Pocantico, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III+(IV) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||73 fpm|
|Ramapo River near Mahwah NJ|
|usgs-01387500||700 - 2000 cfs||II-III+(IV)||00h23m||580 cfs (too low)|
This is a small Catskillian stream which floats through Rockefeller State Park.
Paddle Head says that this is like a small Moshier, with 3-4 drops (Class IV) close together, but with room to recover. It's also a smaller stream, but with a sizable watershed and water dropping out of Pocantico Lake, it should retain its water pretty well.
"Jimmy" and his budz wonder if maybe they snagged a First D on this one, on Dec. 1, 2006. He reported must-portage river-wide trees just downstream of a tunnel.
From an NPMB thread, begun 12/2/06:
From Cold Spring: take 301 east to the Taconic south to the Sprain south. I'm 99 percent certain you can get on 117 and Bedford Rd west. Very shorty you'll bear left off of 117 onto Bedford Rd south? or west? to SleepyHollow Rd. At the intersection of Old Sleepy Hollow and Sleepy Hollow is a put-in option or walk upstream of the river or drive up a few yards (not a good place to park) and start at where the lake pours out. But scout this first drop--it's extreme and the hardest part of the river.
See also the Google Directions from White Plains.
Buck Webb offered alternative directions:
From the North: Taconic to Pleasantille Rd, Turn West (R), 1/4 mile to 9A south (Or just come down 9 to 9A).
Exit 9A at 117, go West (right). Left at first light (448). First right onto Old Sleepy Hollow Road. After about 1 mile you'll see the river on right, park at the intersection with Old Sleepy Hollow Road. (At this point the main road becomes Sleepy Hollow Road. You can continue straight to go along the river to the ledges You'll see a trail crossing and then, just after the ledges, the aqueduct pump house on left.) Bear Right off Sleepy Hollow Rd onto Webber then bear Right onto Bedford, then bang a Right onto N. Broadway (Rte. 9).
Go to the Citgo station, and turn right onto Dell St. for the south bank or Sleepy Hollow Ave (into the cemetary) for the north. This is a takeout.
This route avoids dribbling through Ossining town.
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