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Difficulty IV-V
Length 1.2 Miles
Gauge WEST BRANCH OSWEGATCHIE RIVER NEAR HARRISVILLE NY
Flow Range 900 - 2200 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 804 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/05/2016 7:59 pm

River Description


The Brown's Bridge section of the East Branch of the Oswegatchie (that's a mouthful) is a short but fun run that is located near the town of Fine on the West side of the Adirondack Park. Because of its short length it is an excellent choice if you would like to combine several runs into one day. The rapids (especially the 2nd) are not the typical pool drop that are found in many of the other area's rivers. There is no gauge that I know of for this run so you have to stop and check it out to find out if it is running. The take-out is east of Fine on a road called Brown Falls Rd (off RT 3). Turn northish on Brown Falls Rd, take out is at the bridge. To get to the put-in you can either walk or drive up a dirt road until you get to a large dam. The road has a gate on it but is sometimes open. I am not sure if it is a private road. There is some boogie water below Brown's Bridge but there is not another takeout for quite a while. There are only 4 major rapids on the run so make sure you combine this run with another branch of the Oswegatchie or one of the many branches of the Grass which are in the area.

Other area runs:  South Branch of the Grass, Middle Oswegatchie, Middle Grass, Lampson Falls section of the Grass, East Oswegatchie, West Oswegatchie.

I made up the names of the rapids. If you know the name of any of these rapids let me know and I will change them on the AW page.  Thanks

 

Governour - Cranberry Lake Area Reaches:

Black Creek                                             Boland Creek

Indian (Oswegatchi Tributary)               Island Branch

Jenny Creek                                             Little

Oswegatchi (Owbow to Elmdale)          Oswegatchi East Branch Sect. 1

Oswegatchi East Branch Sect. 2          Oswegatchi East Branch Sect. 3

Oswegatchi East Branch Sect. 4           Oswegatchi Middle Branch Sect. 1

Oswegatchi Middle Branch Sect. 2       Oswegatchi Middle Branch Sect. 4 (Sluice Falls)

Oswegatchi West Branch (Bisha to Jerden)     Oswegatchi West Branch (Fullerville to Oswegatchi)   

Sawyer Creek

 

Canton - Cranberry Lake Area Reaches

Boland Creek                                                   Elm Creek 

Grass (1. Lampsons Falls to Downerville)       Grass (2. Downerville to Russell)      

Grass (3. Morley to Massena)                    Grass (4.Woods Bridge Road to Route 47)     

Grass, Middle Branch                                 Grass, North Branch   

Grass, Upper South Branch                        Grass, Lower South Branch (Twin Falls)         

Oswegatchie, E. Branch (2.)                           Oswegatchie, E. Branch (3.)

Oswegatchie, W. Branch                                   Plumb Brook

 

Google Map of New York Whitewater

New York Whitewater Paddlers Facebook Group

 

Rapid Descriptions

Put-in

Class - Mile - 0
You know you are at the put-in when you see the very large dam. 

Aqueduct Slide

Class - Mile - 0.1
Aqueduct Slide is a long slide with some twists and turns.  It begins right below the dam and can be scouted from river left.

Newton Falls

Class - Mile - 0.4
Newton Falls starts with a slide, then there are a few holes to dodge, followed by a small slide into a hole, and then ends in a slide with several lines.  There are eddy's throughout the rapid.  We scouted the first part of the rapid left and scouted the last part from a rock in the middle.  Not sure if that was the best idea though.  Some big holes as the level goes up.

Brown's Falls

Class - Mile - 0.8
Brown Falls is the meatiest on this section.  There may be a line to the far left but a mistake may drop you into a sieve filled with wood.  In the main line the river narrows and drops quickly.  Scout right.

All Over

Class - Mile - 1
Rapid Thumbnail Missing
Straightforward slide thing.  Scout left.  The take-out bridge is right below this rapid

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Gage Descriptions

There is no gauge that I know of.  You will have to do it the old fashion way and do a visual.
 

Permits

NA

Directions Description


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Moose River Video

1/18/2011
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.

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Matt Muir

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Alex Barham

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198403 10/15/10 Matt Muir Changed title for ordering.
1206010 04/03/16 Alex Barham Added local info
1206037 04/05/16 Alex Barham Added local info
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