Neversink - 1. Rock Hill to Oakland Valley

Neversink, New York, US


1. Rock Hill to Oakland Valley

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 11 Miles

Neversink Gorge

Neversink Gorge
Photo by Steve McLuckie taken 06/23/09

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01436690 640 - 5000 cfs II-IV 00h42m 315 cfs (too low)

River Description

This 11.3 mile section of the Neversink is mostly class 1 to 2, but has about 1.5 miles of exciting  class 3 to 4 rapids about halfway through. There is a mostly unobtrusive quarry operation along the right for the first 1.5 miles, but  the gorge is very remote and isolated from there until the first houses appear on river right about 1/2 mile before the takeout in Oakland Valley

Lat/longitude coords are very close, from TopoZone and Google Maps.
Thanks to Adam, from the Northeast Paddlers' Message Board for most of this information:

There are two major drops on the Neversink. Denton Falls is a slide run straight down the middle with no holes at the bottom. High Falls is small vertical drop of 5 feet, easily run far river right, or by taking the boof left of the rocky island. After High Falls is about 4 miles of flat to class 2 rapids.

In between Denton and High Falls is the Gorge section, which is class 3-4 depending on levels. Over 7.5, I would say it is a 4. Lots of holes, waves and sticky spots. At bottom of the gorge, there are some waves to surf at 6 - 7 feet, above that they become pretty sticky. The river is not a great play river, with only a handful of waves on the 6-8 miles. However, it is beautiful and absolutly desolate. Have seen bald eagles every time I've been down.

The put-in is just outside the gates to Holiday Mtn. Ski area off of Bridgeville Rd (public fishing access). The usual take-out is at the Oakland Valley bridge on county route 49. Alternate take outs further downstream include a small pullout about 1.5 miles south on route 49 or at  the D&H Canal museum, just off of route 209 in Huguenot NY.

Here's a Google map showing the river, along with the main rapids, put in and takeout locations, and the shuttle route:



Catskills Area Reaches

Basic Creek                               Batavia Kill                                    Bear Kill 

Beaver Kill (Delaware Trib)       Beaver Kill (Hudson Trib)              Beer Kill 

Beer Kill, W. Branch                  Bowery Creek                                Bush Kill 

Callicoon Creek, E. Branch       Callicoon Creek, N. Branch           Catskill Creek (1.) 

Catskill Creek (2.)                     Catskill Creek (4.)                          Claverack Creek 

Coxing Kill                                 Delaware                                       Delaware, E. Branch 

Delaware, W. Branch                Little Delaware                               Dry Brook 

East Kill                                     Esopus Creek (1)                           Esopus Creek (2) 

Esopus Creek (3)                      Esopus Creek (4)                           Esopus Creek (5) 

Hannacrois Creek                     Kaaterskill Creek (1.)                     Kaaterskill Creek (2.) 

Kinderhook Creek  (3.)              Kiskatom Creek                             Mombaccus Creek 

Mill Brook                                   Neversink (1.)                               Neversink, E. Branch 

Neversink, W. Branch                 Peters Kill                                     Platte Kill 

Plattekill Creek                            Potic Creek                                  Roeliff Jansen Kill (1) 

Roeliff Jansen Kill (2)                  Rochester Creek                          Rondout Creek (1) 

Rondout Creek (2)                     Rondout Creek (3)                        Sandburg Creek 

Saw Kill (1)                                 Saw Kill (2)                                    Saw Kill (3) 

Schoharie Creek (1.)                  Schoharie Creek (2.)                    Shingle Kill Creek 

Squirmer Creek                          Stony Clove Creek                        Ten Mile Creek 

Thorp Creek                               Tremper Kill                                   Wallkill 

West Kill                                      Woodland Creek                            Vly Creek 



Downstate New York Area Reaches

Beer Kill                                          Beer Kill, W. Branch   

Callicoon Creek, E. Branch            Callicoon Creek, N. Branch 

Coxing Kill                                      Croton 

Delaware (1.)                                 Delaware (2. Mongaup Wave)

Delaware (3.)                                 Fishkill Creek 

Mombaccus Creek                         Mongaup 

Moodna Creek                               Neversink (1.) 

