Updated June 25, 2001
The Deer River is a remote and seasonal waterway on the northern slope of the Tug Hill Plateau that drains into the Black River. From the putin, you will paddle 11.7 miles before seeing another road.
Watertown Area Reaches:
Black River (Rt. 3 Wave) Black River (Watertown to Brownville)
Black Creek Deer River (Section 1)
Deer River (Section 2) Roaring Brook (Brokeback Gorge)
Salmon River (Section 1) Salmon River (Section 2)
Sandy Creek South Sandy Creek (Section 1)
South Sandy Creek (Section 2) Mad River
Mill Creek Negro Brook
Tug Hill - Old Forge Area Reaches
Beaver (1. Moshier) Beaver (2. Eagle) Beaver (3. Taylorville)
Black (1.) Black (2.) Black (3.)
Black (4.) Black (5.) Black, S. Branch
Cincinnati Creek Crystal Creek Deer River (Section 1)
Deer River (Section 2) Fish Creek, E. Branch Independence River (1. Upper)
Independence River (2. Main) Indian (S.Br. Moose trib.) Little Black Creek
Little Woodhull Creek Mad River Mill Creek
Mohawk (1.) Moose (1. Middle) Moose (2. Lower)
Moose (3. Bottom) Moose, Middle Branch Moose, S. Branch (1.)
Moose, S. Branch (2.) Negro Brook Otter Creek
Roaring Brook (Brokeback Gorge) West Canada Creek (1.) West Canada Creek (2. Ohio Gorge)
West Canada Creek, S. Branch Woodhull Creek (Upper) Woodhull Creek (Middle)
Woodhull Creek (Miracle Mile)
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As you may ahve discovered, that section to which you refer is very difficult to scout. Looks good in places, with some big drops, but it's really hard to get back there and scouot.
We paddled this section last year and it is an amazing river. Countless surf waves in a beautiful shale gorge and a myriad of cascades falling over the walls. I counted more than 50 individual falls coming into the gorge. Not many run this, but it is well worth a look. In the 11 miles we only caught 4 eddies. 100% boogie + surfing. I can't wait to do it again.
On a side note: Does anyone have any beta on the section below High Falls? It looks like it may have a more drop/pool nature than New Boston part or at least some bigger drops.
There is no river gauge (see description below under "PUTIN").
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
High Falls Dam in Winter
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