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Difficulty III-V+
Length 7.5 Miles
Gauge SACANDAGA RIVER NEAR HOPE NY
Flow Range 2000 - 15000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 486 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/12/2016 2:32 pm

River Description


Tim Trezise shared:
The Middle is a great run when everything else has dropped after a long amount of rain. It holds water from the two big slow-draining lakes and still cranks class V rapids when everything else is back to low levels. Put in at the Old Rte. 30 bridge upstream from Christine Falls or just start at or below Christine Falls (you need a lot of water coming over the dam to flirt with Christine). Do not trespass on or around the dam. Finding a starting spot below the dam when the water is high is very tricky. Creative seal starts work. Be careful of the undercut left wall at the bottom of the drop.
Run Christine's Revenge (just downstream - finishing at the powerhouse). Revenge is about a 10' falls on the right and a bumpy slide on the left. At high water the hole below the falls can be very frothy and retentive; you may opt for the left slide.
Boogie water to Roadside Falls (when low, run the slide/slot right; when high, go for the big-air boof left and stay out of the hole). Get some video action here.
A bunch of boat-scoutable horizon lines and fun slides & more boogie water take you to the flatwater before Austin Falls.
When you see the rapids forming again, get out and scout on the left, using the old road. The upper section is a powerful slide (V) with undercut/pinning rocks on the right. You can run the lower IV+ section into the big curly tube or waterfall - depending on if it is low or medium. The Groove Tube (at low-medium water) is a very unique river feature that is fun to paddle right into and emerge airborne on when coming out the other side. High water is dangerous, fast and powerful V+--not recommended. The Class-IV runout of Austin below the Groove Tube is a great series of slides and boulder drops. Mellow class II brings you to the old bridge (optional takeout) or blast through 2 miles of flatwater to the class-III entrance to Auger (VI).
Take out right before Screaming Right Hand Turn. Carry or die. One boater accidentally was swept over the falls and survived by an act of God. The gorge below Auger is V, tapering to IV to III to II, finishing in over a mile at the Rte. 8 Bridge. Take out about 200 meters past the bridge on the left along a secondary road. Watch out for poison ivy.


Portage: Auger Falls

 

South-Eastern Adirondack Area Reaches

Batten Kill                                          Beecher Creek                                         County Line Brook

Dunning Creek                                  East Stony Creek                                  Elbow Creek

Georgia Brook                                   Glen Creek                                             Holmes Lake Outlet

Hudson (3. Riparius to the Glen)       Hudson (4.)                                              Hudson (5.)

Hudson (6.)                                       Jimmy Creek                                             Mill Creek (Hudson trib.)

North Creek                                       Pike Brook                                                Piseco Outlet

Roaring Branch                                  Sacandaga (1.)                                        Sacandaga (2.)

Sacandaga, E. Branch (1.)                Sacandaga, E. Branch (2.)                       Sacandaga, E. Branch (3.)

Sacandaga, Middle Branch               Sacandaga, W. Branch (Upper)                Sacandaga, W. Branch (Lower) 

Sand Creek                                       Schroon (Starbuckville to Riverbank)         Schroon (Warrensburg to Thurman Station)

Stony Creek (1.)                                 Stony Creek (2.)                                    Tenant Creek

Wolf Creek

 

Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group

 

Rapid Descriptions

Christine Falls

Class - V Mile - 0
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Mileages are based on putting in at Christine Falls and are a rough guess. Lat/longitude coords may be off.

Christine's Revenge

Class - IV Mile - 0.1

Roadside Falls

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.4
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Austin Falls

Class - V Mile - 2.2
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Auger Falls

Class - VI Mile - 4.6
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Portage or Die.

Auger Gorge

Class - IV+ Mile - 4.7
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Tim Trezise
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8 years ago

The Middle is a great run with a lot of intense action. It is many times good when everything else has dropped after a long amount of rain. It holds water from the two big slow-draining lakes and still cranks class V rapids when everything else is back to low levels. Put-in at the Old Rt. 30 bridge upstream from Christine Falls (V) or just start at or below Christine Falls (you need a lot of water coming over the dam to flirt with Christine. Do not trespass on or around the dam. Finding a starting spot below the dam when the water is high is very tricky. Creative seal starts work. Be careful of the undercut left wall at the bottom of the drop. Run Christine's Revenge (IV+) just downstream - finishing at the powerhouse). Revenge is about a 10' falls on the right and a bumpy slide on the left. At high water the hole below the falls can be very frothy and retentive, you may opt for the left slide. Boogie water to Roadside Falls (IV-IV+) When low, run the slide/slot right, when high go for the big air boof left and stay out of the hole) Get some video action: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvvFBhYlKew) or just type in "Adirondack Whitewater 01" on Youtube. A bunch of boat-scoutable horizon lines and fun slides & more boogie water take you to the flatwater before Austin Falls. When you see the rapids forming again get out and scout on the left, using the old road. Upper section is a powerful slide (V) with undercut rocks on the right. You can run the lower IV+ section into the big curly tube or waterfall - depending on if it is low or medium. The GROOVE TUBE (at low-medium water) is a very unique river feature that is fun to paddle right into and emerge airborne on when coming out the other side. High water is dangerous, fast and powerful V+, not recommended. Class IV runout of Austin below the GROOVE TUBE is a great series of slides and boulder drops. Much of the time when the rest of the run is too low, you can still run Austin Falls - just drive down the old abandoned Rt 30 and park at the falls and run laps. For video action of Austin Falls at low water (without the Groove Tube at the falls) type in Adirondack Whitewater 02 on Youtube or check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkCuoo7XKHU Mellow class II brings you to the old bridge (optional take out) or blast through 2 miles of flatwater and open old hardwoods to where the forest changes back to hemlocks and pines with the class III entrance to Auger (VI). Take out on right before screaming right hand turn. Carry or die. One boater accidently was swept over the falls and survived by an act of God. The gorge below Auger is V tapering to IV to III to II, finishing in over a mile at the Rt. 8 Bridge. Take out about 200 meters past bridge on left along secondary road. Watch out for poison ivy.

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Tim Trezise
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8 years ago

Rapids listed in sequential order, not including the many continuous class III boogie water sections: Christine Falls (V), Christine's Revenge (IV), Roadside Falls (IV-V), Ledges (III), Austin Falls (V), Flatwater Intermission, Writing on the Wall (III approach to Auger), Auger Falls (VI), Auger Gorge (V - IV), (photos coming soon)

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

1/3/2020
Bob Nasdor

Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.




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Moose River Video

1/18/2011
Mark Singleton

2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers!  View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.

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1200143 05/21/11 Matt Muir Added fuller description from comment.
1200135 05/19/11 Matt Muir Added abstract & text from comment.
1200168 05/23/11 Matt Muir Added old photo; changed name; fixed Austin Falls description.
1206179 04/12/16 Alex Barham Added local info