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Difficulty III-IV
Length 2.7 Miles
Flow Range 5.00 - 7.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 55 minutes ago 1.83 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/05/2016 10:02 pm

River Description

See the New York Exposed book for the an alternate description.

Put in off Silver Lake Rd. in the hamlet of Black Brook. First 1/2 mile is easy until the brook pulls near Haselton Rd. This could be an alternate put-in.

After the brook pulls away from Haselton Rd. the first time, it goes over a small drop, shoots left back toward the road, then S turns back right away from the road. This section is III/IV and the rapids are fairly continuous. There is a good chance of WOOD in here, so this MUST be scouted before running. The scout is very easy; most of it can be seen from Haselton Rd., and the opening drop only requires a short walk from the road to see. I would recommend scouting this before putting on.

After this section, the river pulls away from Haselton Rd. It is a pretty run through the woods - but due to the small size of the stream, always be on the lookout for wood!

Take out where the stream crosses under Haselton rd., (private property - get permission) or continue downstream to the W. Branch of the Ausable. A nice trip, particularly in high water, is to run the Ausable all the way down to Ausable Forks.


Plattsburgh Area Reaches

Ausable (Ausable Chasm)                                       Ausable, E. Branch

Ausable, W. Branch (4. High Falls Gorge)               Ausable, W. Branch (5. The Flume)

Ausable, W. Branch (Section 6)                               Black Brook

Boquet, S. Branch                                                Boquet, N. Branch

Chateaugay                                                             Great Chazy (Chazy Lake to Miner Lake)

Great Chazy (Miner Lake to Mooers)                      Great Chazy, North Branch

Little Black Brook                                                     Little Trout

Marble                                                                    Salmon

Salmon (Lake Champlain)                                        Saranac (Permanent Rapids)

Saranac (1. Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)          Saranac (2. Silver Lake Road to Redford)

Saranac (3. High Falls Gorge)                                 Saranac (Sec. 4)

Styles Brook 

Google Map of New York Whitewater

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Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Gauge is downstream on the Ausable river, in Ausable forks.

Note the gauge referenced in New York Exposed is a different gauge on the East Branch of the Ausable.

Directions Description

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206075 04/05/16 Alex Barham Added local info
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1195194 05/31/09 Matt Muir Added link; cleaned up a couple typos.