Black, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (for normal flows)|
|BLACK RIVER AT WATERTOWN NY|
|usgs-04260500||1400 - 2100 cfs||II||01h33m||8000 cfs (too high)|
Update: A rock has once again become lodged upstream of the wave. Until further notice the wave is no longer surfable.
This is a popular after-work park-n-playspot for locals who don't have time to run the whole Black. The other great park and play is at Hole Brothers.
This is also the site of a controversial proposal to alter the riverbed in order to provide a hole/wave that'll be attractive to high-level playdogs and international competitions. Some paddlers are concerned that messing with the riverbed might ruin a good thing; others believe that improving the playspot will give a jumpstart to efforts to improve water quality all over this historically abused, urbanized stream.
There are two putins to this p-n-p (the coordinates for which are listed below, as the putin and takeout): either park at Waterworks Park on Huntington St., hike down a longish trail and paddle upstream to the wave, or park off Rte. 3 (off Huntington St., just South of where Rte. 3 crosses the river), walk across the rocky dam runout and paddle downstream a short bit to your play. (See the map.)
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