A few quick words on Bash Bish: This is a very cool and intimate run tucked into a little valley in the Taconic Range where the New York, Massachussetts, and Connecticut state lines converge. The put-in is immediately downstream of the considerable Bash Bish Falls. There will likely be tourists taking pictures of the falls and they will definitely think you are of questionable mental health if you contemplate running the first two drops below the falls. While the rest of the run is mostly IV+ in nature, the first two drops are a big step up from the rest of the run and should be given close visual inspection. They reportedly have been altered by the heavy flooding in October '05 and may no longer be runnable (unless you're really good).
The rest of the run is short but sweet. It moves very quickly. Lots of action/reaction boating. Before you know it, it's over. Either hike back up for another run, or go for the Ted Devoe triple crown: Bash Bish, Hubbard Brook, and the seldom run Umpacheenee Falls.
I will try to get some pics and better logistical info up some time this spring. Enjoy.
Capital Region Area Reaches
Basic Creek Batten Kill Claverack Creek
Cobleskill Creek Fox Creek Hannacrois Creek
Hoosic Hudson (Lock 2) Kinderhook Creek (1.)
Kinderhook Creek (2.) Kinderhook Creek (3.) Kline Kill
Normans Kill (1.) Normans Kill (2.) North Chuctanunda Creek
Mohawk (Upper Cohoes Wave) Mohawk (Cohoes Wave) Poesten Kill (0.)
Poesten Kill (1.) Poesten Kill (2.) Quacken Kill
Schoharie Creek Stony Kill Wyant's Kill
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Visual. Very flashy. The West Branch of the Farmington might give the best indication of what water levels in the area are doing. Or call the riverhouse in Falls Village for a visual on the Blackberry, which is probably more accurate, but not available on the internet.
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