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New York whitewater, Independence River

Herkimer Lewis county, Bradish Road to Old Pine Grove Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V+     2.6 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Utica-Rome, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful New York scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Independence River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The average New York whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are
    not easy. This stretch of Independence River is 2.6 miles long and has been rated as a class II-V+ section by American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way
this is an area with plenty of places for that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end  
up sleeping in your car. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Bradish Road to Old Pine Grove Road section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Independence River is a location with many visitors from Glenfield. Everybody loves Whetstone Gulf State Park; you can hit the slopes at Snow Ridge around here. This river has so much to offer. All through the summer months, highs frequently are in the 70's at Independence River. During the dark hours of summer temperatures drop down into the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Independence River are in the 0's.

Independence River, Bradish Road to Old Pine Grove Road 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 Independence River.
 Whitewater Near Independence River:
Independence River, Herkimer/Lewis County, 1 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Bradish Road to Old Pine Grove Road)
Moose River, Oneida/ Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Fowlersville to Lyons Falls)
Otter Creek, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 10.4 miles long (Partridgeville Road to Pine Grove Road)
Beaver River, Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Taylorville Section)
Black River, Oneida / Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2.7 miles long (Hawkinsville to Port Leyden)
Beaver River, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Eagle Section)
Black River, Oneida County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Hawkinsville to Norton Road)
Moose River, Oneida/ Lewis County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Rock Island to Fowlersville)
Oswegatchie River - West Branch, Lewis County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 7 miles long (Bisha Falls to Jerden Falls)
Negro Brook, Lewis County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Boshart Road to East Road)
 Ski Areas Near Independence River:
Snow Ridge, New York , 7 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 22 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 27 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Dry Hill, New York , 40 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 62 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Labrador Mountain, New York , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Song Mountain, New York , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Greek Peak, New York , 82 miles away, 952 foot drop, 9 lifts, 29 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 87 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 90 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
 Hotels Near Independence River:
Pleasant Night Inn, Carthage , 22 miles away
Adirondack Lodge Old Forge, Old Forge , 25 miles away
INN AT THE BEECHES, Rome , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn Rome NY, Rome , 26 miles away
Wingate By Wyndham Rome, Rome , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Independence River:
Otter Creek Horse Camp, Glenfield, 2 miles away
Moose River Campgrounds, Port Leyden, 8 miles away
Happy Hollow Campground, Lowville, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Independence River:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 27 miles away
Whetstone Gulf State Park, New York , 9 miles away
Pixley Falls State Park, New York , 16 miles away
Delta Lake State Park, New York , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Independence River:
Brantingham Golf Club, Brantingham , 6 miles away
Turin Highlands Golf Course, Turin , 11 miles away
Woodgate Pines Golf Club, Boonville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Independence River
Brantingham Lake, Lewis , 6 miles away

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