ausable, W. Branch (1.)                  Ausable, W. Branch (2.)                     Balm of Gilead Brook 

Boquet (2.)                                         Boquet (3.)                                        Boquet, N. Branch                           Boquet, S. Branch   

Boreas (1.)                                         Branch, The (Boquet trib.)                 Branch, The (Schroon trib.)               Cedar (1.) 

Cedar (2.)                                          Cold                                                   Deer Creek (Hudson Trib.)                Glen Creek

Hague Brook                                     Hudson (0.)                                         Hudson (1. Indian River to North River)             Hudson (2. North River to Riparius)

Hudson (3. Riparius to the Glen)         Indian (Hudson trib.)                         John's Brook                                     La Chute 

Mettawee                                          Mill Creek (Essex County)                    Mill Creek (Hudson trib.)                   North Creek 

Pike Brook                                         Poultney                                            Putnam Creek                                   Raquette (1.) 

Rock River                                         Schroon (North Hudson to Schroon Falls)            Schroon (Starbuckville to Riverbank)     Schroon (Warrensburg to Thurman Station)

Squaw Brook                                      Styles Brook                                     Thirteenth Brook                                Trout brook (Schroon trib)                    

West Mill Brook

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Robert Farmer
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9 years ago

It has been a few years since I did this, but I was astonished that there is basically no description of this interesting, if short, run posted here. I remember fondly camping out on a freezing night with a strong wind at the lake above the dam, with a brilliant moon floating over the surface of the lake. It was a week when most rivers were way too high. I remember looking at some multi-syllabic rivers with sheer terror and regret that I had driven all that way, possibly for nothing. But then I heard about the Cedar. There were a few easy, entrance rapids below the dam for a half-mile or so, then I recall a large left turn with a small slide. I was kind of on edge because the description that I had received from Bones, at Whitewater Challengers, was a bit vague. But when I got to the entrance of the mini-gorge, it was obvious. The river narrowed to about 15 feet against a vertical wall on the right. The left side had an elevated shelf about 8 (?) feet wide against a vertical wall on the left. Near the bottom was an undercut on the right that looked to be about 25 feet deep, or more. This section was a portage, but I still wanted to run it, until I saw it. I portaged, with no regrets. But, with a ton of water, the portage route would be underwater, with vertical walls on both sides. Eeyowza! At the end of the portage shelf, the gorge makes a 90-degree left turn, then a 90-degree right turn, i.e. there was no visibility. Putting back in requires a seal-launch to total commitment to a blind gorge, the upper part of which was terrifying, that was essentially completely unknown except for a vague description from a guy named "Bones." Not greatly encouraging! I had to think about that for a good, long while. But I put in, and it was good. The gorge opened up a bit before another thrilling and runnable rapid---with a suspicious curling wave---that I scouted very intently before running it with great intensity. I vaguely recall that the river was much easier after this. There was probably a takeout around here that I missed. I went downstream past a mini-mansion, then ran a 15+-foot dam with a slight angle to avoid pitoning at the bottom, then past a few miles of easy water to where I had parked by the side of the road. The mini-gorge is pretty amazing, and makes the trip worth the trouble. But, anyway, if you're considering this because it is running and you're in the neighborhood, just accept the idea that you're going to do it, because probably nothing else will be low enough for you to run, anyway. The Cedar is pretty cool, albeit short, but still worth the trouble.--RF

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Moose River Video

1/18/2011
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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