Jenny Creek - Jayville Road to Pitcairn

Jenny Creek, New York, US


Jayville Road to Pitcairn

Usual Difficulty II-V+ (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 80 fpm
Max Gradient 200 fpm

Paul on the first rapid

Paul on the first rapid
Photo of Paul Twist by Jim Dobbins taken 04/13/08

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04262500 2000 - 4000 cfs II-V+ 00h35m 278 cfs (too low)

River Description

See the New York Exposed book for the description. You can buy the book through AW by clicking here.
According to the book and the AW website this creek was Unrun until 4/13/2008 when we ran it.  If you ran it before that and you want credit let me know I will change description.


We had high expectations for this river as we drove up Jayville rd.  As you leave RT 3 the road climbs and besides a few flat spots seems to climb most the way to the put-in.  Unfortunately the river did not live up to our expectations.  


As you drive up the road you will see a huge drop down in a gorge next to the road.  Take careful note of where this drop is.  If you float into this and run the drop it will be most certainly the last drop you will ever run.  It is one of the ugliest drops I have seen.  It does however have flatwater above it.  As you continue up the road you will see a really cool looking and very steep slide right next to the road.  Take note of where this drop is because there are not a lot of eddys near the top of this drop and once you get around the corner above it you are probably running it whether you want to or not.  Back in the woods where the river winds away from the road is another huge unrunnable drop.  It also has flatwater above it but make sure you are scouting the horizon lines.


Besides the 3 large drops (2 of which will probably lead to serious injury or probably worse) the river has several junky drops many of which have wood in them.  There are also several beaver ponds and dams that you have to get around.  There are also a couple of low foot bridges that you have to duck to get under with one immediately followed by a riverwide strainer.  In case you haven't picked up on it my opinion of this river isn't very good.  Considering the other runs in this area, Jenny creek is not on par with the rest of the rivers in the area. 


If you are in the area check out the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie sections #3 , #4 , the East Branch of the Oswegatchie, the West Branch of the Oswegatchie, the Browns Bridge section of Oswegatchie , the South Branch of the Grass or any of the other rivers in the area.


Governour - Cranberry Lake Area Reaches:

Black Creek                                             Boland Creek

Indian (Oswegatchi Tributary)               Island Branch

Jenny Creek                                             Little

Oswegatchi (Owbow to Elmdale)          Oswegatchi East Branch Sect. 1

Oswegatchi East Branch Sect. 2          Oswegatchi East Branch Sect. 3

Oswegatchi East Branch Sect. 4           Oswegatchi Middle Branch Sect. 1

Oswegatchi Middle Branch Sect. 2       Oswegatchi Middle Branch Sect. 4 (Sluice Falls)

Oswegatchi West Branch (Bisha to Jerden)     Oswegatchi West Branch (Fullerville to Oswegatchi)   

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-0.1Mike's BoofIIIPutin Photo
0.3Railroad SlideIII+Photo
0.8Beaver Pond/DamI
1.3Footbridge rapidIII+
1.5Another Beaver Pond/Dam I
1.8UglyPortage Hazard Photo
2.3Middle SectionIV
3.0Jayville Rapid5.0Photo
3.5HorrificPortage Hazard Waterfall
4.0The RestIIIHazard

Rapid Descriptions

Mike's Boof (Class III, Mile -0.1)

Mike's Boof

Mike's Boof
Photo of Mike "the" Flair by Jim Dobbins taken 04/13/08

If you walk about 50ft upstream of the road there will be a small boof followed by a rapid that goes under the bridge.

Railroad Slide (Class III+, Mile 0.3)

Fun Drop

Fun Drop
Photo of Paul Twist by Jim Dobbins taken 04/13/08

There will be a few easy rapids and the river turns left.  The next rapid is the Railroad Slide (it is close to the old railroad).  It is fun but watch for wood.

Beaver Pond/Dam (Class I, Mile 0.8)

Now you paddle into a swamp/beaver pond.  You will wind through this for what seems like forever.  Just keep following the slight current.  You will have to go over a few beaver dams.

Footbridge rapid (Class III+, Mile 1.3)

After you finally get out of the pond you will be roadside.  There is a footbridge you will have to duck under.  Immediately following the bridge is a class III+ rapid that ends in a pool behind someone's camp.

Another Beaver Pond/Dam (Class I, Mile 1.5)

We had trouble finding our way through this one but eventually we did.


Ugly Drop

Ugly Drop
Photo by Jim Dobbins taken 04/13/08

There will be some flatwater and a horizon line.  The portage is on river right.  The right side of the drop drops onto some horrible mank.  The left side is a steep slide that turns about 90 degrees to the right and then goes directly in to a large rock and slot. 

Middle Section (Class IV, Mile 2.3)

After Ugly there are a few drops that aren't very clean and have some wood in them.  Make sure you scout horizon lines looking for wood.

Jayville Rapid (Class 5.0, Mile 3.0)

Jayville Slide

Jayville Slide
Photo by Jim Dobbins taken 04/13/08

This is a pretty burley rapid.  The river turns right and then a quick left.  There is a hole where the river turns left.  Use the backwash of the hole to get your self into position to run the steep cascading slide.  The pool you land in is turbulent and surging with a recirculating eddy on river left.  After the pool is a smaller drop where most water goes toward the wall on the left.  It is roadside and much more impressive in person.


After Jayville rapid there will be a class III rapid and then a pool.  At the end of the pool is Horrific.  Portage on the right.  Horrific is a cascading drop and it drops 30 or 35 feet onto huge boulders.  It is very ugly.  If you hike down the side creek on river right you could run the mini gorge after Horrific but it is difficult to scout and has some wood in it.  Sorry no picture of this.

The Rest (Class III, Mile 4.0)

The rest of the river is full of wood and class III.  There is a low footbridge in this section that has a riverwide strainer after it.  There is at least one more dangerous riverwide strainer after the footbridge. 


The takeout is at the bridge at RT 3.  This is one of the few rivers I have paddled that I was happy to see the takeout.

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