This is the section immediately *above* the whitewater release section and only runs with natural flow. It's primairly a class II run becoming class III with very high water.
Put in at fishing access on county rt. 47 in Big Indian. Take out at Allaben near portal or continue on with more water if the portal is releasing.
Catskills Area Reaches
Basic Creek Batavia Kill Bear Kill
Beaver Kill (Delaware Trib) Beaver Kill (Hudson Trib) Beer Kill
Beer Kill, W. Branch Bowery Creek Bush Kill
Callicoon Creek, E. Branch Callicoon Creek, N. Branch Catskill Creek (1.)
Catskill Creek (2.) Catskill Creek (4.) Claverack Creek
Coxing Kill Delaware Delaware, E. Branch
Delaware, W. Branch Little Delaware Dry Brook
East Kill Esopus Creek (1) Esopus Creek (2)
Esopus Creek (3) Esopus Creek (4) Esopus Creek (5)
Hannacrois Creek Kaaterskill Creek (1.) Kaaterskill Creek (2.)
Kinderhook Creek (3.) Kiskatom Creek Mombaccus Creek
Mill Brook Neversink (1.) Neversink, E. Branch
Neversink, W. Branch Peters Kill Platte Kill
Plattekill Creek Potic Creek Roeliff Jansen Kill (1)
Roeliff Jansen Kill (2) Rochester Creek Rondout Creek (1)
Rondout Creek (2) Rondout Creek (3) Sandburg Creek
Saw Kill (1) Saw Kill (2) Saw Kill (3)
Schoharie Creek (1.) Schoharie Creek (2.) Shingle Kill Creek
Squirmer Creek Stony Clove Creek Ten Mile Creek
Thorp Creek Tremper Kill Wallkill
West Kill Woodland Creek Vly Creek
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It's also very easy to put in at the west end of the route 28 bridge that's right in Big Indian. Put in on the upstream side, which is actually Birch creek perhaps 150 yards upstream of the Esopus. You can then park in the small park by the east end of the bridge. You'll have some fast, narrow stuff to start with, so be vigilant for strainers. At moderately high water I didn't think this was much more than class 2, but a roll and the ability to stop could be very important. About 1/2 mile below route 28 is the bridge for Firehouse Road. Shortly below this is an abrupt drop with a horizon line. I'm not sure if it collects wood, but it would be a very good idea to scout this ahead of time. [Edit: Irene seems to have flattened this out. The current goes right, with a pronounced drop, but not a horizon line. **I've only looked at it from the bridge, so it might be harder to see from your boat.] I'd guess that 500 cfs on the Allaben gauge is pretty low (At 350 CFS on 5/17/12 I thought it looked like it needed another couple hundred CFS to be decent). 1000 was fast and fluid.
USGS gauge at Allaben. Below Allaben refer to the Coldbrook guage.
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