The lower Peters Kill Creek is a basic, boat-scoutable ledge-drop creek. Most locals do this run several times in one day. It is definitely a step down in difficulty from the Upper Peters Kill which starts on the "other side of the hill," over in New Paltz.
The Lower Peters Kill is formed by pinkish bedrock and is a great introduction to creeking for many. It is able to be paddled in a playboat by someone who has a sold brace. We're talking autoboof the whole way down. Good fun!
This creek can often collect wood, but the hazards are usually seen in time to pull over and avoid them.
Only one real move that must be noted, towards the bottom, just a bit above the bridge- there is a rock along river right that must be manouvered around, an easy move but missing it could equal a very bruised elbow or a pin.
Paddlers can always run the river down to the Rondout and continue down to the dam (get out above it, duh), which will bring them to a sweet play run. Another option is to park on the river right side of the bridge and that can act as the take out. It would be unwise to have more than two cars there at the take out due to lack of space and the locals who own the property. They are pretty tolerant because in general they see the same few cars there all the time, but who knows what they would do if it turned into a parking scene with all the riffraff- so please be smart and respect the landowners.
Catskills Area Reaches
Basic Creek Batavia Kill Bear Kill
Beaver Kill (Delaware Trib) Beaver Kill (Hudson Trib) Beer Kill
Beer Kill, W. Branch Bowery Creek Bush Kill
Callicoon Creek, E. Branch Callicoon Creek, N. Branch Catskill Creek (1.)
Catskill Creek (2.) Catskill Creek (4.) Claverack Creek
Coxing Kill Delaware Delaware, E. Branch
Delaware, W. Branch Little Delaware Dry Brook
East Kill Esopus Creek (1) Esopus Creek (2)
Esopus Creek (3) Esopus Creek (4) Esopus Creek (5)
Hannacrois Creek Kaaterskill Creek (1.) Kaaterskill Creek (2.)
Kinderhook Creek (3.) Kiskatom Creek Mombaccus Creek
Mill Brook Neversink (1.) Neversink, E. Branch
Neversink, W. Branch Peters Kill Platte Kill
Plattekill Creek Potic Creek Roeliff Jansen Kill (1)
Roeliff Jansen Kill (2) Rochester Creek Rondout Creek (1)
Rondout Creek (2) Rondout Creek (3) Sandburg Creek
Saw Kill (1) Saw Kill (2) Saw Kill (3)
Schoharie Creek (1.) Schoharie Creek (2.) Shingle Kill Creek
Squirmer Creek Stony Clove Creek Ten Mile Creek
Thorp Creek Tremper Kill Wallkill
West Kill Woodland Creek Vly Creek
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
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New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group
As of 11/7/06, there is a nasty riverwide log about halfway down the run. Driving up the run, it is about 100 yards downstream of the red house. SCOUT THIS OUT before you put on. It is in the middle of a long slide, and would be very hard to avoid once you are committed to the rapid.
10 years ago
by brett gehrke
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