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New York whitewater, The Branch

Essex county, Boreas Road to Palmer Pond section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     6 miles
  If you're coming from Glens Falls it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The nature scenery of New York and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. The Boreas Road to Palmer Pond stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night,
    and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This section of The Branch in Essex County is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class III-V section by American Whitewater. A bit of exercise and spending some quality
time in nature have people coming from far and near. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The campgrounds here at The Branch are pretty good. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. The beautiful Adirondack Mountains scenery is an added bonus. No matter if you're whitewater rafting  
or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from North Hudson here at The Branch, and a visit to Jones Beach is always a splendid idea. There's no way somebody can get bored here in the Adirondack Mountains. Hiking along the Dix Mountain-Elk Lake - Beckhorn Trail is good fun, and you can have a fine hiking adventure along the Macomb Mountain-Elk Lake - Dix Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. The Branch gets a typical amount of rainfall. August is when you get the most rain here, and the driest month of the year is February.

The Branch, Boreas Road to Palmer Pond 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 The Branch.
 Whitewater Near The Branch:
West Mill Creek, Essex County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (South of Exit 30 off I-87)
The Branch, Essex County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 6 miles long (Boreas Road to Palmer Pond)
Schroon River, Essex County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (North Hudson bridge to Schroon Falls)
John's Brook, Essex County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Caretaker's Cabin to Moutaineer Outfitters in Keene Valley)
Trout Brook River, Warren County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 4 miles long (Alder Brook Road to Pottersville)
Boreas River - Upper, Essex County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 6.5 miles long (Boreas Road to Route 28N)
Schroon River, Warren County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Starbuckville to Riverbank)
Boquet River, Essex County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.6 miles long (Beaver Meadow Brook to Northway)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 6.3 miles long (Hulls Falls to Keene)
The Branch, Essex County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Along State Route 9N Alder Brook R)
 Ski Areas Near The Branch:
Gore Mountain, New York , 20 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 20 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 24 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 30 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
West Mountain, New York , 33 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 50 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 51 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 60 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 62 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 63 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
 Marinas Near The Branch:
Schroon Lake Marina, Schroon Lake , 6 miles away
Palmer Brothers Marina, Brant Lake , 14 miles away
 Beaches Near The Branch:
Jones Beach, Essex , 3 miles away
 Hotels Near The Branch:
Econo Lodge Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 20 miles away
Rodeway Inn Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 20 miles away
Courtyard Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 20 miles away
Prague Inn Suites And Cottages, Lake Placid , 21 miles away
Spruce Lodge Bed & Breakfast & Guest Cottage, Lake Placid , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near The Branch:
Shearer's Riverside Campsite, Severance, 3 miles away
Paradise Pines Camping Resort, North Hudson, 6 miles away
Medcalf Acres Campsite, Schroon Lake, 6 miles away
 Trails Near The Branch:
Dix Mountain-Elk Lake - Beckhorn Trail, Essex , 4 miles away
Macomb Mountain-Elk Lake - Dix Trail, Essex , 4 miles away
Hough Peak-Elk Lake - Dix Trail, Essex , 4 miles away
South Dix-Elk Lake - Dix Trail, Essex , 4 miles away
East Dix-Elk Lake - Dix Trail, Essex , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near The Branch:
D.A.R. State Park, Vermont , 27 miles away
Button Bay Camel's Hump State Park, Vermont , 33 miles away
Macomb Reservation State Park, New York , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near The Branch:
Town Of Schroon - Golf Club, Schroon Lake , 6 miles away
Green Mansions Golf Club, Chestertown , 18 miles away
Cobble Hill Golf Course, Elizabethtown , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near The Branch
Johnson Pond, Essex , 7 miles away
Schroon Lake, Essex , 9 miles away
Goose Pond, Essex , 10 miles away

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