This is the jewel of the Beaver. It begins with a couple of easy waterfalls, followed by some technical rapids; the last rapid, Moshier Falls, is a long, technical Class V. Moshier Falls is easily accessible from the takeout, which yields quite a number of spectators with cameras and video cameras. It's a serious rapid, with body-beating rocks and an undercut cave. The trail on the right does double-duty as a portage route and an attainment trail for those who want to rerun it.
Also see the Taylorville Section (Class III), and the Eagle Section (Class V), both of which run on weekends in September. See also the Raquette (Stone Valley) Section (Class V), which has two releases on Labor Day weekend.
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.
Terrific campsites are available at the Soft Maple Campground 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.
Moshier Falls, the last rapid on this reach, has a very nasty sieve on River Left. Just downstream of the boater in the photo above, a paddler got sucked under a rock on Aug. 31, 2003. Quick action by boaters with ropes helped stabilize him and get him out of the hazard. Moshier Falls is no place to swim!
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.
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 one's optional; you have to paddle upstream and then hike your boat uphill to run this steep, rock-infested slide; most boaters don't. But more seem to be running it each year.
After the pool at the putin, you'll see a huge mass of boaters, waiting, scouting, taking photos...for the First Falls. This is about the easiest waterfall you'll ever run. Just don't find yourself a little too far right, as you'll find yourself in a nasty crease that's separated some good paddlers from their boats.
After you've run it, paddle over to the right side and walk back up for a cool drop that's not as vertical as this one.
This one has a nice auto-boof feature. It can wash you up on the rocks about 10 feet away from the landing zone, so be careful. After this drop, head right for some rocky gnar.
After the second falls is a complex, shallow, rocky thing, Head far right for the eddy. Really try to stay upright through this thing. Your face will thank you.
This is the big one, the reason why the Moshier's such a gem. It's four drops in quick succession--kinda like a narrow, steep version of Lost Paddle. Use the trail on river right to scout or portage or walk back up for another run.
Spectators can get here for photos or just to watch the fun by walking downstream a couple hundred yards from the takeout and using the footbridge to cross the stream to the river-right trail.
Don't be fooled, the last section of four drops is solid Class 5 at release levels. There are easier drops upstream, one of which in particular gets run multiple times by athletic boaters willing to carry back to the top; it's about a 10-12 footer. If your mortality is never in doubt, feel free to portage the final four drops on the right, a common strategy.
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 one weekend in September, usually Sunday of Labor Day weekend.2020 Release: Sunday September 6, 10 AM - 2 PM (400cfs.)
Other releases in 2020:
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 26Stone 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.
Left Boof, Moshier Falls
Carnage on the spillway
Moshier Run Beaver River
Scouting the put-in slide
Ted DeVoe runs the Put-in slide
Adam Herzog runs the Slide
Mmm, Mmm, Beaver
You are clear for take-off
Ramping it up on the Mosier
Rescue at Moshier Falls
Her First Waterfall
First Falls on the Moshier
One-Bladed Even !
See her braids ?
Testing out his new Micro 230
Settin' up for the next drop...
DJ in Last Drop
DJ approaching last drop of Moshier Falls
Moshier Section Falls
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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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