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New York whitewater, Black River - South Branch

Herkimer county, South Lake to Black River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     8 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This section of Black River - South Branch in Herkimer County is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV section. There's camping available near Black River - South Branch. The wonderful New York scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on
    the water attract people from near and far. The put-in location is a short drive from Utica-Rome, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip.
There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The wild scenery of the Adirondack Mountains is great. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots  
for that.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is great here at Black River - South Branch, you can go for a hike along the Party Trail. If you like skiing, you're in luck; McCauley Mountain is near Black River - South Branch, and Black River - South Branch is a spot with many visitors from Cold Brook. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. While you're here at Black River - South Branch you can take a hike along the Twin Lakes Trail. For the period of the long summer days at Black River - South Branch temperatures are generally in the 70's. Summer overnight lows fall down to the 50's.

Black River - South Branch, South Lake to Black River 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 Black River - South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Black River - South Branch:
Black River, Herkimer/ Oneida County, 2 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6 miles long (North Lake to Farr Road)
Black River - South Branch, Herkimer County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8 miles long (South Lake to Black River)
West Canada Creek, Herkimer County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 1.5 miles long (Ohio Gorge)
Black River, Herkimer County, 7 miles away
      Class I-V - 8 miles long (Farr Road to Enos)
West Canada Creek, Oneida/ Herkimer County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 3.5 miles long (Big Brook to Route 8)
Woodhull Creek, Herkimer/ Oneida County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (Chub Pond to Horton Road)
Little Woodhull Creek, Herkimer/ Oneida County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 5 miles long (Stone Dam Trail to Kincaid Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adirondack River Outfitters, Herkimer County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Little Black Creek, Herkimer/ Oneida County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.5 miles long (Hughes Road to Black River)
West Canada Creek - South Branch, Hamilton County, 12 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 5 miles long (Fayle Road to Nobleboro)
 Ski Areas Near Black River - South Branch:
McCauley Mountain, New York , 10 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 34 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 35 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 64 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 64 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 69 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Dry Hill, New York , 72 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Belleayre, New York , 74 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 76 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 76 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
 Marinas Near Black River - South Branch:
Clark's Marina, Inlet , 16 miles away
Big Moose Marina, Eagle Bay , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Black River - South Branch:
Overlook Mansion, Little Falls , 23 miles away
Canal Side Inn, Little Falls , 23 miles away
Travelodge Little Falls, Little Falls , 23 miles away
Red Roof Inn And Suites Herkimer, Herkimer , 25 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Ilion, Ilion , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River - South Branch:
North Lake, Cold Brook, 2 miles away
Nicks Lake Campgrounds, Old Forge, 10 miles away
OLD Forge Camping Resort, Old Forge, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Black River - South Branch:
Twin Lakes Trail, Herkimer , 4 miles away
Party Trail, Herkimer , 8 miles away
Forty Mountain Trail, Herkimer , 9 miles away
Stone Dam Trail, Herkimer , 10 miles away
California Trail, Herkimer , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River - South Branch:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 40 miles away
Pixley Falls State Park, New York , 29 miles away
Glimmerglass State Park, New York , 35 miles away
Delta Lake State Park, New York , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River - South Branch:
Thendara Golf Club, Thendara , 11 miles away
Inlet Golf Club, Inlet , 17 miles away
Newport Golf Club Of, Poland , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River - South Branch
Woodhull Lake, Herkimer , 6 miles away
Chub Pond, Herkimer , 9 miles away
Mounts Creek Lake, Herkimer , 10 miles away

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