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Difficulty III+(V)
Length Miles
Flow Range 4.50 - 12.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 3.56 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/14/2020 1:03 am

River Description

River Description

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The classic New York introduction to creeking for beginner paddlers. There is an infinite number of ways to run this river, everytime there's a split in the river, the splits have different rapids.

Most rapids are friendly, however be aware of Mashed Potatos.  At most levels this is a dangerous hole and should be run on the flake on the left. At high water large holes also form at the bottom of the large slide (Brick in the Wall) and in the rapid to the right.

Check out the drop above and then below the bridge on Little Woodhull, the small creek you paddle by after Bump and Run.

We've taken less than 10 minutes to run this section, and we've also taken over 3 hrs. Have fun!


Directions to:

Use the directions from the Horton Rd to Meekerville section, put in at the Take Out
Or put-in on Little Woodhull Creek which you'll pass over right before you get to the left over the tracks (you will see, check it out)

Take Out at the steel deck bridge on Woodhull Rd.

Please respect the land owners.




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)


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Rapid Descriptions

Bump and Grind

Class - III+ Mile - 0.1
The river right side is Bump and river left is Grind. Bump is good at higher water, Grind anytime.

Jakob's Ladder

Class - III Mile - 0.2
Second Rapid (River Left)

JRods Slide

Class - III Mile - 0.25
2nd Rapid River Right

Mash Potatoes and Gravy

Class - III+ Mile - 0.25


A serious hole that can be run on the right side at lower water.

Virginias Slot

Class - III+ Mile - 0.4

3rd Rapid River Left

Entrance is a channel on the left before the other rapids on this shelf.

Another Brick In the Wall

Class - III+ Mile - 0.45

3rd Center

Large holes form at higher water.

Steep and Cheap

Class - III+ Mile - 0.48

3rd Rapid River Right

Only comes in at high water. A large hole forms in the center that can hold boats and swimmers.

Steel Bridge Take Out

Class - I Mile - 1


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Mark Abbott
8 years ago

The put-in shown in the maps on the Map and Directions tabs is not the normal put-in -- it is the alternative put-in on the Little Woodhull. Likewise, the Map and Directions tabs for the middle section of Woodhull Creek ( show the wrong put-in and takeout for that section -- both are shown as being on the Little Woodhull instead of the main Woodhull. Read the verbal descriptions on the RiverMain tabs of both sections for the correct put-ins.

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Chris Morelli
10 years ago

run is mostly clean of hazards as of spring run off 2010

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David Brucas
11 years ago

04-Apr-09 We ran the Little Woodhull into the Woodhull (starting at the dam on Kincaid Road). The bridge at the Woodhull takeout was showing 5.5 blocks on the center pillar and the Black gauge was 8.9 feet. I estimate the level of the Little Woodhull as Class 4, and the Woodhull as Class 4. None of us ran Virginia's as it looks very retentive. One of our class 5 boaters ran the center power slide next to Virginia's (the rest of us "clucked".)

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David Brucas
11 years ago

03-Apr-09 We ran the Little Woodhull into the Woodhull (starting at the dam on Kincaid Road). The bridge at the Woodhull takeout was showing 7.0 blocks on the center pillar and the Black gauge was 7.0 feet. I estimate the level of the Little Woodhull as Class 3, and the Woodhull as Class 3. We all ran Virginia's no problem.

Gage Descriptions

Count the lines in the concrete bridge abutment at the Take Out in the center of the bridge;
8 or more it is too low

3 or less lines showing we're talking about huge levels (IV+/V)...Holes are BIG!

Woodhull Creek feeds the Black and comes up quicker than the Black after rain. Woodhull Creek drains a couple of small/medium sized lakes, so it holds water relatively well.

Directions Description

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Moose River Video

Mark Singleton

2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers!  View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.


Matt Muir


Alex Barham


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1194645 12/17/06 n/a n/a
1215287 06/14/20 Alex Barham updated description
1195514 06/21/09 Matt Muir Added lat/lon coords.
1205532 12/08/15 Alex Barham
1206229 04/14/16 Alex Barham Added local info