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
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New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group
The Gauge is in Gardiner, about midway along this stretch, and should be representative of flows on the entire stretch
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