This 3-mile stretch of Moose River runs parallel with Moose River Road from the Gauge Station to the Iron Bridge. The river is only visible from the road at the put-in and then again near the take-out. There are 4 named rapids on this section of the river, considered a great run for beginners, and is even runnable throughout most of the summer months.
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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At 3' these raps are a low class III. Easy
Some say it's not worth it below 3.5', but some say it's runnable down to 2.3'.
Chris Koll explains the Moose River releases in the fall (taken from NPMB.com):
"...a scheduled Bottom Moose release has absolutely no bearing on levels in either the Middle or Lower Moose.
"Now, this entire scenario is complicated by the presence of a small dam located way upstream on the Middle Branch of the Moose adjacent to the parking lot of Slickers Tavern in Old Forge. This dam controls levels of the Fulton Chain of Lakes--an impoundment stretching for nearly 20 miles. The lake is annually drawn down for flood control and to avoid ice damage. The Black River Regulatory District has worked with me to schedule the start of this drawdown to correspond with the Moose Fest weekend (this year Oct. 18-19). The maximum amount of water that can be spilled from the small dam is around 400 cfs which isn't enough by itself to make the Moose runnable--but when combined with natural flows in the North Branch Moose and South Branch Moose, it generally equates to a minimum reading at McKeever of 3'. Obviously, McKeever can read much higher if the South and North Branches have normal or above fall flows.
"Therefore--the drawdown from the Fulton Chain does guarantee adequate or better water levels for all three sections of the Moose. But that drawdown doesn't start until October 17."
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Beginning of DogLeg Rapid
House Rock Rapid @5.5ft
"In my 2nd Life"
"New Generation of Thrill Seekin' Socialites"
House Rock rapid
2nd half of Dogleg
Entrance to Dogleg
Just below House Rock
Joe's First Combat Roll
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This weekend (Oct. 18th), come renew or start your membership with American Whitewater in Old Forge, NY at the ever-popular Moosefest. Stop by the membership table and show your love and support for your favorite whitewater non-profit. Plus meet pro paddler and Team Dagger member Corey Volt and AW's Jeff Paine who will both be manning the table.
AW will be set up at Mountainman Outdoors Supply Company on Saturday, Oct. 18th, from 4-6PM. Later on that evening AW will be setting up at one of the local pubs, Slickers, from 10PM-12AM.
2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers! View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.
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