Neversink (2.)                                Neversink, E. Branch  

Peters Kill                                       Pocantico 

Popolopen Brook                           Ramapo 

Rochester Creek                            Rondout Creek (1.) 

Rondout Creek (2.)                        Rondout Creek (3.) 

Sandburg Creek                             Stony Brook (1.) 

Stony Brook (2.)                             Wallkill 

Wappinger Creek


Google Map of New York Whitewater

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Last Updated: 2016-04-26 13:13:52


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
5.5Denton FallsN/APhoto
6.0Inner GorgeIII+Photo
7.0High FallsN/APhoto

Rapid Descriptions

Denton Falls (Class N/A, Mile 5.5)

Denton Falls

Denton Falls
Photo by Steve McLuckie taken 06/23/09 @ 1400 cfs

Though usually listed as class 4 this is an easy slide down a wide tongue in the right center, at least at moderate levels. By the time the horizon line disappears you'll be committed, so you'll probably want to scout from the right.

Inner Gorge (Class III+, Mile 6.0)


Photo by Steve McLuckie taken 06/23/09

At anything above the most modest levels, from Denton Falls to High Falls you'll find about 1.5 miles of big water action with only brief pauses.

High Falls (Class N/A, Mile 7.0)

Soft Landing

Soft Landing
Photo by Steve McLuckie taken 06/20/09

The last hurrah before things calm down for the rest of the trip, High Falls is a drop of about 5 feet. The conservative choice is to run left of a small rocky island (which may disappear at high water) for a boof into a hole that doesn't seem to be sticky at moderate levels. The other choice is to run the very far right, avoiding the rocks that you want to be very close to, while still missing the hole a couple of feet further out. Scouting and setting safety are easily done from the right side.

User Comments

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November 7 2018 (36 days ago)
jeff keimDetails
Clean, high water run today @ 2000cfs, big and pushy, some holes disappeared others way bigger,
Left side of high falls was good to go and denton had a tongue right of center... the rapids
in-between were big! No problems parking....
April 22 2011 (2792 days ago)
Steve McLuckieDetails
Aside from parking issues at the bridge, I'd guess that it's not convenient to stick to the legal
right of way while taking out. I also don't think we're likely to be hassled as long as we park
well. About 1.5 miles further downstream there's a pullout that's big enough for 3 cars or so.
There's a nice rapid just after the bridge, but it's mostly very easy from there to the pullout.
I'd suggest taking a look at Denton Falls. I don't think it's likely to collect wood, but by the
time you can see the bottom of the tongue your options are limited.
April 21 2011 (2793 days ago)
rebel1916 (151752)
We had a tire slashed at the Cuddebackville/ Oakland Valley/Route 49 take out for the Neversink
today. We were parked on the SE side (I think) near the bridge, well away from any no trespassing
signs. There is NO DOUBT the tire was cut with a knife. This is an amazing section of river, but it
isn't worth a $150 tire. This happened on 5/26/2012 so disregard the date on the post, cause I
can't figure out how to add a new comment.
June 29 2007 (4185 days ago)
James DoughertyDetails
Took a hike at low water level when there wasnt really enough water to paddle most of it. Went to
high falls and stood a the base of the falls, river left, where water was droping off just to the
right of me while facing upstream. I was able to see over so at least on river left it's about 5.5
ft. I always hear people going down the right side, middle looked like it would be serious and the
hardest. I never heard someone going down river left but it looked like it would be easy. My
concern would be enough water to land in. It was a beutiful area and at times walking along the
river I would have to back track as the bank would rise until I couldnt go forward due to no more
room to walk and it was way to steep to climb up. Getting out of this river without a kayak might
prove to be difficult, particuliarly if you are injured. I would suggest bringing a USGS map and
compass. There is a trail probably no more than a few yards to a 1/2 mile, depending where you are,
that runs along the river, at least on river left. In places you may find it hard to get to.

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