Posted by Chris Koll:
The releases are a product of negotiations by American Whitewater that resulted in a series of 11 whitewater releases during a typical year spread over three challenging sections of Beaver River whitewater. The sections are dry except for release days when Orion Power allows water to spill back into the natural river bed creating whitewater runs ranging from class 3 to class 5.
The runs are typically short--varying in length from one to four miles--and on most release days water is scheduled on two different parts of the river. Boaters can easily paddle one section of the Beaver in the morning and then catch a second section in the afternoon.
The whitewater sections include the Taylorville run, a 1.5-mile stretch that features six class 3-4 drops. While some of the drops appear intimidating--particularly a steep 30-foot slide--the rapids are fairly straightforward and are appropriate for strong intermediate paddlers looking for an introduction to steep creeking.
The Moshier section is the jewel of the river, a 4-mile run that includes two runnable waterfalls, a number of easy class-3 rapids, and concludes with a long, technical class-5 rapid composed of four discernible drops. The section is appropriate for experts or strong intermediates with judicious scouting and/or portaging.
The Eagle section is short and demanding. Only a mile in length, the run starts off with four class 5 drops where the river drops the equivalent of 475 fpm. Eagle is a demanding expert run.
Questions regarding the Beaver can be directed to Chris Koll by email or by calling 315-652-8397.
And now for something completely different: Click here, here, and here for Karl Gesslein's view of the Beaver. (Clicking will open up a new browser window.) If you like that, check out some more drawings here.
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
Worth noting that Mindscrambler has a habit of making inexperienced paddlers smack their heads on a rock as they flip in it. Ran it twice, smacked head twice. I spoke to a local guide, who said that you could paint a target on the rock where it happens, and get quite a few bullseyes per release. Wear a good helmet.
This is a great section of slide-after-slide-after-slide. If you put in as high as possible, you can warm up with a Class 5 move that gives better-than-even odds of kicking your butt. Putting in lower will line you up for a giant slide 60-70 feet long (not high). It's not really that easy, either, although it kind of looks like it should be. From the pool below, there is a choice of two routes, then a cavalcade of small slides and drops that will freeze your face into a permanent grin---or at least an all-night grin. Your fun-meter will be pegged at redline, for sure.
This section of the Beaver can be run at much lower flows, down to 700 cfs I believe. It is very scrapy and less enjoyable but still runnable. It makes for a great afternoon run in the summer after a decent rain.
We have had releases on this reach but don't show any currently. This information is
gathered by the public. If you know about releases then contact us about them. If
you would volunteer to enter the releases, then reach out to us.
Releases on some September weekends. Here's the confirmed Beaver / Raquette release schedule for 2020:
Taylorville section of the Beaver (all releases 10 AM-2 PM, 400 cfs):Sat. September 5 Mon. September 7 (Labor Day)Sat. September 12Sat. September 19Sun. September 26
Eagle section of the Beaver (all releases 1 PM-5 PM, 200 cfs):Sun. September 6Mon. September 7 (Labor Day)Sat. September 12Sat. September 19Sun. September 26
Moshier section of the Beaver (10 AM-2 PM release, 400 cfs):Sun. September 6
Stone Valley section of the Raquette:Sat. July 11: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 5 PMSat. July 25: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 5 PMSat. August 8: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 5 PMSat. August 22: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 5 PMSat. September 5: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 6 PM; 900 cfs from 2:30 PM-4 PMMon. September 7: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 4 PM; full release from 10 AM to 3 PM
Permits are not required for this reach.
Meryl on the Beaver Slide
Phil "Bubba" Sisk on the Big Slide
Beaverator red boat
Yellow Boat Beaveratored
Beaverator green boat
Dirk Digler enjoys Beaver
Enter The Draggin'
Sliding on Down
Big Beaver Slide
Jim on the slide
Just rolled up
"Rope" 1/2 way down Corkscrew
The Great Slide
Derek's Best Boof
Taylorville, Third & Fourth Drop
Taylorville 2nd & 3rd Drop
Taylorville First Drop
What is up with this guy?
2nd Surf Wave/Hole
Marty Surfin First Wave
Sharon, DJ, Carolyn et al last rapid
Carolyn crashin through the hole
The Big Slide
Avoiding the munchy hole
Great White Slide
Kayak in Space
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American Whitewater is launching the Adirondacks River Restoration Campaign to restore and improve river flows for aquatic ecosystems and to improve recreation opportunities across the region. Over the next 10 years, more than 50 hydroelectric dams in New York are scheduled to get new 30 to 50-year federal licenses, creating a once in a generation opportunity to improve river conditions. In the Black River Basin alone, there are more than 20 hydropower dams on the Black, Beaver, and Moose rivers that will begin the relicensing process in the next year, and American Whitewater will need to participate with other partners in order to mitigate project impacts and achieve river restoration goals. Through these efforts, we will restore flows to dewatered river reaches, improve existing flows, enhance public access, and benefit communities throughout the region.
“Don’t call this a festival,” New York legend whitewater legend Chris Koll said of the original Beaver River Rendezvous in 1998.
The three-day event has stayed true to that mantra, despite the popular “Beaverfest” dubbing, the event lacks any sort of commercial qualities. Just great whitewater.
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