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New York whitewater, Ausable River - West Branch

Essex county, High Falls Gorge to Flume section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Essex County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The put-in location is a short drive from Plattsburgh, as you can see on the road map further down. The High Falls Gorge to Flume stretch of Ausable River - West Branch in Essex County is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class V section by American Whitewater. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming
    back for more. When you're paddling down a Adirondack Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The High Falls Gorge to Flume stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system.
This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in New York are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers  
in this state are less manageable. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
The Flume Fall is always fun to check out, and you might also want to pay a visit to High Falls Gorge if you're here at Ausable River - West Branch. Just can't get enough of the Adirondack Mountains. High Falls is a pretty place to visit while you're at Ausable River - West Branch. There's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby Whiteface Mountain. Good hiking is available along the Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt.

Ausable River - West Branch, High Falls Gorge to Flume road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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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, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (High Falls Gorge to Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (High Falls Gorge)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 11 miles long (Wilmington to Ausable Forks)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Monument on Route 86 to High Falls)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Keene to Upper Jay)
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 - East Branch, Essex County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 6.3 miles long (Hulls Falls to Keene)
Saranac River, Clinton County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)
Saranac River, Clinton County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (Silver Lake Road to Redford)
 Ski Areas Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 0 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 19 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 33 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 35 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 44 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
West Mountain, New York , 53 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 61 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 65 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 67 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
Bolton Valley, Vermont , 70 miles away, 1634 foot drop, 6 lifts, 60 runs
 Marinas Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Swiss Boat Rentals, Saranac Lake , 18 miles away
Crescent Bay, Saranac Lake , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Jones Beach, Essex , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Lake House At Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 9 miles away
Econo Lodge Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn Lake Placid, NY, Lake Placid , 9 miles away
Spruce Lodge Bed & Breakfast & Guest Cottage, Lake Placid , 9 miles away
ZZ-Town And Country Motor Inn, Lake Placid , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Wilmington Notch Camp Ground, Upper Jay, 1 miles away
KOA Kampgrounds, Wilmington, 1 miles away
Lake Placid/Whiteface MT KOA, Wilmington, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Whiteface Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 2 miles away
Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 2 miles away
Schwartz Trail, Essex , 4 miles away
Cascade Mountain-Route 73 - Cascade Lakes, Essex , 7 miles away
Porter Mountain-Route 73 - Cascade Lakes, Essex , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Macomb Reservation State Park, New York , 21 miles away
D.A.R. State Park, Vermont , 34 miles away
Cumberland Bay State Park, New York , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Craigwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Placid , 9 miles away
Whiteface Golf Club, Lake Placid , 10 miles away
Indole Golf Course, Au Sable Forks , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Ausable River - West Branch
Copperas Pond, Essex , 3 miles away
Franklin Falls Pond, Franklin , 9 miles away
Lake Placid, Essex , 10 miles away

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