Stony Clove Creek - Warner Creek/ Siver Creek confluence to Esopus River

Stony Clove Creek, New York, US


Warner Creek/ Siver Creek confluence to Esopus River (Chichester Creek)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 3.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 100 fpm

Stony Clove @ High Water

Stony Clove @ High Water
Photo of Alex Nicks and Ted Devoe by Jeff Sharpe taken 01/16/07 @ 5.8 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01362370 3.80 - 7.00 ft III-IV 00h54m 2.92 ft (too low)

River Description

It's tiny, pretty continuous and can easily pick up wood, but you can scout a lot of it from the road. It's LOTS of fun. As I remember it, the upper parts are mostly boulder garden rapids and the lower parts are mostly bedrock slides.
If anyone has better info, please offer it up. I haven't run this for years.


 NEW INFO: A recent scout when it was a little too low to run revealed a  "must do". Here's a little info gathered. It seemed like there were several put-in options  available but use good judgement and common sense since some of the possibilities might be sketchy. You probably don't want a crowd on this, mabe three to five paddlers and I would try leaving only one car at the put-in, where ever it is you chose. It seems space is limited. If you decide not to go up that far, I slightly remember a pull-over that you could park two or three cars which would cut-out most the more difficult sections. It seems the higher up you go, the steeper it gets. To get to the put-in just follow the creek up 214. From 214 you can see most of the run. There's a spot where 214 (I think it dose so a few times) but in one particuliar spot look downstream and just below where you are looking at there's a river creek-wide hole. At low level it appeared to be runnable with a sneak to the left, however, it also appeared that at higher levels it would it would get nasty. So, have a look and you decide how or if you wanna run it. 



Catskills Area Reaches

Basic Creek                               Batavia Kill                                    Bear Kill 

Beaver Kill (Delaware Trib)       Beaver Kill (Hudson Trib)              Beer Kill 

Beer Kill, W. Branch                  Bowery Creek                                Bush Kill 

Callicoon Creek, E. Branch       Callicoon Creek, N. Branch           Catskill Creek (1.) 

Catskill Creek (2.)                     Catskill Creek (4.)                          Claverack Creek 

Coxing Kill                                 Delaware                                       Delaware, E. Branch 

Delaware, W. Branch                Little Delaware                               Dry Brook 

East Kill                                     Esopus Creek (1)                           Esopus Creek (2) 

Esopus Creek (3)                      Esopus Creek (4)                           Esopus Creek (5) 

Hannacrois Creek                     Kaaterskill Creek (1.)                     Kaaterskill Creek (2.) 

Kinderhook Creek  (3.)              Kiskatom Creek                             Mombaccus Creek 

Mill Brook                                   Neversink (1.)                               Neversink, E. Branch 

Neversink, W. Branch                 Peters Kill                                     Platte Kill 

Plattekill Creek                            Potic Creek                                  Roeliff Jansen Kill (1) 

Roeliff Jansen Kill (2)                  Rochester Creek                          Rondout Creek (1) 

Rondout Creek (2)                     Rondout Creek (3)                        Sandburg Creek 

Saw Kill (1)                                 Saw Kill (2)                                    Saw Kill (3) 

Schoharie Creek (1.)                  Schoharie Creek (2.)                    Shingle Kill Creek 

Squirmer Creek                          Stony Clove Creek                        Ten Mile Creek 

Thorp Creek                               Tremper Kill                                   Wallkill 

West Kill                                      Woodland Creek                            Vly Creek 


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July 24 2008 (3834 days ago)
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I have been doing thie creek for almost 4 years now, and haven't ever seen anyone else on it accept
my friends. Great run, all the way....nothing dangerous accept for maybe a tree that is down at the
top of the's a bummer, because it ruins the first top section. But at the same time it's
blocking you from possibly getting stuck in the only hole that I have been in. Put in after the old
bridge, and stay river right to be safe....middle to be a little more ballsy. Just stay upright,
and paddle strong, and the steepest section is over in like 40 seconds. After that top section, it
gets mellow for a 1/4 mile before picking up with some more sticky spots and boulders to paddle
around. Stay river right under the 214 bridge/dam. It's a small 3 ft high dam that will hold
you.....hope you can side surf. Staying right and doing a swift paddle will get you through it. The
next section has been washed out and changed a bit since I first started running it. Stay river
left around the bend to avoid and washed out bony areas. The rest of the run is great, and along
side 214, it gets pretty hairy and also fun....Just stayed centered on the river and paddle. This
creek is stick if you're in a play boat, no sweat if your in a creek boat. And don't run this creek
unless the gauge says atleast 4 foot. The gauge on this creek is new and in a new location, and it
is a bit off from the old gauge with it's suggested levels to run it. 3.8 ft is bony, and 4 ft is
fun.......4.5 is my suggested level to run it. Hell of a good time. ** Be sure to look in the creek
just past pheonicia elementary school. A local logger has run a steel cable across the creek which
sags over time until it is in the creek. BE VERY AWARE OF THIS before you run it. No big deal if
you see it though**