Beaver - 3. Taylorville Section

Beaver, New York, US


3. Taylorville Section

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 0.8 Miles

Great White Slide

Great White Slide
Photo by Harry A. Marinakis, M.D. taken 06/01/99

River Description

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 Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0BeaveratorIVPutin Hazard Photo Video
0.2Great White SlideIIIPhoto
0.5Powerline BoofIVPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

Beaverator (Class IV)
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Avoiding the munchy hole

Avoiding the munchy hole
Photo of Sharon Heller by Bubba taken 07/15/01

(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 0.2)

Great White Slide

Great White Slide
Photo by Harry A. Marinakis, M.D. taken 06/01/99

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.

Dogleg (Class III+, Mile 0.3)

Carolyn crashin through the hole

Carolyn crashin through the hole
Photo of Carolyn Wiggins by Bubba

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.

Mindscrambler (Class III, Mile 0.3)
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 0.5)

Kayak in Space

Kayak in Space
Photo of Karen Petit by Matt Muir (KHCC) taken 09/04/99

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.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
March 21 2011 (2557 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
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.
July 7 2007 (3910 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
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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September 2017

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
400-400 cfs

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
400-400 cfs

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
400-400 cfs

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
400-400 cfs

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
400-400 cfs


Beaver - Taylorville Section Release Lowville,NY runs 09/03/16 - 09/23/17
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  • Beaver Relicensing (NY)
    AW worked on restoring several boating flows to the Beaver River through a relicensing process, which concluded in 1999.

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