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Difficulty III-IV
Length 9 Miles
Gauge MOOSE RIVER AT MCKEEVER NY
Flow Range 3.80 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 6.41 [FT] ℹ️
Next Release
Reach Info Last Updated 04/14/2016 6:46 pm

River Description


Logistics:
See the Lower Moose Map. The normal putin is at Rock Island, off Moose River Road, about three miles West of Rte. 28. The takeout is at Fowlerville Road, the normal putin for the Bottom Moose. To get to the takeout from the putin, continue West on Moose River Road for about 4 miles.
Bear Right at Porter's Corners, staying on Moose River Road.
After another 2.5 miles, take a Right onto North South Road.
At the T intersection, hang Left onto Penny Settlement Road.
After a short drive, take your first Right onto Fowlerville Road. The river's about a mile and a half along Fowlerville. Park before the river, on the left or the right. (There's a good sandy parking area on the left.)

See also the Google Directions from Utica.

Those wishing to run the class-4 section usually put in at Rock Island. Those wishing to run the class-3 section (Middle Moose) usually take out at Rock Island: Longitude - 75, 09, 27 and Latitude 43, 36, 01.

See also the Middle Moose, Class III, and Bottom Moose, Class V.
 

 

 

Tug Hill - Old Forge Area Reaches

Beaver (1. Moshier)                               Beaver (2. Eagle)                                 Beaver (3. Taylorville)

Black (1.)                                                Black (2.)                                             Black (3.)

Black (4.)                                                Black (5.)                                             Black, S. Branch

Cincinnati Creek                                     Crystal Creek                                       Deer River (Section 1)

Deer River (Section 2)                        Fish Creek, E. Branch                          Independence River (1. Upper) 

Independence River (2. Main)               Indian (S.Br. Moose trib.)                     Little Black Creek

Little Woodhull Creek                             Mad River                                           Mill Creek 

Mohawk (1.)                                           Moose (1. Middle)                                Moose (2. Lower) 

Moose (3. Bottom)                                 Moose, Middle Branch                          Moose, S. Branch (1.)  

Moose, S. Branch (2.)                            Negro Brook                                       Otter Creek  

Roaring Brook (Brokeback Gorge)    West Canada Creek (1.)                      West Canada Creek (2. Ohio Gorge) 

West Canada Creek, S. Branch                Woodhull Creek (Upper)                     Woodhull Creek (Middle) 

Woodhull Creek (Miracle Mile)

 

Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group

 

 

Rapid Descriptions

Rock Island Putin

Class - Mile - 0
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Iron Bridge

Class - Mile - 0.72
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Tannery

Class - III+ Mile - 1.12

Rooster Tail

Class - III+ Mile - 2.48
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After a long series of ledges and holes is a twisting, 6-foot drop on the right. Scout from river left.

Froth Hole

Class - III+ Mile - 4.67

Mixmaster

Class - IV Mile - 8.74

Elevator Shaft

Class - III+ Mile - 9.12

Fowlerville Road

Class - Mile - 10.19
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Take out here, at the road--or run Fowlersville Falls for a good capper to a good day!

Comments

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10 years ago

Just wanted to thank you for the pictures of the Moose in fowlerville, Iam in west virgina now, but our camp is in fowlerville name after my familey who live there, my name is Pat Fowler. I have wacth the folks running the whitewaters of Moose river.

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Kevin Myers
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3 years ago

Near which rapid is that cable hanging?

Gage Descriptions

Chris Koll explains the Moose River releases in the fall (taken from NPMB.com):

"...a scheduled Bottom Moose release has absolutely no bearing on levels in either the Middle of Lower Moose.

"Now, this entire scenario is complicated by the presence of a small dam located way upstream on the Middle Branch of the Moose adjacent to the parking lot of Slickers Tavern in Old Forge. This dam controls levels of the Fulton Chain of Lakes--an impoundment stretching for nearly 20 miles. The lake is annually drawn down for flood control and to avoid ice damage. The Black River Regulatory District has worked with me to schedule the start of this drawdown to correspond with the Moose Fest weekend (this year Oct. 13-14). The maximum amount of water that can be spilled from the small dam is around 400 cfs which isn't enough by itself to make the Moose runnable--but when combined with natural flows in the North Branch Moose and South Branch Moose, it generally equates to a minimum reading at McKeever of 3'. Obviously, McKeever can read much higher if the South and North Branches have normal or above fall flows.

"Therefore--the drawdown from the Fulton Chain does guarantee adequate or better water levels for all three sections of the Moose. But that drawdown doesn't start until October 17."

Levels, according to Chris Koll:
2.6-2.7 is around 500 cfs.
3.5' is around 750 cfs.
4' is an even 1000 cfs.
5' is 1850 cfs.

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Directions Description


Logistics:
The map shown below may not be correct; I'm not at all certain that you can cross the river on the bridge that they recommend you use.

 

See the Lower Moose Map. The normal putin is at Rock Island, off Moose River Road, about three miles West of Rte. 28. The takeout is at Fowlerville Road, the normal putin for the Bottom Moose. To get to the takeout from the putin, continue West on Moose River Road for about 4 miles.
Bear Right at Porter's Corners, staying on Moose River Road.
After another 2.5 miles, take a Right onto North South Road.
At the T intersection, hang Left onto Penny Settlement Road.
After a short drive, take your first Right onto Fowlerville Road. The river's about a mile and a half along Fowlerville. Park before the river, on the left or the right. (There's a good sandy parking area on the left.)

See also the Google Directions from Utica and see the Google Directions from the takeout to the putin.

Latitute/Longitude coordinates verified by GPS.

 

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2011-10-16 Medium Fatality Other Read More
1998-11-29 Medium Fatality Failed Rescue Read More
1997-04-06 High Injury Other Read More

Alerts

   

News

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AW is going to Moosefest! (NY)

2008-10-15 00:00:00-04
Jeffrey Paine

This weekend (Oct. 18th), come renew or start your membership with American Whitewater in Old Forge, NY at the ever-popular Moosefest. Stop by the membership table and show your love and support for your favorite whitewater non-profit. Plus meet pro paddler and Team Dagger member Corey Volt and AW's Jeff Paine who will both be manning the table.

 

AW will be set up at Mountainman Outdoors Supply Company on Saturday, Oct. 18th, from 4-6PM. Later on that evening AW will be setting up at one of the local pubs, Slickers, from 10PM-12AM.

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Don't Get Stranded at Agers Falls on the Moose: Always Sign In & Out (NY)

2002-05-07 00:00:00-04
Jason Robertson

Chris Koll reminds us that signing in only takes 30 seconds and is required for water releases. This procedure has been in effect for 16 years but few boaters are following the agreement.

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Moose River Video

2011-01-18 00:00:00-05
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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