Hudson, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (varies with level)|
|HUDSON RIVER AT NORTH CREEK NY|
|usgs-01315500||2.80 - 8.50 ft||III||00h29m||4.24 ft (running)|
This section of the Hudson river runs through the remote Hudson River Gorge. Its difficulty varies signifcantly with water levels. This section of the Hudson is unique in that its "release" is by way of a tributary, the Indian River. As of 2017, the releases happen only on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday between May and September - check the gauge of the Hudson to see if there have been recent releases.
With that being said, the Hudson is runnable without release during significant portions of the year due to Fall rains or Spring melt, which can last until May. When the Indian isn't releasing, one can drive down Chain Lakes Road all the way to the Old Gooley Clubhouse, and put in on a path across the way.
If the dam is releasing, the trip actually starts out on the Indian River which usually only releases from 10:00 AM until 11:30. Releases happen only on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Put in about a half mile down from the dam for the normal raft put-in. However, there is a great Class-IV+ warmup on the Indian (Otter Slide) if you start directly below the dam. Otter Slide has a slightly technical lead-in to a ~10ft drop at low water. During releases, this "drop" becomes a massive boiling hole. Beware of undercut rocks on river left, the normal line is right of center, where a small amount of water shoots through the hole. Below Otter Slide, the river is continuous Class III with one break in the middle for 3 straight miles. It's class-fun, but swims could be long (just like the Hudson).
The Hudson is interesting in that with each rapid, the river increases in difficulty. At levels below 4ft, the river is solid class III. At levels 5ft and above, the river feels like big water class III+/IV.
Any reference to difficulty in the following description is based on low-medium water levels, such as those found during summer releases. At higher levels, holes become bigger and scarier, and the river becomes more continiuous, read and run class IV skills are a necessity.
Once you paddle into the confluence, you have several class II+/III rapids. When cliffs appear on river right (blue ledges), be ready for solid class III, that increses in difficulty until the one class IV of the run, Big Nasty. The rapids on the Hudson are generally indistinct, and blend together, not lending themselves to names or easy characterization. With that being said, Big Nasty is characterized by uncovered rocks on river right once you come around a right turn. Scout from the rocks on river right, or just run it. Below Big Nasty are a few more rapids until the longest class III of the run, Givneys. This rapid is characterized by a hard right turn, and it continues for nearly a mile. There are a few more rapids between Givneys and the confluence with the Boreas River, right after a railroad bridge. From here until Bus Stop, it's class II boogie water. Greyhound Bus Stop can sneak up on you, but it's a river wide ledge, with an easy, easy sneak on river left. River center seems the stickiest, while river right offers some surfing oppurtunities, that could quickly turn into windowshading or uninentional squirting. After this ledge you face a 3-mile flatwater/quick water paddle to the takeout.
Eastern Adirondacks Reaches
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