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New York whitewater, Esopus Creek

Ulster county, Stillwater Road to Tongore Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     7.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New York is often tougher than elsewhere, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The wonderful Ulster County scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The starting point is not too far from Kingston, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while
    have people coming from far and near. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon
trip. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The beautiful Catskill Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This stretch of Esopus Creek is 7.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Stillwater  
Road to Tongore Road section is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Put some time aside to spend at Glenerie Falls since you're here at Esopus Creek. Esopus Creek is not far at all from Lake Katrine; Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park is a splendid spot to stretch your legs a bit. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Esopus Creek gets a typical amount of annual rain. The month with most of the rain is May, and February is when it's the driest. For the duration of the warm days of summer at Esopus Creek temperatures are typically in the 70's while nighttime lows are ordinarily in the 50's.

Esopus Creek, Stillwater Road to Tongore Road 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 Esopus Creek.
 Whitewater Near Esopus Creek:
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Glenerie Falls to Saugerties)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Stillwater Road to Tongore Road)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road)
Beaver Kill River, Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 212 bridge below Willow to Kaaterskill)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1)
Kaaterskill Creek, Green/Ulster County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (High Falls to Catskill Creek)
Plattekill Creek, Greene / Ulster County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Platte Clove Road to West Saugerties)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.5 miles long (Meads Mountain Road bridge to Chestnut Hill Road)
Rondout Creek, Ulster County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (High Falls Dam to Wallkill River)
Roeliff Jansen Kill River, Columbia County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bingham Mills to Route 9G)
 Ski Areas Near Esopus Creek:
Hunter Mountain, New York , 19 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 24 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Belleayre, New York , 36 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 37 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 38 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 41 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 43 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 47 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 48 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 48 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Esopus Creek:
Atlantic Yacht Associates, Kingston , 3 miles away
Jeff's Yacht Haven, Connelly , 4 miles away
 Hotels Near Esopus Creek:
Hampton Inn Kingston, Kingston , 1 miles away
Courtyard Kingston, Kingston , 1 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Kingston , 3 miles away
Superlodge, Kingston , 3 miles away
Super 8 Kingston, Kingston , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Esopus Creek:
Blue Mt Campground, Saugerties, 2 miles away
Saugerties/Woodstock KOA, Saugerties, 5 miles away
Hidden Valley Lake, Kingston, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Esopus Creek:
Willow Trail, Ulster , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Esopus Creek:
Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, New York , 8 miles away
James Baird State Park, New York , 20 miles away
Lake Taghkanic State Park, New York , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Esopus Creek:
Kessman Herbert N, Kingston , 1 miles away
Green Acres Golf Club, Kingston , 2 miles away
Hudson Valley Golf, Kingston , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Esopus Creek
Onteora Lake, Ulster , 6 miles away
Sturgeon Pool, Ulster , 8 miles away
Sepasco Lake, Dutchess , 11 miles away

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