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New York whitewater, Ausable River - West Branch

Essex county, Wilmington to Ausable Forks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III+     11 miles
  The natural beauty of New York and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The starting location is a short drive from Plattsburgh, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This river system is full
    of great paddling stretches, the Wilmington to Ausable Forks stretch is just one of them. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. This stretch of Ausable River -
West Branch in Essex County is 11 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III+ section. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The wild scenery of the Adirondack Mountains is great. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good  
spots. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Head up to Whiteface Mountain and strap some skis to your feet. Hiking along the Whiteface Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway is wonderful fun; the great folks of Au Sable Forks like to hang out nearby. At this river you will never have a bad time. Have a good hiking adventure along the Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway. Everybody loves Macomb Reservation State Park. Ausable River - West Branch gets a normal amount of annual rainfall.

Ausable River - West Branch, Wilmington to Ausable Forks road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Ausable River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Little Black Brook, Clinton/ Essex County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 17 TO West Branch Ausable River)
Styles Brook, Essex County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (Jay)
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, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Flume)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Keene to Upper Jay)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (High Falls Gorge to Flume)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 6.3 miles long (Hulls Falls to Keene)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (High Falls Gorge)
Saranac River, Clinton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (Silver Lake Road to Redford)
The Branch, Essex County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Along State Route 9N Alder Brook R)
 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 , 26 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 38 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 41 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 47 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 53 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
West Mountain, New York , 56 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 58 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 60 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
Bolton Valley, Vermont , 62 miles away, 1634 foot drop, 6 lifts, 60 runs
 Hotels Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Lake House At Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 17 miles away
Econo Lodge Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn Lake Placid, NY, Lake Placid , 17 miles away
Spruce Lodge Bed & Breakfast & Guest Cottage, Lake Placid , 17 miles away
Courtyard Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ausable River - West Branch:
High Peaks Base Camp, Upper Jay, 5 miles away
North Pole Campground, Wilmington, 6 miles away
Lake Placid/Whiteface MT KOA, Wilmington, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Whiteface Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 6 miles away
Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 6 miles away
Silver Lake Mountain Trail, Clinton , 9 miles away
Schwartz Trail, Essex , 11 miles away
Mt. Haystack-''The Garden,'' Keene Valley, Essex , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Macomb Reservation State Park, New York , 14 miles away
Cumberland Bay State Park, New York , 28 miles away
D.A.R. State Park, Vermont , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Indole Golf Course, Au Sable Forks , 5 miles away
Cobble Hill Golf Course, Elizabethtown , 15 miles away
Craigwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Placid , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Ausable River - West Branch
Copperas Pond, Essex , 11 miles away
Franklin Falls Pond, Franklin , 16 miles away
Lake Placid, Essex , 18 miles away

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