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New York whitewater, Black River

Herkimer Oneida county, North Lake to Farr Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     6 miles
  If you're coming from Utica-Rome it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The wonderful New York scenery and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great.
    The North Lake to Farr Road stretch of Black River in Herkimer/ Oneida County is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-IV section. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking
this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. When you're paddling down a Adirondack Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There arenít any hotels right  
nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The campgrounds here at Black River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Cold Brook here at Black River; the Twin Lakes Trail offers hiking at its best. Having a great time in the Adirondack Mountains is easy. Really delightful skiing awaits you at McCauley Mountain, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Forty Mountain Trail. A river like this is too good to miss. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 70's to Black River.

Black River, North Lake to Farr Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Black River.
 Whitewater Near Black River:
Black River, Herkimer/ Oneida County, 3 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6 miles long (North Lake to Farr Road)
Black River, Herkimer County, 3 miles away
      Class I-V - 8 miles long (Farr Road to Enos)
Woodhull Creek, Herkimer/ Oneida County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (Chub Pond to Horton Road)
Little Woodhull Creek, Herkimer/ Oneida County, 6 miles away
      Class -blank- - 5 miles long (Stone Dam Trail to Kincaid Road)
Black River - South Branch, Herkimer County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8 miles long (South Lake to Black River)
Little Black Creek, Herkimer/ Oneida County, 8 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.5 miles long (Hughes Road to Black River)
West Canada Creek, Herkimer County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 1.5 miles long (Ohio Gorge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Challengers, Herkimer County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Adirondack River Outfitters, Herkimer County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Moose River - Middle Branch, Herkimer County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Singing Waters Campground to McKeever)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
McCauley Mountain, New York , 10 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 30 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 31 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 65 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 68 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Dry Hill, New York , 68 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 73 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Belleayre, New York , 76 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 76 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 78 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
 Marinas Near Black River:
Big Moose Marina, Eagle Bay , 17 miles away
Clark's Marina, Inlet , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Black River:
Adirondack Lodge Old Forge, Old Forge , 10 miles away
Red Roof Inn & Suites Herkimer, Herkimer , 24 miles away
Overlook Mansion, Little Falls , 24 miles away
Canal Side Inn, Little Falls , 24 miles away
Travelodge Little Falls, Little Falls , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
North Lake, Cold Brook, 2 miles away
Nicks Lake Campgrounds, Old Forge, 10 miles away
Singing waters Campground, Old Forge, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Black River:
Twin Lakes Trail, Herkimer , 1 miles away
Forty Mountain Trail, Herkimer , 6 miles away
Stone Dam Trail, Herkimer , 6 miles away
Party Trail, Herkimer , 6 miles away
California Trail, Herkimer , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 36 miles away
Pixley Falls State Park, New York , 25 miles away
Delta Lake State Park, New York , 32 miles away
Glimmerglass State Park, New York , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Thendara Golf Club, Thendara , 10 miles away
Newport Golf Club Of, Poland , 16 miles away
Alder Creek Golf Course, Alder Creek , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
Woodhull Lake, Herkimer , 5 miles away
Chub Pond, Herkimer , 5 miles away
Mounts Creek Lake, Herkimer , 13 miles away

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