Independence, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||85 fpm|
|Max Gradient||100 fpm|
|INDEPENDENCE RIVER AT DONNATTSBURG NY|
|usgs-04256000||350 - 2500 cfs||II-V||22h35m||1020 cfs (running)|
|Above 1000, it gets big. Fat Lady becomes solid Class V and the run becomes a wild fun ride.|
Depending on the level this creek can be a great training ground for paddlers learning to creek, a beautiful and fun run, or a challenge for advanced boaters. Run either as park and huck, or as a full river run with a creeky finish, this is a classic!
Starting at the Donnattsburgh Road bridge the creek is a straightforward river run at lower water and at high water a rocket ride boofing over holes and rocks. Once past the powerlines the river becomes less continuous and the first drop appears. Scout on the left, or boat scout running down the left channel.
After the first drop is the Fat Lady. Starting in a pool above an old dam the currrent is devided by a massive rock named Mega Dome. Stay left unless you have scouted for wood in the right channel. The main line is left at the dome, then right at the split to stay in the center channel. To the far left is a channel which goes into a hard corner with a jutting rock known as Elbow Breaker. Despite the name this channel can be run safely at almost any level. The river converges again for a boof just above the Rudd Road bridge. Eddy out below the bridge and scout The Wall.
The Wall starts with a channelized entrance into a left to right move to avoid getting body slammed on granite. From the eddy on the right work your way down through the next ledge to river center. The last boof is formed by two large rocks in river center. At lower water it is easy to fall between the two rocks. Be aware of the pin hazard and plan your line so you are clear. Either cross the devide high and boof right, or stay left.
Take out at the next bridge on river left. This is Pine Grove Road.
Want a run that you can take beginners on but still have some fun? Run from Donnattsburgh Road to Rudd Road and let beginners walk the slide or run their boats down for them.
The Independence River was named to honor the national holiday by surveyor/engineer Pierre Pharoux in the 1790's. In those days, the French called the Salmon "La Famine."
If the Indy's rocking (800+ cfs and rising, or 1000+ cfs), it can be great fun to combine it
with a run down its trib, Otter Creek, just a mile
South on Pine Grove Road. Run Otter first, as it'll drop more quickly.
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