Saranac, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||V+ (for normal flows)|
|SARANAC RIVER AT PLATTSBURGH NY|
|usgs-04273500||400 - 1400 cfs||V+||01h55m||206 cfs (too low)|
The High Falls Gorge is a spectacular vertical-walled gorge containing several large waterfalls
and a TOTALLY UNRUNNABLE final waterfall.
At this time, little is known about the safety or appeal of running any of the drops in the gorge. One thing is sure, the gorge should only be attempted by teams of expert boaters with shore support and with experience exploring large waterfalls. It is imperative to scout carefully and take out several rapids above the final 60+ foot unrunnable waterfall.
Historically, the Gorge has been illegal to paddle or even scout, but a recent FERC License has lifted this closure.
Plattsburgh Area Reaches
Report on Saranac Flows Finds Missed Opportunities
August 27, 2008
AW Appeals a Bad Decision in New York
February 3, 2012