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Difficulty I-III(V+)
Length 7 Miles
Flow Range 250 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 20.2 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/07/2016 6:41 pm

River Description

Finger Lakes Area Runs


Bowman Creek                        Cascadilla Creek                  Canandaigua Outlet 

Canaseraga Creek                  Canisteo                               Cayuga Lake Hole 

Cayuta Creek                          Conesus Creek                     Fall Creek (1.) 

Fall Creek (2.)                         Fall Creek (3.)                       Great Gully Creek 

Honeoye Creek                       Irondequoit Creek                 Keshequa Creek 

Keuka Outlet                         Lock 32 Whitewater Course    Owasco River (Outlet) 

Salmon Creek                         Sixmile Creek                         Sugar Creek 

Taughannock Creek (1.)         Taughannock Creek (2.)         Trumansburg Creek 

Vanbuskirk Gulf


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Rapid Descriptions

Penn Yan Putin

Class - Mile - 0
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There are several putins, but the earliest is in Penn Yan. There's a small parking lot, with a short walk to the Outlet.   There is a walking trail the entire 7+ miles of the outlet.  Be on the lookout for people walking, riding bikes or on Horses if you find it necessary to be on the trail.

Keuka Falls

Class - Mile - 3.6
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Sorry, guys. This one's unrunnable; you'd be landing on rocks from 20+ feet. Portage left.

Cascade Falls

Class - IV Mile - 5.14
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You can recognize this broken-down dam by the beat-up building on River Left. Get out when you see the Warning sign. The property owers understand the river passage laws and allow for safe passage around the falls. By permit the Falls are runnable during designated Special Events.

The Tube

Class - III Mile - 8.76
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This is a short tunnel under a bridge. It dumps you into a small hole. Watch out for the island directly after the tunnel--it has a tendency to collect wood.

Dresden Takeout

Class - Mile - 9.25
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Take out just before the Milo Rd. bridge on River Right.


Gage Descriptions

Flow is determined by witnessing how many "Gates" are open at the Birkett Mills factory on Main Street.
1 Gate is not runnable other than some easy play at the put-in or at certain points at the Competition Center.
2 Gates is an intermediate run,
3 Gates will give you a class-III run from the put-in to the Competition Center and III/IV at the Center.
4 or 5 Gates gets very pushy and is not recommended for beginners.


The Competition Center begins with a Class-IV mill drop. Be on the alert for Strainers and signs warning of unrunnable waterfalls. When you see the signs, GET OUT! Follow Standard River rules when you come upon posted Hazards. Take out at the Hazard signs and safely portage or scout the hazard. Be particularly careful if there's a Special Event--please make sure that you don't blunder into an ongoing race or event.


The Competion Center is managed and maintained by Kayak Adventures and a huge team of volunteers. During Special Event releases, requested by Kayak Adventures or other entities, please contact them to determine the extent of their activity on the outlet.   The Special Events postings can be found on the Keuka Lake Level website, maintained by the Keuka Lake Association.


You can reach the Kayak Adventures office at 585-704-2372 or  if you wish to be part of the team that maintains the Outlet.

Directions Description

For Driving Directions from all points to the mill and the competition center, click here.

For directions to the putin in downtown Penn Yan, click here.

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Moose River Video

Mark Singleton

2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers!  View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1199696 03/25/11 doug Reagan
1206599 06/07/16 Alex Barham Added local info
1191126 11/09/08 art miller n/a
1196114 09/21/09 Matt Muir Revised rapid descriptions; updated event description and link to flow info.