Meacham Lake Outlet - Rte. 30 Bridge to Rice Brook

Meacham Lake Outlet, New York, US


Rte. 30 Bridge to Rice Brook

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 1.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 90 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04268800 1200 - 4000 cfs III-IV 6d00h48m 235 cfs (too low)

River Description

I have only run this once, so take all statements with a grain of salt.

In 'New York Exposed', Dennis Squires states the first drop is tough and catches alot of wood. I assume Dennis ran this at a much higher level than we did. At 1080 cfs, the holes in the first drop were not bad, the run was very scratchy, and it was easy to avoid the wood on the bottom right by doing a right to left 'S' move. I would rate it class IV. I am sure higher levels, this is much different, so scouting before putting on is a good idea.

Rapids after this are straight forward. There is one drop a ways into the run that may be worth scouting at higher levels.

For the take out, you can paddle up Rice Brook as mentioned in 'New York Exposed', but note that this may be some work, since Rice Brook flows pretty well. We found it easier to go slightly downstream, then find a good spot to take out and just carry up to Route 458.

Potsdam - Malone Area Reaches

Chateaugay                                                    Deer (Dickinson Center)

Deer (Dickinson Center to Lawrenceville)       Grass (1. Lampsons Falls to Downerville)

Grass (Sec. 3)                                                Grass (Sec. 4)

Jordan                                                             Little Trout

Marble                                                             Meacham Lake Outlet

Raquette Sec. 3) Hannawa Falls                    Raquette 2) Piercefield to Parmenter Site

Raquette Sec. 4) Stone Valley                        Salmon

Salmon (Chasm Falls)                                     St. Regis

St. Regis, E. Branch                                        St. Regis, Middle Branch (Sec. 1)

St. Regis, Middle Branch (Sec. 2)                   St. Regis, Middle Branch (Sec. 3)

St. Regis, Middle Branch (Sec. 4.)                  St. Regis, W. Branch (Sec. 1)

St. Regis, W. Branch (Sec. 2)                          St. Regis, W. Branch (Sec. 3)

Trout Brook


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Last Updated: 2016-04-05 21:02:27

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