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Difficulty III
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 2.30 - 10.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1.88 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/14/2016 6:46 pm

River Description

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.

See also:


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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Rapid Descriptions


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The put-in can be found about a mile down Moose River road coming from Route 28 in McKeever. The old put-in used to be the gauging station, but now there is a parking lot farther down river you can go to and cut out about 3/4 mile of flatwater paddling.


Class - III Mile - 1
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This is a 2 part rapid and is the most technical of any on this section of the river. Novices should scout. The best and most exciting line is staying river right, and hugging the big rock over a 3 foot drop into a meaty hole.

House Rock

Class - III Mile - 2
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House Rock is punctuated by an enormous rock rising out of the center of the river. It is slightly undercut, but not too much to worry about at normal levels.


Class - III Mile - 2.8
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Dogleg wraps hard right and then back to the left around a big rock. You can paddle right up to the first hole and pull out river left to take a closer look.

Rock Island

Class - II+ Mile - 3
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You can take out above or below Rock Island. At 3ft or more a little hole river right becomes a fun play spot.


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At 3' these raps are a low class III. Easy

Gage Descriptions

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

"...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."

Directions Description

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AW Launches Adirondacks River Restoration Campaign

Robert Nasdor

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.

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Moose River Video

Mark Singleton

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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AW is going to Moosefest! (NY)

Jeffrey Paine

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.


Matthew Sudol


Matt Muir


Alex Barham


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