Black - 6. Route 3 Wave

Black, New York, US


6. Route 3 Wave

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)

Route 3 Wave

Route 3 Wave
Photo of Kathy Rombach, Sharon Heller, Bubba and DJ O'Neill

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04260500 1400 - 2100 cfs II 01h15m 4390 cfs (too high)

River Description

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.)


Watertown Area Reaches:

Black River (Rt. 3 Wave)       Black River (Watertown to Brownville)      

Black Creek                            Deer River (Section 1)      

Deer River (Section 2)           Roaring Brook (Brokeback Gorge)   

Salmon River (Section 1)      Salmon River (Section 2)      

Sandy Creek                            South Sandy Creek (Section 1)      

South Sandy Creek (Section 2)             Mad River     

Mill Creek                                  Negro Brook


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StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-03-28 21:05:37


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