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)
Google Map of New York Whitewater
New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group
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.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
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.
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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“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.
Northeast boaters will again have the opportunity to boat in the Adirondacks this year on the Moose, Raquette, and Beaver rivers. Be sure to mark your calendars for these releases and join us for the Moosefest and Beaver River Rendezvous this year
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