Saw Kill - Shady to Reservoir #2

Saw Kill, New York, US


Shady to Reservoir #2 (Bearsville and Woodstock)

Usual Difficulty II-V (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01362500 6.50 - 10.00 ft II-V 01h06m 4.56 ft (too low)
6.5 and rising is the minimum

River Description

This is a combination of what Squires called the Bearsville and Woodstock sections in New York Exposed, Vol. 2


The upper section starting in Shady has the hardest drops the higher you put in (Off New Keefe Hollow Road). The rest of the upper section is Class 3 and 4.  Scout when you get to the Shady bridge. After Shady the run is solid Class 3 all the way to Bearsville.

Squires warned in his book about wood after Bearsville. The hurricanes caused the creek to jump the banks and pushed the majority of the wood out, for now. Proceed with caution or take out.

The standard putin for the Woodstock section is to put in on Tannery brook which is located off Waterfall Way, near the small bridge on the main drag, however this misses some nice ledges which are located behind the town offices. To run them put in at the Yerry Hill Road bridge.

The lower section has boogy water between ledge drops, mellowing out as the gradient decreases.

The takeout is located on Chestnut Hill Road, just before the creek dumps into a reservoir.



Catskills Area Reaches

Basic Creek                               Batavia Kill                                    Bear Kill 

Beaver Kill (Delaware Trib)       Beaver Kill (Hudson Trib)              Beer Kill 

Beer Kill, W. Branch                  Bowery Creek                                Bush Kill 

Callicoon Creek, E. Branch       Callicoon Creek, N. Branch           Catskill Creek (1.) 

Catskill Creek (2.)                     Catskill Creek (4.)                          Claverack Creek 

Coxing Kill                                 Delaware                                       Delaware, E. Branch 

Delaware, W. Branch                Little Delaware                               Dry Brook 

East Kill                                     Esopus Creek (1)                           Esopus Creek (2) 

Esopus Creek (3)                      Esopus Creek (4)                           Esopus Creek (5) 

Hannacrois Creek                     Kaaterskill Creek (1.)                     Kaaterskill Creek (2.) 

Kinderhook Creek  (3.)              Kiskatom Creek                             Mombaccus Creek 

Mill Brook                                   Neversink (1.)                               Neversink, E. Branch 

Neversink, W. Branch                 Peters Kill                                     Platte Kill 

Plattekill Creek                            Potic Creek                                  Roeliff Jansen Kill (1) 

Roeliff Jansen Kill (2)                  Rochester Creek                          Rondout Creek (1) 

Rondout Creek (2)                     Rondout Creek (3)                        Sandburg Creek 

Saw Kill (1)                                 Saw Kill (2)                                    Saw Kill (3) 

Schoharie Creek (1.)                  Schoharie Creek (2.)                    Shingle Kill Creek 

Squirmer Creek                          Stony Clove Creek                        Ten Mile Creek 

Thorp Creek                               Tremper Kill                                   Wallkill 

West Kill                                      Woodland Creek                            Vly Creek 


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