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Difficulty II-III(IV)
Length 5 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range 1550 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 second ago N/A
Reach Info Last Updated 04/05/2016 10:04 pm

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 

Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group

Rapid Descriptions


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Steven Bailey
14 years ago

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!

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Charles Leduc
14 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is far downstream, but is the best on-line indicator available.

Directions Description

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