Great Chazy - Chazy Lake to Miner Lake

Great Chazy, New York, US


Chazy Lake to Miner Lake (Upper)

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 70 fpm

Danny Falls

Danny Falls
Photo by Michael Szadkowski taken 10/21/11

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
- 1550 - 5000 cfs II-III(IV) cfs
usgs-04271500 1550 - 4500 cfs II-III(IV) 83h04m 327 cfs (too low)

River Description

Small stream runs in the spring with snow melt, or after heavy rain.

First couple of miles below Chazy lake is not worth paddling due to trees in the river. Instead, put-in off the Jerhico road.

Stream starts very small. Proceed cautiously because stream-wide strainers are likely. Rapids are easy, class I-II, but fairly continuous.

After about 1 mile, stream starts to widen. Soon after, encouter a section with a couple of small drop/slides (class II/III) and fun slide sections. After this, rapids return to continuous class I/II to the Lash road bridge, at approx. 3 miles.

Many parties start here, and skip the section above.

In this lower section, you will encounter a class III drop, and a second 10 ft, class IV drop, with easier whitewater in between.

The class IV drop may be unrunnable at lower water levels. The class IV drop will be found after the river turns away from the road, a little downstream from the Rabideau Rd. bridge. Look for a couple of camps on the right, near where the stream takes a right hand turn. The owners of the camps have so far been very friendly and welcoming of paddlers scouting or carrying on their property.

At certain levels, there are some nice play spots on this lower section.

Take out at the downstream bridge on Rabideau road.


Plattsburgh Area Reaches

Ausable (Ausable Chasm)                                       Ausable, E. Branch

Ausable, W. Branch (4. High Falls Gorge)               Ausable, W. Branch (5. The Flume)

Ausable, W. Branch (Section 6)                               Black Brook

Boquet, S. Branch                                                Boquet, N. Branch

Chateaugay                                                             Great Chazy (Chazy Lake to Miner Lake)

Great Chazy (Miner Lake to Mooers)                      Great Chazy, North Branch

Little Black Brook                                                     Little Trout

Marble                                                                    Salmon

Salmon (Lake Champlain)                                        Saranac (Permanent Rapids)

Saranac (1. Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)          Saranac (2. Silver Lake Road to Redford)

Saranac (3. High Falls Gorge)                                 Saranac (Sec. 4)

Styles Brook 

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Last Updated: 2016-04-05 22:04:20

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 22 2006 (4591 days ago)
Steven BaileyDetails
Note: The below comment is a good one, but note that this is the SECOND bridge you go under for
Rabideau road. The river between the two bridges is great and not to be missed!
October 31 2005 (4794 days ago)
Charles LeducDetails
Be sure to take out at Rabideau Road, not downstream. Below is Mohawk Territory, and trust me they
will make you turn back and paddle upstream, no matter how kind, persuasive, agressive, or armed
you can be.

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