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New York whitewater, Cold River

Franklin Essex Hamilton county, Duck Hole to mouth section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V+     14 miles
  The Duck Hole to mouth stretch of Cold River is 14 miles long and is a class II-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New York is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The nature scenery of New York and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. The
    wild scenery of the Adirondack Mountains is great. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled
as well. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Malone, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.  
This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Big Eddy will fill your spirit with wonderful feelings. Cold River is right by the Mt. Donaldson-Corey's Road - Ward Brook Truck Trail, and don't leave Cold River without first paying a visit to Millers Falls. A river like this is too good to miss. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Seward Mountain-Corey's Road - Ward Brook Truck Trail, and this is a popular location for people from Newcomb.

Cold River, Duck Hole to mouth 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 Cold River.
 Whitewater Near Cold River:
Cold River, Franklin/ Essex/ Hamilton County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 14 miles long (Duck Hole to mouth)
Hudson River, Essex/ Hamilton/ Warren County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (Indian River to North River)
Indian River, Hamilton County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 2.5 miles long (Abanakee Dam to Hudson River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Sports Rafting, Hamilton County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cedar River, Hamilton/Essex County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 18 miles long (Sprague Brook to Hudson River)
Boreas River, Essex/Warren County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Route 28N to Hudson River)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Adirondak Loj Road to Route 73)
Rock River, Hamilton County, 18 miles away
      Class II-V - 5 miles long (Lake Durant to Cedar River)
Boreas River - Upper, Essex County, 19 miles away
      Class II-V - 6.5 miles long (Boreas Road to Route 28N)
Squaw Brook, -blank- County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1 miles long (A mile from Sabael)
 Ski Areas Near Cold River:
Mount Pisgah, New York , 13 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 26 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 27 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 32 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 42 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
West Mountain, New York , 53 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 56 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 73 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 86 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 87 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Cold River:
Swiss Boat Rentals, Saranac Lake , 12 miles away
Crescent Bay, Saranac Lake , 12 miles away
Long Lake Marina, Long Lake , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Cold River:
Best Western Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake , 12 miles away
The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid , 16 miles away
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid , 17 miles away
Quality Inn On Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 17 miles away
Maple Leaf Inn - Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cold River:
Cedar Pond Campground, Newcomb, 8 miles away
Lake Harris, Newcomb, 9 miles away
Donaldson George A and Sons, Saranac Lake, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Cold River:
Seward Mountain-Corey's Road - Ward Brook Truck Trail, Franklin , 5 miles away
Mt. Donaldson-Corey's Road - Ward Brook Truck Trail, Franklin , 5 miles away
Seymour Mountain-Corey's Road - Ward Brook Truck Trail, Franklin , 5 miles away
Mt. Emmons-Corey's Road - Ward Brook Truck Trail, Franklin , 5 miles away
Santanoni Peak-Upper Works Road / Sanford Lake, Essex , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cold River:
Saranac Lake Golf Club, Saranac Lake , 11 miles away
High Peaks Golf Course, Newcomb , 11 miles away
Saranac Inn Golf & Country Club, Saranac Lake , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Cold River
Pine Pond, Franklin , 9 miles away
Upper Saranac Lake, Franklin , 12 miles away
Follensby Clear Pond, Franklin , 14 miles away

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