Difficulty III-IV
Length 0.8 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
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Reach Info Last Updated 05/03/2020 6:53 pm

River Description

River Guide Video

  Releasing on weekends in September, this is the easiest of the three Beaver sections. This one-mile stretch offers an introduction to creeking. It's easy to shuttle up and run it two, three, or (pushing it!) four times in a release day.

Also see the Moshier Section (Class IV-V), which runs on Labor Day weekend, the Eagle Section (Class V-V+), which runs on a similar schedule to the Taylorville Section, and the Raquette River, Stone Valley Section.

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)


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Rapid Descriptions


Class - IV Mile - 0
(Some call it "Come Home to Jesus," but that sounds too much like a rapid on the Lower Meadow. I prefer this name.) After a couple of eddies, the signature of this rapid is a big, munching hole, which is grabby enough to give a serious beatdown to some excellent boaters. You can avoid it with a right-to-left boof, or you can sneak it down the far right, or if you're really ballsy, you can try to punch the hole. (Tell yer buds to have a throw rope handy.)

Great White Slide

Class - III Mile - 0.17
A long slide, this one is pretty straightforward. Run down the center, and power left or right to avoid the big hole at the bottom. Scout from the right.


Class - III+ Mile - 0.26
Just after the Great White Slide pool, you can go right or left of the island. Right is a technical rapid with ledgy holes at the beginning; Left of the island is easier.


Class - III Mile - 0.32
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Those who run the left side of the island will find a short, narrow sluice before the pool. Those who've run the right side usually take out on river left and hike up to run this thing. It looks intimidating, but it's short and if it flips you, there's a large recovery pool.

Powerline Boof

Class - IV Mile - 0.53
This rapid gives a choice: either boof on the right, or run a short slide on the left. The boof is the harder move; it requires a hard right-to-left drive to get off the flake. Get a little right, and you risk running an ugly channel on the right. Lots of skin has been donated here.

Whether you run the right or the left, the river snakes around to the left, through a couple of holes culminating in an 8-foot boofy drop. It's a short paddle through a shallow rock garden to the takeout, where you get to surf one or two nice play waves before shuttling back upstream to do it again.


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David Hoddinott
3 months ago

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.

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Robert Farmer
9 years ago

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.

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Matt Muir
13 years ago

Eric Adsit 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.

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Release Schedule

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Gage Descriptions

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 12
Sat. September 19
Sun. September 26

Eagle section of the Beaver (all releases 1 PM-5 PM, 200 cfs):
Sun. September 6
Mon. September 7 (Labor Day)
Sat. September 12
Sat. September 19
Sun. 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 PM
Sat. July 25: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 5 PM
Sat. August 8: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 5 PM
Sat. August 22: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 5 PM
Sat. September 5: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 6 PM; 900 cfs from 2:30 PM-4 PM
Mon. September 7: 720 cfs from 8 AM - 4 PM; full release from 10 AM to 3 PM

Directions Description

Directions (see the stylized Beaver map or the Google Map): The Beaver River originates from Stillwater Reservoir in the western section of the Adirondack Park northeast of the village of Lowville. The area is undeveloped and camping is available throughout the area.
Most boaters will reach the Beaver via Interstate 81 north of Syracuse, NY.
Exit I-81 at Adams Center and take NY 177 east to West Lowville.
At that point, take NY 12 to Lowville.
In Lowville, take NY 812 north toward Croghan.
Immediately before 812 crosses the Beaver River, turn right onto Belfort Road and proceed to Belfort, NY.
In Belfort, the road will "T" immediately in front of the Belfort Inn.
Turn right and travel 100 yards before turning right onto a road that leads to the Taylorville powerhouse.
Just before the Taylorville powerhouse, a dirt access road leads upstream to the Taylorville Reservoir and the put-in.

Terrific campsites are available at the Soft Maple Campground (315/346-1756), centrally located between the Taylorville and Eagle runs. Boaters also often crash at the Moshier put-in. However, camping at the Taylorville put-in is no longer permitted after reports of public nudity and midnight low-water descents of the drops at Taylorville were brought to the attention of Orion.

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AW Launches Adirondacks River Restoration Campaign

Robert Nasdor

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.

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Another Great Labor Day Weekend on the Beaver

Alan Panebaker


“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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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.


Allie Burhans


Bob Nasdor


Alex Barham


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214747 04/26/20 Allie Burhans updated description
1209645 08/26/19 Bob Nasdor updated image position
1214774 04/27/20 Allie Burhans updated description
1214775 04/27/20 Allie Burhans updated description
1214844 05/03/20 Alex Barham updated description
1214776 04/27/20 Allie Burhans updated description
1201568 08/26/19 Matt Muir Updated 2012 schedule
1199827 08/26/19 Matt Muir Updated release schedule.
1199918 08/26/19 Matt Muir Updated release schedule.
1209642 08/26/19 Bob Nasdor Delete old release dates
1197351 08/26/19 Matt Muir 2010 Release Schedule
1206197 08/26/19 Alex Barham Added local info
1195135 08/26/19 Matt Muir Fixed release schedule.
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