Wallkill - Walden to route 213 at Sturgeon Pool

Wallkill, New York, US


Walden to route 213 at Sturgeon Pool

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 30 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01371500 400 - 4000 cfs I-II 02h08m 1330 cfs (running)
These are very rough guesses. Most of the Wallkill isn't particularly shallow, and is probably boatable at very low flows, with only short stretches becoming t

River Description

Lat/longitude coords and mileage are approximate, from TopoZone.

The Wallkill is a long, and mostly calm river flowing through suburban and farm areas. As a result of flowing through farms in northern New Jersey and Orange County New York the river will be less than pristine by the time it reaches Walden. It would be possible to put in considerably further upstream if one wanted. This river is much more suited to canoes or other boats that will reduce the paddler's intimacy with the water.

Just below a significant dam in Walden there are some minor rapids and another small dam before the river becomes flat and slow for most of the distance to the take out. Another short stretch of rapids (using the term loosely)  about 3.5 miles below the route 44/55 bridge in Gardiner probably determines the lower range at which this whole section could be paddled, though it would be possible to portage along the road.

Shortly after passing under the NY Thruway bridge about 8 miles downstream of New Paltz the river reaches another significant dam at Dashville. There is a small park on route 213, at the covered bridge immediately after the thruway bridge, and this is probably the best place to end a trip on the Wallkill, particularly at anything beyond relatively modest levels.

If one wishes to make the long portage past the Dashville dam (or put in below it) the river continues another 2 miles before reaching the Sturgeon Pool, which is created by the river's last hydroelectric dam. Continuing beyond the Sturgeon Pool will require a long portage around the 120' high dam to reach the final 1/4 mile of the Wallkill River. It is reportedly possible to park on Coutant Road, on the left (west) side of the river below the dam and walk through the woods to reach the river. It would also be possible to paddle about 3 miles down Rondout Creek (really a small, calm river at this point) to a NY state public access on Creek Locks Road.



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 



Downstate New York Area Reaches

Beer Kill                                          Beer Kill, W. Branch   

Callicoon Creek, E. Branch            Callicoon Creek, N. Branch 

Coxing Kill                                      Croton 

Delaware (1.)                                 Delaware (2. Mongaup Wave)

Delaware (3.)                                 Fishkill Creek 

Mombaccus Creek                         Mongaup 

Moodna Creek                               Neversink (1.) 

Neversink (2.)                                Neversink, E. Branch  

Peters Kill                                       Pocantico 

Popolopen Brook                           Ramapo 

Rochester Creek                            Rondout Creek (1.) 

Rondout Creek (2.)                        Rondout Creek (3.) 

Sandburg Creek                             Stony Brook (1.) 

Stony Brook (2.)                             Wallkill 

Wappinger Creek


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Last Updated: 2016-04-26 13:29:55


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