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Difficulty V+
Length 3.82 Miles
Flow Range FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 0.02 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/09/2016 2:05 pm

River Description

This is the biggest tributary stream of Chautauqua Creek.  It drops at a screaming 127 feet per mile average.  Based on the fact that main Chautauqua Creek's gradient is about half of this, it would be safe to say Little Chautauqua is probably a Class V stream.  It will probably take a lot of water though (maybe 1.1 ft on the Brandy Run gauge in PA.)  I am going to scout this stream soon to get more details.  Hopefully the strainers aren't too bad.  One thing's for sure, you will have to know every square inch of this thing if you don't want to die.  There may be portages around strainers, undercuts, and insane waterfalls.  There are also two tunnels for what appears to be railroad cuts.  One of these tunnels is .07 miles in length and appears to drop 110 feet of elevation through the tunnel and into it's gorge according to Google Earth.  Maybe the tunnel is very steeply sloped?  Seems strange.



Western New York Area Reaches

Beaver Meadow Creek                     Canadaway Creek (1.)                                      Canadaway Creek (2.) 

Canaseraga Creek                           Cattaraugus Creek                                           Cattaraugus Creek, S. Branch 

Cazenovia Creek, W. Branch (1.)    Cazenovia Creek, W. Branch (2.)                     Chautauqua Creek 

Clear Creek, N. Br.                           Conesus Creek                                              Eighteenmile Creek 

Eighteenmile Creek, S. Br.                Ellicott Creek                                                    Genesee (Letchworth) 

Honeoye Creek                               Keshequa Creek                                            Little Chautauqua Creek 

Murder Creek                                  Niagara                                                             Oak Orchard Creek 

Oatka Creek                                    Rushford Lake Outlet                                       Sugar Creek 

Twentymile Creek


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1205623 12/14/15 Alex Barham
1206630 06/09/16 Alex Barham Added local info
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