West Canada Creek, S. Branch - Fayle Road to Nobleboro

West Canada Creek, S. Branch, New York, US


Fayle Road to Nobleboro

Usual Difficulty II-III+ (for normal flows)
Length 5.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 36 fpm

Surf Spot

Surf Spot
Photo of Hans Merritt by Adrian taken 04/15/06 @ 3000+ @ Wilmurt

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01343060 2500 - 10000 cfs II-III+ 01h06m 428 cfs (too low)

River Description

The South Branch of The West Canada:


This is an exciting stretch of river. It follows route 8 south from Fayle Road to the Bridge at Nobleboro. The scenic lookout at Nobleboro (Haskell Road) is a great place to meet up with fellow paddlers.


15 - 20 minutes of flatwater paddling warms you up after the put-in. About a mile or more of Class II, a short break and then 2+ miles of II-III. This is a fast run, less than 2 hours to cover over 5 miles of water. It is rocky at low levels and really pushy at higher levels.


For a full day of paddling combine this with West Canada, North Branch: Big Brook to Route 8


Other rivers nearby:


Tug Hill - Old Forge Area Reaches

Beaver (1. Moshier)                               Beaver (2. Eagle)                                 Beaver (3. Taylorville)

Black (1.)                                                Black (2.)                                             Black (3.)

Black (4.)                                                Black (5.)                                             Black, S. Branch

Cincinnati Creek                                     Crystal Creek                                       Deer River (Section 1)

Deer River (Section 2)                        Fish Creek, E. Branch                          Independence River (1. Upper) 

Independence River (2. Main)               Indian (S.Br. Moose trib.)                     Little Black Creek

Little Woodhull Creek                             Mad River                                           Mill Creek 

Mohawk (1.)                                           Moose (1. Middle)                                Moose (2. Lower) 

Moose (3. Bottom)                                 Moose, Middle Branch                          Moose, S. Branch (1.)  

Moose, S. Branch (2.)                            Negro Brook                                       Otter Creek  

Roaring Brook (Brokeback Gorge)    West Canada Creek (1.)                      West Canada Creek (2. Ohio Gorge) 

West Canada Creek, S. Branch                Woodhull Creek (Upper)                     Woodhull Creek (Middle) 

Woodhull Creek (Miracle Mile)


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Last Updated: 2016-04-14 18:53:25


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Fayle Road BridgeIPutin
1.0Part 1III
2.8Part 2III
5.4Nobleboro Bridge WaveIITakeout Playspot

Rapid Descriptions

Fayle Road Bridge (Class I)
Fayle Road is about 6 miles north on Route 8 from the bridge at Nobleboro. The Put-In is on flat-water. 15 minutes of paddling to the first rapids.

Part 1 (Class III, Mile 1.0)
A house appears on river left and a cable is suspended across the river. This marks the beginning of Part 1. 1.5 Miles of II-III water. Bouldery and narrow but lots of fun.

Part 2 (Class III, Mile 2.8)
A hundred yards of flatwater where the river widens up and has a couple islands and deep spots mark the beginning of Part 2. Part 2 is longer, (2 miles) of consistent class II-III.

Nobleboro Bridge Wave (Class II, Mile 5.4)
You can take out right above it on river right at the scenic lookout or take out below it river right near the bridge. This old dam poses no threat and is a decent playspot, but nothing to write home about.

User Comments

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May 22 2011 (2762 days ago)
John AllenDetails
I have to agree with the above comment, and he may have been a bit easy on his comment. We ran it
today at 2000 and i will never consider it at that level again. The second (2 mile long) rapid
would be better run on an 4x4 ATV at 1000.

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