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New York whitewater, Ausable River - East Branch

Essex county, Keene to Upper Jay section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     6.3 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Plattsburgh, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Essex County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Ausable River - East Branch are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Ausable River - East Branch in Essex County is 6.3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. If you're a camper you can camp at
    one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. You might
be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because  
it is a very popular destination. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. The river winds through the Adirondack Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is perfect here at Ausable River - East Branch, you can go for a hike along the Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway; you'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Whiteface Mountain since you're here. Life's too short to enjoy all the amusing stuff in the Adirondack Mountains. Going for a hike along the Whiteface Mountain-Whiteface Mt.

Ausable River - East Branch, Keene to Upper Jay road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Ausable River - East Branch.
 Whitewater Near Ausable River - East Branch:
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Keene to Upper Jay)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 6.3 miles long (Hulls Falls to Keene)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 11 miles long (Wilmington to Ausable Forks)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Flume)
Styles Brook, Essex County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (Jay)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (High Falls Gorge to Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (High Falls Gorge)
The Branch, Essex County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Along State Route 9N Alder Brook R)
Little Black Brook, Clinton/ Essex County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 17 TO West Branch Ausable River)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Monument on Route 86 to High Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Ausable River - East Branch:
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 6 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 24 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 35 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 39 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 41 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
West Mountain, New York , 50 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 56 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 60 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 62 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
Bolton Valley, Vermont , 65 miles away, 1634 foot drop, 6 lifts, 60 runs
 Beaches Near Ausable River - East Branch:
Jones Beach, Essex , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Ausable River - East Branch:
Lake House At Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
Econo Lodge Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
Courtyard Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 14 miles away
Spruce Lodge Bed & Breakfast & Guest Cottage, Lake Placid , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn Lake Placid, NY, Lake Placid , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ausable River - East Branch:
High Peaks Base Camp, Upper Jay, 2 miles away
Lake Placid/Whiteface MT KOA, Wilmington, 5 miles away
KOA Kampgrounds, Wilmington, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Ausable River - East Branch:
Whiteface Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 6 miles away
Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 6 miles away
Mt. Haystack-''The Garden,'' Keene Valley, Essex , 6 miles away
Basin Mountain-''The Garden,'' Keene Valley, Essex , 6 miles away
Gothics-''The Garden,'' Keene Valley, Essex , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ausable River - East Branch:
Macomb Reservation State Park, New York , 20 miles away
D.A.R. State Park, Vermont , 28 miles away
Button Bay Camel's Hump State Park, Vermont , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ausable River - East Branch:
Indole Golf Course, Au Sable Forks , 10 miles away
Craigwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Placid , 14 miles away
Cobble Hill Golf Course, Elizabethtown , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Ausable River - East Branch
Copperas Pond, Essex , 8 miles away
Franklin Falls Pond, Franklin , 15 miles away
Lake Placid, Essex , 15 miles away

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