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Difficulty II-IV
Length 5 Miles
Flow Range 3.00 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1.88 [FT]
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Reach Info Last Updated 04/14/2016 6:48 pm

River Description

The put-in for this, the first of four regularly run whitewater sections on the Moose River can be found on Route 28 just south of Singing Waters Campground where the river is visible from the road. There is another put-in just to the north of Singing Waters on a side road also.


This section of river is primarily a class II and fast moving water run. At low levels it is a scrape and rub rock garden. There is one named rapid, Nelson's Falls that is considered a class IV. Nelson's is a fun 3 drop rapid with some undercuts and is often the site of big strainers!


Check out the description in the CNY site


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"I would not suggest this section is suitable for beginners but at even 3.0 ft to 3.5 it is a fun stretch to play and practice river reading skills."
- kathy corey 2001-11-26



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)


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Rapid Descriptions


Class - Mile - 0
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Find the putin where the river is visible from Route 28 south of Singing Waters campground, or the alternate putin on a side road half mile to the north.

Nelson Falls

Class - IV Mile - 1
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You approach Nelson Falls after passing under a railroad trestle. The rapid is on a blind corner so this would be a good time to get out and scout. There are 3 drops of about 3 feet each over 100 yards of river. Nelson's tends to be a strainer collector so keep an eye out!

Mill Ruin

Class - II+ Mile - 4.8
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The rapid itself is not worthy of naming, but the ruins of an old mill, visible from the bridge over Route 28 at McKeever is worth noting. Stay right on the river if possible, the ruins are badly undercut and there may be remnants of rebar and other hazards.


Class - Mile - 5
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Find the take-out after paddling beneath the bridge at McKeever on river left. The Gauging Station is also located here, on Moose River Road. This is also the old put-in location for the Middle Moose run.


Gage Descriptions

This gauge reading comes from the gauge at McKeever after the confluence of the Middle and South Branch of the Moose river, however it is a reliable reading for the purposes of running this section.

You can also call 1-900-726-4243 (Code 361522).

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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.


Alex Barham


Matthew Sudol


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206218 04/14/16 Alex Barham Added local info
1191147 06/22/05 Matthew Sudol n/a