Ramapo, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|RAMAPO RIVER AT SUFFERN NY|
|usgs-01387420||200 - 3000 cfs||II-III||00h38m||164 cfs (too low)|
Ran this Feb 08 at 320 cfs, Suffern gage. The falls (CL5 or CL6, I don't know, you decide. Run at your own risk. A paddler more experienced than me believes the landing may be too shallow.) is 0.03 upstream of the Tuxedo Station. There's a fishing access for free parking. There's a construction company just above the falls with 'no parking' sign. No one was around to ask for permission. You might be able to find somewhere to park further up and there might be another falls/dam. Right after the falls is a slide (CL3) followed by some CL2, another little drop and flat water. I drove down Rte. 17 to the Rockland/Orange county line. There's a pull-off, I parked there since there were no signs that said I couldn't--park at your own risk. I used a 50ft rope to get my kayak down the steep slope and carried over train tracks. CL2 rapids to start with. What you get here is the most you'll get to where I took out except for the dam.
Downstream from here, before you pass under 7 Lakes Drive just upstream of a bridge (Washington Ave?), there was a surf-hole. At higher levels this might get really good since the river is constricted here. It looks like there might have been an old rustic dam here. Soon you will pass under 7 Lakes Drive; you can take out here.
Stony Brook will pour in from your left after passing under 7 Lakes Drive and the water will go dead flat. This is due to the Dam. It's a low-head dam, however, there's something in there to stop the recirc but all the way left has recirc and probably other spots as well. I ran just left of the recirc, right of the log sticking up. The rocks seem like they have good pin potential and there's junk in this dam. This is the last CL3 I know about.
I would look to take out here next time since the scenery is not great after this and you'll hear and see the Thruway. There may be parking on Waldron Ter., which can be accessed by taking 7 Lakes Drive. Make a right on Waldron and drive until you see the signs 'Do not pass'; the dam is on you right. There're easy rapids until I took out when I saw a flagpole on my right. It turned out I was in back of a factory or something. It seems you can park here since there was ample parking and not real busy and no signs that I saw.
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