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Difficulty I-V
Length 3.6 Miles
Flow Range 0 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 2810 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/12/2016 2:25 pm

River Description

General Description: The trip described here is mostly a flatwater paddle through a beautiful gorge, but there is an interesting (Class 5?) short section at the base of the Spier Falls Dam (see photo). The trip can start either a half mile above or a half mile below the Spier Falls Project.

Directions from I-87 (Northway): Take exit 17(N) toward South Glens Falls onto Rte 9. Take first left on to Fawn Road. Take left at "T" on to Potter Road. After 3.75 miles the road will bear left onto Spier Falls Road and climb steeply up and over the ridge. Go 4 miles, passing the Sherman Island Boat Launch and numerous fishing access sites along the river. The GPS coordinates for the put-in refer to the first access site above the dam.

Put-in: The GPS coordinates for the put-in assumes portaging around Spier Falls and starts on river right a half mile above the dam. An alternate put-in, downstream of the dam/falls, would be at: (43.238204N,73.749098W)

Dam/Falls: The dam appears to be able to be portaged on river left. The falls below the dam can then be scouted to seeing if any portion is suitable for running. No rapids exist below the falls.

Take-out: 3.6 miles downstream of the dam/falls is the Sherman Island Dam. The GPS coordinates for the take-out refer to taking out on the river right adjacent to the horseshoe-shaped dam. Although current is not strong above the dam, care must still be taken; the dam and rapids below are significantly hazardous. It is less than 2000 feet up a dirt access road to Potter Road. Access through this dirt road has not been confirmed, but it is not posted. Consider the local residents when parking on Potter Road. An alternative to taking out at Sherman Island would be to paddle 2 miles back up river to the Sherman Island Boat Launch (43.250516N,73.739023W).


South-Eastern Adirondack Area Reaches

Batten Kill                                          Beecher Creek                                         County Line Brook

Dunning Creek                                  East Stony Creek                                  Elbow Creek

Georgia Brook                                   Glen Creek                                             Holmes Lake Outlet

Hudson (3. Riparius to the Glen)       Hudson (4.)                                              Hudson (5.)

Hudson (6.)                                       Jimmy Creek                                             Mill Creek (Hudson trib.)

North Creek                                       Pike Brook                                                Piseco Outlet

Roaring Branch                                  Sacandaga (1.)                                        Sacandaga (2.)

Sacandaga, E. Branch (1.)                Sacandaga, E. Branch (2.)                       Sacandaga, E. Branch (3.)

Sacandaga, Middle Branch               Sacandaga, W. Branch (Upper)                Sacandaga, W. Branch (Lower) 

Sand Creek                                       Schroon (Starbuckville to Riverbank)         Schroon (Warrensburg to Thurman Station)

Stony Creek (1.)                                 Stony Creek (2.)                                    Tenant Creek

Wolf Creek


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Date Flow Result Factor  
2007-06-10 Low Fatality One Boat Trip Read More



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