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Difficulty IV-V
Length 2 Miles
Gauge West Brook near Wanaque NJ
Flow Range 300 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 54 minutes ago 87.3 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/27/2019 3:08 pm

River Description

West Brook into Wanaque Res.

This is the rare tiny creek with a gauge within a mile of the takeout. John Greer and I ran this on Oct. 28, 2006. It was running at about 500cfs which seemed to be a good medium level.

What a great stretch of creekin! After a few hundred yards of class 3 warm up, the creek gave us 2 miles of tight, steep, continuous, class 4 boogie, punctuated with an occasional class 5 drop ( a few in a row just below the bridge). Keep your eyes open for wood and horizion lines, as both seem to jump up on you frequently.

  • Look for 300cfs as a minimum on the West Brook at Wanaque gauge.
  • 500-700 would be a great range.
  • Above 800 and things will start happening very fast on this run.
Put-in where the creek comes out of the small lake. Or downstream where Snake Den Rd. crosses the creek.

Take-out where the road crosses the creek. Be careful. there's a Snooty fishing club which owns all of the land around the last 1/2 mile of the creek and has lots of No Trespassing signs up. I've been told they have cameras mounted in the trees to monitor tresspassing (I'm not kidding)

Another option would be to take out above the horse farm and climb up the bank to the road. It's not a bad climb, the land seems to be public and you only miss one good rapid (Horse Show, IV).

Be on your game and watch out for wood, this run seems to pick up a lot of it!

Rapid Descriptions


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Mark Zak
12 years ago

I've been keeping my eye on this one for awhile. From the gage statistics it only breaks 400 cfs on average 1-2 times a year, so you better be ready to call in sick. If you're up for this, consider a possible first descent on Posts Brook from Glenwild Ave/Otterhole Rd. to a hike out to East Shore Dr.

Gage Descriptions

The gauge is a few hundred yards below the takeout, and this is a small creek, so if the gauge is dropping fast, it may be lower at the put-in.
This run was great at 500CFS. Above above 800 it will be very continuous, with few eddies.

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