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Difficulty II-III+(IV)
Length 2 Miles
Flow Range 2.75 - 5.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 1.87 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/07/2016 6:47 pm

River Description

This is a great little run, with a scenic gorge to boot. You need a good rain to bring it up, and it'll hold water for about 24-48 hours afterwards.

This section starts out fairly tame for the first 1/2 mile or so, and mostly meanders through glacial till. Shortly after the creek begins to downcut into bedrock, one starts to encounter the bigger rapids on this section. The first is Class 3+(4) and is a double-ledge drop (8 ft) onto a 100+ft 15-degree slide. Recommend scouting the first time. At this point, the creek runs through a gorge for almost the next mile. The second drop is Class 3(3+) and can be boat-scouted. There are a few class 2 wave trains for the remainder of the gorge. Just as the river turns a right-hand corner, and the Rte. 96 bridge comes into view, one begins the drop over the last significant rapid, a solid Class 3+(4) drop into a pool. Run it just right of center.

Take out on left bank either before Rte. 96 bridge, or continue the run down to the Falls Rd takeout before the triple drop which precedes the 80-ft falls. See the description of the section "above the 80-ft falls" for more on this.


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Honeoye Creek                       Irondequoit Creek                 Keshequa Creek 

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Salmon Creek                         Sixmile Creek                         Sugar Creek 

Taughannock Creek (1.)         Taughannock Creek (2.)         Trumansburg Creek 

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Rapid Descriptions


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Peter Lo
4 years ago

This is a nice introduction to solid Class III / low Class IV drops. This section mostly consists of three sets of ledge drops, with the last at the takeout being the most difficult (forgiving low IV). All rapids are straightforward and very forgiving, but nonetheless you need to have Class III skills to have fun comfortably. - Peter Lo

Gage Descriptions

No Gauge. If there's enough water to paddle the falls above Rt 96 bridge, this section is runnable.

Gauge minimum is based on a recommendation from "NY Express" on the FLOW Massage Board. It's only a rough indicator, and no substitute for scouting and viewing of local conditions. Conditions at Taugh Creek could be considerably different from those on nearby Fall Creek.

Directions Description

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