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New York whitewater, Little River

St. Lawrence county, Aldrich to Oswegatchie section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6.2 miles
  The Aldrich to Oswegatchie stretch of Little River in St. Lawrence County is 6.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. The nature scenery of New York and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Ogdensburg-Massena, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nearby hotels
    are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Aldrich to Oswegatchie section is one of them. Great exercise and a chance
to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. The average New York whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. The river winds through the  
Adirondack Mountains and you get great scenery. There's camping available near Little River.

Briefly about the general area:
There's fine hiking along the Post Henderson Trail, and while you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Oswegatchie. If you have a thing about the outdoors you'll have a thing about it here in the Adirondack Mountains. The Salmon Lake Trail offers hiking at its best. All through the warm months at Little River highs are frequently in the 70's. For the period of the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 50's. All through the wintertime the highs are mostly in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Little River are in the 0's.

Little River, Aldrich to Oswegatchie 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 Little River.
 Whitewater Near Little River:
Little River, St. Lawrence County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.2 miles long (Aldrich to Oswegatchie)
Oswegatchie River - East Branch, St. Lawrence County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Flat Rock to Edwards)
Oswegatchie River - Middle Branch, Herkimer/ Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 22 miles long (Long Pond Road to Bryants Bridge)
Jenny Creek, St. Lawrence County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Jayville Road to Pitcairn)
Oswegatchie River - East Branch, St. Lawrence County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.2 miles long (Inlet to Wanakena)
Grass River - Lower South Branch, St. Lawrence County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.5 miles long (Twin Falls)
Plumb Brook, St. Lawrence County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (Blanchard Hill Road to Grass River)
Grass River, St. Lawrence County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 7 miles long (Lampsons Falls to Russell)
Oswegatchie River - Middle Branch, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class I-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Bryants Bridge to Fish Creek)
Grass River - North Branch, St. Lawrence County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (Clare Road to Grass River)
 Ski Areas Near Little River:
McCauley Mountain, New York , 25 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 35 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 48 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Dry Hill, New York , 59 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 66 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 67 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 78 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 85 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Camp Fortune - Ste. Marie, Quebec , 85 miles away, 650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
Mont Cascades, Quebec , 88 miles away, 525 foot drop, 17 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Little River:
Best Western University Inn, Canton , 22 miles away
Comfort Suites Canton, Canton , 22 miles away
Adirondack Lodge Old Forge, Old Forge , 24 miles away
Scottish Inns Potsdam, Potsdam , 25 miles away
The Clarkson Inn, Potsdam , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River:
Streeter Lake, Oswegatchie, 3 miles away
Branaugh Road, Croghan, 12 miles away
Stillwater Reservoir, Thendara, 14 miles away
 Trails Near Little River:
Post Henderson Trail, St. Lawrence , 6 miles away
Salmon Lake Trail, Herkimer , 15 miles away
The Loop, St. Lawrence , 16 miles away
Big Deer Pond Trail, St. Lawrence , 17 miles away
Sixmile Creek Trail, St. Lawrence , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 54 miles away
Higley Flow State Park, New York , 21 miles away
Eel Weir State Park, New York , 35 miles away
Whetstone Gulf State Park, New York , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River:
Sayles John M Memorial Golf Course, Star Lake , 4 miles away
Clifton-Fine Golf Course, Star Lake , 5 miles away

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