Gauge Description:

This reach is one of AW's latest success stories after a ten-year FERC Settlement process. Flows through Stone Valley are controlled by a series of 5 dams, but paddling levels regularly occur APR-NOV. Flows are a result of recreational releases, minimum instream flows, and "notification" of when natural flows or unscheduled events result in spillage through Stone Valley. Due to the series of dams, there is no dependable real-time flow information so use the flow forecast provided by Reliant Stone Valley Forecast.

Flows


The range of flows combined with numerous lines through all rapids, gives the river "multiple personalities".

MIN 125cfs Class IV+ creeking (upper mile only)
LOW 500-900cfs Class IV-V (CL IV+ below 500cfs)
MED 900-1200cfs Class V (Holes become very sticky at about 900cfs)
HIGH 1200-2000cfs Class V-V(+) Holes become keepers
HAIR Above 2000cfs Class V(+). Think Bottom Moose over 6 feet with no pools between drops.
Plan on spending 3 times longer scouting, setting safety, and portaging than actually running rapids.



Note: rapid descriptions in the Rapids  are for 700-900cfs.

APR-MAY: The Raquette has a very large and marshy headwater area that starts in the heart of the Adirondacks at Blue Mountain Lake winding through Long Lake and Tupper Lake. This makes for a long and consistent spring runoff. Flows are generally "MED" to "HAIR!" running 24/7.

Minimum Instream Flows: Once runoff is below facility capacity, only minimum instream flows occur. The upper mile is fun CL IV+ creekin', but you will scrape lots in the lower two miles. Below 180 cfs I would not try to scrape down the last two miles. The Midway take-out is an option at these levels. (See directions below)

APR-JUN: 200 cfs
JUL-NOV: 90-125 cfs

Scheduled Releases: There are 6 scheduled releases Jul-Sept. Release flows are generally between 600 cfs and 900 cfs, but can be as high as 1200 cfs. The schedule is published in the late spring and subject to change due to power emergencies or severe drought.

Sign In: Be sure to sign in whenever you paddle. User data is important to document use of the resource for continued releases. For the six scheduled releases, sign Reliant's roster (grey podium). Sign ADK's trail log all other times and note that you are paddling (brown box).

Releases on some September weekends. Here's the confirmed Raquette release schedule for 2011:

Sat., July 9: 720 cfs from 10 AM-3 PM
Sat., July 23: 720 cfs from 10 AM-3 PM
Sat., August 6: 720 cfs from 10 AM-3 PM
Sat., August 20: 720 cfs from 10 AM-3 PM
Sat., September 3: 720 cfs from 10 AM-2:30 PM; 900 cfs from 2:30 PM-4 PM
Mon., September 5: 720 cfs from 8 AM-4 PM; full release from 10 AM to 3 PM

Ramping Flows: Flows are ramped up and down by a factor of two every hour until the target level is obtained. It takes about 30 minutes for the release bubble to travel the first mile, and about 2 hours for target flows to reach the takeout. Approximately the same amount of time for ramping flows down. BEWARE OF THESE CHANGING LEVELS and plan your runs accordingly. Ramping schedules are generally posted by Reliant on the Stone Valley Forecast site.

On some Stone Valley weekends, paddlers also head over to the Beaver for some fun. Here's the Beaver release schedule:

Eagle section of the Beaver (all releases 1 PM-5 PM, 200 cfs):
Sun., September 4
Mon., September 5 (Labor Day)
Sat., September 10
Sat., September 24
Sun., September 25

Moshier section of the Beaver (10 AM-2 PM release, 400 cfs):

Sun., September 4

Taylorville section of the Beaver (all releases 10 AM-2 PM, 400 cfs):
Sat., September 3
Mon., September 5 (Labor Day)
Sat., September 10
Sat., September 24
Sun., September 25

Fall Paddling: Once the leaves drop normal rainfall and storage draw-down allows several weeks of paddling mid-Oct through end of Nov. Levels range from LOW to HAIR. Note: Reliant Power does allow hunting on its property in Stone Valley.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
RAQUETTE RIVER AT PIERCEFIELD NY
usgs-04266500 500 - 2000 cfs IV-V 01h58m ~ 3720 cfs (too high)
Real-time flow information not dependable. Use flow forecast provided by Reliant Stone Valley Forecast. See 'Flow Info' tab.
gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
500 -2000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable IV-V gauge is important or has warning Real-time flow information not dependable. Use flow forecast provided by Reliant Stone Valley Forecast. (See 'Flow Info' tab.)

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
RAQUETTE [ ] n/a JUDY FUHR
RAQUETTTE [ ] n/a JUDY FUHR
RAQUETTE [ ] n/a JUDY FUHR
Raquette [NY] Horseshoe Ledge in the Narrows n/a Tim Kelley
Raquette/Moose [NY] Gradient: Stone Valley and Bottom Moose n/a Matt Muir
1y6d02h19m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] Tubs! 750 cfs Adam Attarian
7y275d23h22m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] Colton Falls 720 cfs 153427
7y277d04h57m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] The Tub (I think) a good level 153427
7y277d04h57m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] Below the Tub (I think) a good level 153427
7y277d05h12m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] Below Colton Falls a good level 153427
7y277d05h12m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] Below Colton Falls a good level 153427
7y277d05h12m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] Below Colton Fals a good level 153427
7y277d05h12m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] Colton Falls a good level 153427
7y277d05h12m /Raquette-5) Stone Valley: Colton to Brown's Bridge [NY] Colton Falls a good level 153427
> 10 years Raquette [NY] Island Falls: Panoramic View 720 cfs Matt Muir
> 10 years Raquette [ny] Ferry overshoot at the Colton Boof 720cfs Jeff Macklin
> 10 years Raquette [NY] Spin offa da Boof 700 cfs Matt Muir
> 10 years Raquette [NY] Ratt @ Raquette 900 cfs Matt Muir
> 10 years Raquette River [NY] Double Trouble 720cfs Sharon Heller
> 10 years Raquette [NY] Left Channel of Narrows 720cfs Tim Kelley