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Difficulty II-III
Length 7 Miles
Flow Range 1500 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 290 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/05/2016 10:05 pm

River Description

The guage used for this section is located well down-stream and is a rough estimate of flow. In the event the gauge is up and the section isn't running check the other branches.


Put in off Route 11, just east of Cannon Corners Rd., where the river comes close to the road.

The first mile or so is very easy. Then you'll hit a number of ledge-slides that are a lot of fun. They are straightforward and generally class II or II/III. These features are centered around the Gero Rd. bridge, and the longest one is right under the bridge. Just below the Gero Rd. bridge are the remains of an old dam that can be run - but a quick scout is probably a good idea, particularly at higher water levels.

Soon the slides stop and you are back to easier water to Lamberton Rd. There is a good take out here. This is about 2-3/4 miles from the put-in.

It is 4-1/2 more miles to the junction with the main stem in Mooers Forks. The river in here is mostly very easy (class I-II) riffles with 2 exceptions. About 2 miles past Lamberton rd. there is a small drop right next to a closed bridge on Big Hill Road. Finally, right at the end between the Route 11 bridge and the Woods Falls Rd. bridge there is another fun section. Take out at the Woods Falls Rd. bridge.


This last section is a scenic paddle if that is what you are looking for, but is a lot of work for 2 very short drops if you are looking to maximize your excitement factor. Also, this lower section is a little scratchier than the top part, and needs more water. At 4.0 feet, you can paddle the lower section, but you will be scraping a lot.  


Plattsburgh Area Reaches

Ausable (Ausable Chasm)                                       Ausable, E. Branch

Ausable, W. Branch (4. High Falls Gorge)               Ausable, W. Branch (5. The Flume)

Ausable, W. Branch (Section 6)                               Black Brook

Boquet, S. Branch                                                Boquet, N. Branch

Chateaugay                                                             Great Chazy (Chazy Lake to Miner Lake)

Great Chazy (Miner Lake to Mooers)                      Great Chazy, North Branch

Little Black Brook                                                     Little Trout

Marble                                                                    Salmon

Salmon (Lake Champlain)                                        Saranac (Permanent Rapids)

Saranac (1. Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)          Saranac (2. Silver Lake Road to Redford)

Saranac (3. High Falls Gorge)                                 Saranac (Sec. 4)

Styles Brook 

Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group


Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Gauge is downstream on the main river.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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
1195603 07/03/09 Matt Muir Corrected name of stream; added length.
1205544 12/09/15 Alex Barham
1206081 04/05/16 Alex Barham Added local info
1194709 06/06/08 n/a n/a
1195602 07/03/09 Matt Muir Adjusted flows and fixed typos in the text.