Fishkill Creek - Beacon

Fishkill Creek, New York, US



Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 0.25 Miles

Madame Brett Park

Madame Brett Park
Photo by Steven Adamec taken 04/17/07 @ Flood

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01372500 250 - 10000 cfs II-IV 01h11m 558 cfs (running)

River Description

Info from New York Exposed: The Whitewater State, Vol. 2.
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

Beer Kill                                          Beer Kill, W. Branch   

Callicoon Creek, E. Branch            Callicoon Creek, N. Branch 

Coxing Kill                                      Croton 

Delaware (1.)                                 Delaware (2. Mongaup Wave)

Delaware (3.)                                 Fishkill Creek 

Mombaccus Creek                         Mongaup 

Moodna Creek                               Neversink (1.) 

Neversink (2.)                                Neversink, E. Branch  

Peters Kill                                       Pocantico 

Popolopen Brook                           Ramapo 

Rochester Creek                            Rondout Creek (1.) 

Rondout Creek (2.)                        Rondout Creek (3.) 

Sandburg Creek                             Stony Brook (1.) 

Stony Brook (2.)                             Wallkill 

Wappinger Creek


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Last Updated: 2016-04-26 13:08:47

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-2.0Bridge St. PutinN/AAccess
-1.8Red RocksII+Waterfall

Rapid Descriptions

Bridge St. Putin (Class N/A, Mile -2.0)

See the main page. This is the putin for a half-mile section which has a play wave and a III rapid.

Red Rocks (Class II+, Mile -1.8)

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.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
December 2 2013 (1840 days ago)
billyburly (156113)
Ran the segment above Madame Brett Park when visiting parents for thanksgiving, missed the water
from the rain by a day or two. Put in below rapids after the dam, using a set of stairs from the
trail down to the creek. Level was very low and the creek was rocky. I was able to surf a small
consistent wave towards river left below the rapids after the dam. Very short, rocky run that was
not very eventful, other than getting stuck on the rocks a couple times. Takes maybe 5 minutes to
get through it. Ended at bridge in front of park parking lot. The creek is divided into three
segments by the bridge supports. River right segment was a little too low and my paddling buddy got
stuck on the rocks. Center section had enough water to run without issue. Took out river right at a
small beach after the abandoned hat factory that had a path up to the main trail. Will be exploring
this again when I'm in the area if the level is a little higher. Also want to try to run the rapids
above the dam at the park. Need to first investigate to see if there is a better way to get access
to it other than paddling upstream.

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