With the exception of one large ledge drop near Claryville and a this is a class 2 to 2+ run which would be lots of fun if there wasn't so much wood on it. Scout from the road while you run shuttle.
We ran in April 2019 and were out of the boats more than a dozen times. Lots of massive hemlocks that will most likely be there for years. Once time or some inspired beavers clear it this would be a nice run for anyone comfortable on the Mongaup.
The correct gauge for this stretch is https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=01434017&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060 which is near the bottom of the run (low head dam btw, fine at low levels but could get bad at higher levels) but I can't figure out how to change the gauge. This is the gauge I believe Squires (and Steve McCluckie) is refering to.
The currently linked gauge is after the 2 branches merge and was borderline at 900cfs (scraping over quite a few gravelbars but everything in between nice).
We launched at the end of the Denning Road at the Denning Road trailhead and (as you'd expect on a lonely stretch of river like this) the upper section was even woodier then the lower. There's several intermediate put ins and the further down you go the less wood you get.
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I was on the April 2019 trip. My memory is two class 3 drops that you came up suddenly near the end of the run. Because of the continuous nature of the river, I would recommend solid class 2+ or 3 skills. Beautiful river. Aside from the problem with the gauge that Tom discusses, the river needs more water in it to have a enjoyable trip because it divides into 3-4 channels in several places. Therefore, their isn't enough water in any of the channels.
Haven't been on this yet, but the gauge should be the East Branch at Claryville: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=01434017&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060 Squires says 300 is low and 500 to 800 is "nice".
The gage is at the confluence of the East Branch and West Branch; the East Branch flow might be about half of what is shown.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Put in in Denning. Take Denning Road along the creek west to Claryville. Take out at the West Branch Bridge on your right, or continue downstream for 3 more miles.
on Neversink, E. Branch @Strauss YMCA Camp to Claryville
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