Rondout Creek, New York, US
High Falls Dam to Rosendale
||III-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Little FallsPhoto of Ed by Steve McLuckie taken 03/07/09 @ low
Levels and Description provided by John Ditmars
Rondout Creek, High Falls to Rosendale
This is a pretty fun class 2-4 (5) river run that is accessible to both beginners and experts.
level coincides with difficulty, like most rivers, but all of the rapids have a nice recovery
which makes it a great learning river. There are also numerous play spots on the river that
come in at various levels. Intermediates and experts would probably prefer play boats on
run to ride the holes and waves the Rondout has to offer.
There are two put ins. Paddlers may choose to run Little Falls, which is a roughly 12 foot
that can have a beefy kickback. It’s been run as low as 10 feet and as high as 13 feet, as
the locals know. The best line is along the left side, just be sure to not pencil in because
a rock shelf at the bottom, instead, boof right off the peak. That shelf is along the whole
more or less. Word on the street is there’s a fun play hole above Little Falls called
The-Spot that comes in at certain levels. The other option is to put in below Little Falls.
The first rapid below Little Falls is called Spin Cycle. Spin Cycle itself is actually the very
eddy line with ripping whirlpools at the bottom. What makes running this rapid difficult
beginners is the fact that if you swim, you’re gonna get banged up a bit, and will end up
bottom in the boil and whirlies. It’s not a particularly hard rapid, a class 3 really...but
to be on top of your line.
The second rapid has no name but there’s a fun blasting hole called Blast Hole on the river
side. Above 12 feet it can be a bit sticky.
Next thing that comes up is a little low head dam. Some locals call the rapid Outta Nowhere
(class 2+/3). It can be surfed on river left at moderate to flows, and at high flows the entire
form a nice surf wave. After that is a another wave just above the island called 007, and next
it on river right is a blasting hole called The Slab. Run the right side of the island for more
You’ll come across some class 2, a couple of fun splat walls, and a few eddy lines for the
while before you come to the rapid of the day, called the Eye Ripper, class 3+4 (5). Maybe
scout this rapid before you run it. The Eye Ripper is actually the name of the burly surf
(you can’t miss it) in the middle of the drop. This is a fun rapid to play, skills
the Eye Ripper’s washout, you’ll enjoy heading left around the island (avoid the hole
on your far
left) much more than you will going right (you’ll see why).
Next rapid is The Ruins (class 3), which has some fun surfing at certain levels.
Right after that are two surf holes called Tripple Hole and it’s buddy right behind it.
Look out for
Cruise down to the take out.
Put in is in High Falls, just below the big dam. Take out is in Rosendale, at the bridge
abutments where James Street crosses over the river. Walk up the hill on either side to
you’ve parked, which probably will be in the parking lot across the street from the church
It should be noted that there is great food and drinks near both ends of the run. There are also
several excellent creeks within a few miles of the Rondout Creek. For some details see
York Exposed: The Whitewater State Volume II," by Dennis Squires. A great book, and a
must for all Eastern NY Paddlers.
Catskills Area Reaches
Beaver Kill (Delaware
Trib) Beaver Kill (Hudson
Beer Kill, W.
Branch Bowery Creek
Callicoon Creek, E.
Branch Callicoon Creek, N.
Delaware, E. Branch
Branch Little Delaware
Esopus Creek (1)
Esopus Creek (2)
Esopus Creek (5)
Kaaterskill Creek (1.)
Kaaterskill Creek (2.)
(3.) Kiskatom Creek
Neversink, E. Branch
Branch Peters Kill
Roeliff Jansen Kill
Roeliff Jansen Kill
(2) Rochester Creek
Rondout Creek (3)
Saw Kill (1)
Saw Kill (2)
Saw Kill (3)
(1.) Schoharie Creek (2.)
Shingle Kill Creek
Ten Mile Creek
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Last Updated: 2016-04-26 13:28:18