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New York whitewater, Ausable River - West Branch

Essex county, Adirondak Loj Road to Route 73 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     6.5 miles
  This section of Ausable River - West Branch is 6.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Essex County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Plattsburgh, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. On this section you do get some distance, it's good
    length for a morning trip. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Adirondak Loj Road to Route 73 section is just one of them. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature
will make you glad you came. The Adirondack Mountains scenery is wonderful. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Since you're  
on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
On a magnificent day at Ausable River - West Branch you can take a hike along the Mt. Skylight-Adirondack Loj; there are plenty of people from Lake Placid here at Ausable River - West Branch. So much cool stuff in the Adirondack Mountains, just unbelievable. There is a good hiking trail in the vicinity of Ausable River - West Branch called the Mt. Marcy-Adirondack Loj, and a day at Jones Beach is time well spent. This river is a great place to visit.

Ausable River - West Branch, Adirondak Loj Road to Route 73 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Ausable River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Adirondak Loj Road to Route 73)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Monument on Route 86 to High Falls)
John's Brook, Essex County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Caretaker's Cabin to Moutaineer Outfitters in Keene Valley)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (High Falls Gorge)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (High Falls Gorge to Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Flume)
Cold River, Franklin/ Essex/ Hamilton County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 14 miles long (Duck Hole to mouth)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 6.3 miles long (Hulls Falls to Keene)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Keene to Upper Jay)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 11 miles long (Wilmington to Ausable Forks)
 Ski Areas Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 9 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 13 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 27 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 33 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 38 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
West Mountain, New York , 49 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 67 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 68 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 72 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 74 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
 Marinas Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Swiss Boat Rentals, Saranac Lake , 12 miles away
Crescent Bay, Saranac Lake , 13 miles away
 Beaches Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Jones Beach, Essex , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Econo Lodge Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 3 miles away
Courtyard Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 3 miles away
Prague Inn Suites And Cottages, Lake Placid , 3 miles away
Spruce Lodge Bed & Breakfast & Guest Cottage, Lake Placid , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Lake Placid, NY, Lake Placid , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Adirondak Loj, Lake Placid, 3 miles away
Whispering Pines Campground, Lake Placid, 3 miles away
Meadowbrook, Ray Brook, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Mt. Skylight-Adirondack Loj, Essex , 2 miles away
Mt. Marcy-Adirondack Loj, Essex , 2 miles away
Algonquin Peak-Adirondack Loj, Essex , 2 miles away
Gray Peak-Adirondack Loj, Essex , 2 miles away
Iroquois Peak-Adirondack Loj, Essex , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Macomb Reservation State Park, New York , 31 miles away
D.A.R. State Park, Vermont , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Craigwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Placid , 3 miles away
Whiteface Golf Club, Lake Placid , 5 miles away
Saranac Lake Golf Club, Saranac Lake , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Ausable River - West Branch
Lake Placid, Essex , 5 miles away
Copperas Pond, Essex , 7 miles away
Franklin Falls Pond, Franklin , 11 miles away

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