Esopus Creek, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II+ (for normal flows)|
|ESOPUS CREEK AT COLDBROOK NY|
|usgs-01362500||5.00 - 8.00 ft||II+||00h58m||4.44 ft (too low)|
"pgw," on the Northeast Paddlers' Message Board, related in part, on 7/16/01:
"We paddled the Esopus Sat, July 14 with its scheduled water release and noted a large pine tree strainer on river left appr'x 100 yards above the Woodland Valley Road Bridge (which is just above the slalom course at the old 'RailRoad Rapid'), Phoenicia, NY. The strainer extends fully across the river channel from left to right. We noted this before driving up to the Portal at Allaben where we put in.
Someone posted a large wooden sign with RED letters on river right, 'Danger, do not go left, get out here'."
He went on to describe a close call with a tuber who unaccountably failed to heed the sign. Careful out there!
[Ed note: This reach was originally the entire 17 mile upper section of the Esopus, overlapping the other reaches on the AW site. The sections have all been renumbered and this section re-purposed to better match the descriptions in the guidebooks Northeastern Whitewater Guide (Bruce Lessels) and New York Exposed: The Whitewater State (Dennis Squires)--5/16/10]
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