Neversink, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|NEVERSINK RIVER AT BRIDGEVILLE NY|
|usgs-01436690||640 - 5000 cfs||II-IV||00h42m||315 cfs (too low)|
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: http://tinyurl.com/neversink-gorge
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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.
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.
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.