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
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.
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.
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.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Flats at put in...
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looking to peel-out
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