Mill Creek (Lewis County), New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||100 fpm|
|Max Gradient||200 fpm|
|INDEPENDENCE RIVER AT DONNATTSBURG NY|
|usgs-04256000||800 - 2000 cfs||IV-V||00h30m||275 cfs (too low)|
One of the best, and most fun creeks in the east. The run is fast and shallow with endless slides. The difficulty of this run rises with the water level. At high water there are some bad holes and the chances of being pushed into drops blind (already pretty good)becomes a certainty. At higher water expect partial strainers.
The section under Rte. 12 has a hole that becomes retentive at high water. Swims on this creek do not end well and the rapid will appear without warning so be sure to scout from the bridge on your way to the put in. Same goes for the section in town.
Scouting once you are on the river is often impossible and is usually dangerous. Keep alert for trees. If you can't easily scout a drop it is usually best to charge down the center. This is no place for someone who can't reliably roll and punch big holes. Swimming would be a brutal experience, likely to include lost gear and possibly a trip to the ER in Lowville.
The waterfall in town is run down the center. If there isn't enough water to run the center of the town drop then the run is lower runnable or unrunnable.
Watertown Area Reaches:
Tug Hill - Old Forge Area Reaches