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New York whitewater, Deer River

Lewis county, New Boston to High Falls Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     12.4 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Watertown-Fort Drum, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This stretch of Deer River is 12.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. If you hurry you
    can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. The campgrounds here at Deer River are pretty good. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The beautiful scenery of Lewis County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great exercise and just being out on  
the river for a while will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Deer River you'll probably meet some people from Copenhagen, and everyone close by loves skiing at Dry Hill. High temperatures at Deer River during the summer are in the 80's; the night is a tad cooler of course, frequently in the 60's. For the duration of the winter highs are in the 20's; overnight lows in the 0's for Deer River. The yearly rain here at Deer River is about average. November is the month that gets the most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month.

Deer River, New Boston to High Falls Dam 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 Deer River.
 Whitewater Near Deer River:
Deer River, Lewis County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.4 miles long (New Boston to High Falls Dam)
Mill Creek, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (West Lowville to Lowville)
Negro Brook, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Boshart Road to East Road)
Black Creek, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Sterlingville to Philadelphia)
Mad River, Oswego County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Road from Castor Hill to North Branch)
Black River, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 1 miles long (Route 3 Wave)
South Sandy Creek, Jefferson County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Route 95 to Route 11)
Black River, Jefferson County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Watertown to Brownville)
North Sandy Creek, Jefferson County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 17 miles long (Rodman to Route 3)
Indian River, Lewis/ Jefferson County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Natural Bridge to Antwerp)
 Ski Areas Near Deer River:
Dry Hill, New York , 15 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 22 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 35 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 52 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 54 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Labrador Mountain, New York , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Song Mountain, New York , 62 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Greek Peak, New York , 73 miles away, 952 foot drop, 9 lifts, 29 runs
Camp Fortune - Ste. Marie, Quebec , 83 miles away, 650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
Pakenham, Ontario , 85 miles away, 320 foot drop, 7 lifts, 12 runs
 Hotels Near Deer River:
Pleasant Night Inn, Carthage , 8 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Calcium/Near Fort Drum, Calcium , 13 miles away
Days Inn Evans Mills/Fort Drum, Evans Mills , 13 miles away
Candlewood Suites WATERTOWN-FORT DRUM, Evans Mills , 13 miles away
Watertown Budget Inn, Watertown , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deer River:
Twin Ponds Campground, Copenhagen, 2 miles away
Tuggers Grill Bar and Campgrounds, Copenhagen, 8 miles away
Fort Drum - Remington Pond, Watertown, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Deer River:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 36 miles away
Whetstone Gulf State Park, New York , 17 miles away
Keewaydin State Park, New York , 28 miles away
Westcott Beach State Park, New York , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deer River:
Carlowden Country Club, Carthage , 8 miles away
Cedars Golf Course, Lowville , 12 miles away
Watertown Golf Club, Watertown , 14 miles away

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