Great Chazy - Miner Lake to Mooers

Great Chazy, New York, US


Miner Lake to Mooers (Aquaduct Alley)

Usual Difficulty IV+ (for normal flows)
Length 11 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm
Max Gradient 80 fpm

Woods Falls

Woods Falls
Photo of Jason LaSelva by Justin Crannell @ approx. 1490

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04271500 4.00 - 9.00 ft IV+ 00h23m 3.1 ft (too low)

River Description

Put in at Fienburg Park in Altona.
First mile contains a class IV hole, followed by a long slide with a hole at the bottom. Next number of miles contain easier rapids. Difficulty increases as you approach Woods Falls, a 15 ft drop (Class IV+). Scouting recommended. Many parties take out here.
Woods falls followed by ledgy rapids and slides to Mooers Forks. Last section to Mooers is flatwater.


Plattsburgh Area Reaches

Ausable (Ausable Chasm)                                       Ausable, E. Branch

Ausable, W. Branch (4. High Falls Gorge)               Ausable, W. Branch (5. The Flume)

Ausable, W. Branch (Section 6)                               Black Brook

Boquet, S. Branch                                                Boquet, N. Branch

Chateaugay                                                             Great Chazy (Chazy Lake to Miner Lake)

Great Chazy (Miner Lake to Mooers)                      Great Chazy, North Branch

Little Black Brook                                                     Little Trout

Marble                                                                    Salmon

Salmon (Lake Champlain)                                        Saranac (Permanent Rapids)

Saranac (1. Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)          Saranac (2. Silver Lake Road to Redford)

Saranac (3. High Falls Gorge)                                 Saranac (Sec. 4)

Styles Brook 

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Last Updated: 2016-04-05 22:05:01

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 21 2011 (2827 days ago)
JohnCyr (152884)
Good Day, The ice broke on Friday March 18th overnight.. We headed down from Canada on Sunday and
the levels was at 8ft when we left Ottawa..By the time we put in..It got down to 7.5ft. We put in
above the dam and ran the right line/slide. My buddy scouted the hole and gave me the green light..
Fired it off but the reactionary caught me and ended up in the hole.. Ive never seen it a lower
level but I wouldnt say its a IV+ hole..I flushed out quite easy... If something on this river is
Class IV+ it would be the slides and going upside down would rape your face. Water is pushy and you
got to be on top of your game. Holes along the way are easily avoidable and you can sneak the
bottom ones on left and even right if you missed your line. We wouldve actually loved to see a bit
more water.. So I would not agree with not going near there at 3800 cfs... Halfway down there is a
2-3 ft ledge/pourover that is a bit sticky as I missed my boof but I got out just fine...It ends in
a pool anyways.. The waterfall would be IV or IV+... By the time we ran it, level was 6.5 ft. The
line is obvious but you have to pick landmarks to figure it out.. Going left would land you on
rocks and it doesn hurt a bit... Going right would land you in flatter and stickier water/eddy but
no biggie.. its easy to set up safety.... Take your time on that river.. Eddy hop your way down...
Have a solid leader and youll be fine! Gets your heart pumping for sure!
August 9 2010 (3051 days ago)
Wayne GmanDetails
Ran this baby on a warm August 5th day at 2700 cfs after a 5.5 inch rain. It was about Noon....12
hours after peak flow (midnight) of 7.75 ft (aka 3800 cfs). Note the gauge is below a major
confluence and you cannot be sure if the North Branch or the Main Great Chazy has the good water.
The upper section was not at a good level and we had already missed the good level so we puton
downstream on this section. The high water of this event was easily 4-6 ft higher than when we were
there depending on the width of the river. We would have loved to see a significant more water but
certainly not near the peak flow that prior day. The creek had been paddled the previous late
afternoon on the rise. The hole at the bottom of the quarter mile long slide was a badass river
wide hole which was punched on the "weaker" Left side. It was full on serious as are most flooding
creeks. That slide is amazing with huge slosh factor and reactionary waves galore!!!!!!
August 9 2010 (3051 days ago)
Wayne GmanDetails
The residents at the takeout below the 15' drop are very upset with Post Paddle changing on their
front lawns. They have left notes on cars that they are taking plate numbers and that they are
going to tow cars off their lawns. They may give you permission to park on the edge of their
property if you simply ask. Change @ the PUTIN after unwinding the shuttle.
March 13 2006 (4661 days ago)
justin CrannellDetails
1400 is minimum<br />
we ran it at 2800 and it was very good level a solid class V run<br />
<br />
At this level make sure to scout before-hand as there are many moves in the first rapid "white
mile" to memorize. Also without proper saftey you will want to put in below the first big hole
due to the undercut sides that you are forced into if you do not make the line. Just below the
first big hole is an opportunity to seal launch off the sides. This would be my recomendation for a
put in. Below this u will pass under an old brigde but a nearly river wide hole forces you into the
birdge abutment on the left. To avoid this hit the first big wave on the right side and skirt the
hole (which is about 100ft below this) to the right just missing the abutment on the right. After
quickly move center to avoid large reactionary waves coming off the lower abutments or even in our
case that day, to avoid the abutments themselves. For the next 1/3 of a mile u will jsut have to
make ur way down the middle avoiding what waves holes and reactionaries you may encounter. I cna
say this, Even though this rapid is just one big slide it is still supprising how well u can
maneuver around, but beware the water is much pushier than it appears to be and if you dont scout
previously you will find yourself in a serious case of survival mode. Just as things begin to get
good you will notice a long eddy on the right hand side of the river as the river begins to bend to
the right. This is your signal to pay attention, as you probably noticed from scouting the rapid
ends in a large 50ft wide keeper hole. the only pleace we saw to miss it was to huge the left shore
but even still the area in which u could sneak the hole was only 5 ft wide so be on your line. All
this empties this into a large pool at the bottom. One thing is for certain swimming on this rapid
is not an option and if for some reason you do swim, move immediately to the left hand shore to
avoid the bottom hole at all costs.

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