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New York whitewater, Indian River

Hamilton county, Abanakee Dam to Hudson River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     2.5 miles
  The Abanakee Dam to Hudson River section of Indian River in New York is 2.5 miles long and is a class II-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of New York and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting point is not too far from Gloversville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are some good stretches to paddle in this
    river system, the Abanakee Dam to Hudson River stretch is one of them. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river,
but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There's camping available near Indian River. The wild scenery of the Adirondack Mountains is great. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside New York you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking,  
either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Indian Lake love to come to Indian River, and there is a perfect hiking trail close by called the Northville Lake Placid Trail. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Adirondack Mountains. Summertime at Indian River comes with high temperatures in the 70's. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 50's. Daytime highs throughout the wintertime are in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Indian River.

Indian River, Abanakee Dam to Hudson River 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 Indian River.
 Whitewater Near Indian River:
Hudson River, Essex/ Hamilton/ Warren County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (Indian River to North River)
Indian River, Hamilton County, 2 miles away
      Class II-V - 2.5 miles long (Abanakee Dam to Hudson River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Sports Rafting, Hamilton County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cedar River, Hamilton/Essex County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 18 miles long (Sprague Brook to Hudson River)
Squaw Brook, -blank- County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1 miles long (A mile from Sabael)
Thirteenth Brook, Warren County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (to Hudson River at North River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adirondack Adventures, Warren County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Balm of Gilead Brook, Warren County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.5 miles long (Barton Mines Road to Hudson River)
Hudson River, Essex/ Hamilton/ Warren County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (North River to Riparius)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adirondack River Outfitters, Warren County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Indian River:
Gore Mountain, New York , 16 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 27 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 32 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 36 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
West Mountain, New York , 42 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 47 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 52 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 62 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 76 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Hunter Mountain, New York , 81 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
 Marinas Near Indian River:
Clark's Indian Lake Marina, Sabael , 9 miles away
Long Lake Marina, Long Lake , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Indian River:
Best Western Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake , 25 miles away
The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid , 27 miles away
Courtyard Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 27 miles away
Prague Inn Suites And Cottages, Lake Placid , 27 miles away
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Indian River:
Siamese Ponds Wilderness - Thirteenth Lake, North River, 8 miles away
Cedar Pond Campground, Newcomb, 8 miles away
Lake Harris, Newcomb, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Indian River:
Northville Lake Placid Trail, Hamilton , 12 miles away
Santanoni Peak-Upper Works Road / Sanford Lake, Essex , 16 miles away
Panther Peak-Upper Works Road / Sanford Lake, Essex , 16 miles away
Couchsachraga Peak-Upper Works Road / Sanford Lake, Essex , 16 miles away
Allen Mountain-Upper Works Rd. - Hanging Spears Fls., Essex , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Indian River:
High Peaks Golf Course, Newcomb , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Indian River
Blue Mountain Lake, Hamilton , 17 miles away

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