Peters Kill - Alligerville Swim Hole to Rondout Creek

Peters Kill, New York, US


Alligerville Swim Hole to Rondout Creek (Lower Peterskill Creek)

Usual Difficulty II-IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 175 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01367500 2300 - 20000 cfs II-IV(V) 00h24m 531 cfs (too low)

River Description

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 

Wappinger Creek


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Last Updated: 2016-04-26 13:15:19


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User Comments

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March 14 2010 (3194 days ago)
brett gehrkeDetails
Lots of wood! after the snow storms. Trees blocking most of the sweet drops. A week with a chainsaw
would help. 3/14/10
November 9 2006 (4415 days ago)
Eric NiesDetails
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.

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