Ausable, W. Branch - 5. The Flume

Ausable, W. Branch, New York, US


5. The Flume

Usual Difficulty V+ (for normal flows)
Length 0.25 Miles
Avg. Gradient 260 fpm
Max Gradient 260 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04275500 900 - 1500 cfs V+ 48h02m 484 cfs (too low)

River Description

Guidebook: Adirondack Canoe Waters, North Flow, by Paul Jamieson and Don Morris, published by Adirondack Mountain Club.
Bobby "ZoneDogg" Miller shared on 2005-07-01:
Joe Stumpfel and I ran this section at on Sunday, June 26 at about 500 cfs on the Au Sable gauge. It was a good flow for the Gorge, but the Flume itself was too low. The left (where most of the water goes) drops into a horrible pothole. The right (a 25-30 foot drop through a narrow notch) would have been runnable with a little more water. We did a 20+ foot seal launch on the cliff on the right. The drop above the Flume (a narrowly constricted 15-foot double drop) was still pretty heavy at this low flow and would probably be real beefy with more water. Demon Falls (just downstream of the Flume) was a fun 8-10 foot drop. Overall, this is a pretty cool park-n-huck that would be great to combine with the Whiteface section--probably would be pretty good at 1000 cfs on the Au Sable gauge.


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 21:52:14

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