Fishkill Creek, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|WAPPINGER CREEK NEAR WAPPINGERS FALLS NY|
|usgs-01372500||250 - 10000 cfs||II-IV||01h11m||558 cfs (running)|
Info from New York Exposed: The Whitewater State,
Local paddler Ken Bolton shared, in 2009:
New York Exposed calls this Fish Kill, but that's slightly erroneous and confusing. NY State DEP calls this Fishkill Creek.
Further, while I haven't run the lower section down by Madame Brett Park, there is a great 0.5 mile run further upstream when the water is between 2 and 5.5 feet. Put-in is at Bridge St., off of Liberty. Cross the wooden bridge by foot and scramble down to the water. (The landowner and I are discussing access to the creek from the near-side.) Paddle upstream ~20 yards to a fun little hole on the left. The gauge is under the bridge on the left. A nice creek-wide standing wave is just below the bridge and makes a great play spot. Things flatten out until a hearty class III just before the take-out at the Central Hudson power station. A ten-minute walk up Liberty brings you back to the put-in. This creek is polluted: local kids, nearby auto dealerships, and the Walmart and Home Depot parking lots upstream contribute to a local history of toxic dumping. Shale creek-bottom, corroding rebar, and natural strainers abound.
Downstate New York Area Reaches
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|-2.0||Bridge St. Putin||N/A|
See the main page. This is the putin for a half-mile section which has a play wave and a III rapid.
Ken Bolton shared:
"There is a spot locals call 'Red Rocks' about a quarter mile from the standing wave under Bridge Street. It's probably a class II+, and should be scouted for debris before it is run."
Lat/longitude coords are a wild approximation, from online maps.