From Utica, take 12 North, junction w/ 28,
Take 28 in Alder Creek towards Old Forge
Cross the bridge in Forestport and exit onto Woodhull Rd
Take a right on Woodhull towards the Buffalo Head restaurant
Cross the bridge, go about 1/2 mile
Just past the Buffalo Head, take a left onto Meekerville Rd (Dead End)
Take first left across the RR tracks,
Park at the gate before the closed bridges (Take Out)
To the put-in, go back out to Woodhull Rd.
Take a left onto Woodhull
Another left onto Kincaid
Left onto Horton
Park at bridge where Woodhull Creek crosses
This is about a 5 mile ride from Take Out
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A great beginner first river or teaching river.
90% of this is flat water, great for a beginner to work on boat control in.
The other 10% is a class II drop pool, w/ the majority near the take-out.
Beautiful Adk scenery, a few looks at a cabin or two. You have the feel of being far from any road during this paddle. Very enjoyable in that respect.
Tug Hill - Old Forge Area Reaches
Beaver (1. Moshier) Beaver (2. Eagle) Beaver (3. Taylorville)
Black (1.) Black (2.) Black (3.)
Black (4.) Black (5.) Black, S. Branch
Cincinnati Creek Crystal Creek Deer River (Section 1)
Deer River (Section 2) Fish Creek, E. Branch Independence River (1. Upper)
Independence River (2. Main) Indian (S.Br. Moose trib.) Little Black Creek
Little Woodhull Creek Mad River Mill Creek
Mohawk (1.) Moose (1. Middle) Moose (2. Lower)
Moose (3. Bottom) Moose, Middle Branch Moose, S. Branch (1.)
Moose, S. Branch (2.) Negro Brook Otter Creek
Roaring Brook (Brokeback Gorge) West Canada Creek (1.) West Canada Creek (2. Ohio Gorge)
West Canada Creek, S. Branch Woodhull Creek (Upper) Woodhull Creek (Middle)
Woodhull Creek (Miracle Mile)
Google Map of New York Whitewater
New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group
When everything else in the area is too high in the area, this run makes a great beginner instruction river. Quite remote and beautiful, well-defined features, and sizable eddies for beginners to feel comfortable when practicing and drilling skills. Some nice features for attaining and setting up a natural/rock slalom course to work on essential moving water skills too. There is also some small play features for to try surfing small waves or holes. Some rapids can collect wood so be vigilant.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The put-in and take-out pins on the "Map" tap are incorrect. They actually show the class III Little Woodhull Section. Even more confusing is that Google Maps incorrectly labels the actual Woodhull Creek as the Little Woodhull Creek. You will notice that above the confluence both streams are labeled "Little Woodhull Creek:. As the section title describes this section if from Horton Road to Meekerville Bridges.
The Map and Directions tabs show the wrong put-in and takeout -- both are shown as being on the Little Woodhull instead of the main Woodhull. Read the verbal description on the RiverMain tab for the correct put-in.
You can always go to the steel bridge on Woodhull Rd (Take Out of the Miracle Mile) and count the lines in the concrete bridge abutment;
3 or less lines showing we're talking about huge levels ;)
6 or more it is too low :(
Woodhull Creek feeds the Black and comes up quicker than the Black after rain. The Creek drains a couple of small/medium sized lakes, so it holds water relatively well.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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