Great Chazy, North Branch, New York, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|GREAT CHAZY RIVER AT PERRY MILLS NY|
|usgs-04271500||1500 - 5000 cfs||II-III||83h16m||327 cfs (too low)|
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
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.
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