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Difficulty II-III+
Length 5.4 Miles
Flow Range 2500 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 59 minutes ago 500 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/14/2016 6:53 pm

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)


Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group



Rapid Descriptions

Fayle Road Bridge

Class - I Mile - 0
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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
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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
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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
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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.


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John Allen
8 years ago

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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10 years ago

At 1000cfs this is a super scratchy run that is only a class II at most. Best leave it alone without more water. (madmike) Update, ran it on Oct. 3 2010 at 2000cfs. Still a class II cruiser and a bottom bruiser. More than 2000 would be desirable.

Gage Descriptions

This is a reading from the gage on West Canada Creek, and therefore it should be seen as only a rough guide.

Your best bet for good levels here is after some natural rainfall when the gauge reads above 1400 cfs.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Army Corps Study Threatens Lehigh River Boating

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

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.


Alex Barham


Matthew Sudol


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206226 04/14/16 Alex Barham Added local info
1191250 04/09/06 Matthew Sudol n/a