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New York whitewater, Oswegatchie River

St. Lawrence county, Oxbow to Elmdale section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     8 miles
 
I went years ago with my father and boy scouts. Looking to take some old friends for a long weekend.If you could help with some info that would be greatly appreciated. Says Steven Baldes Jr.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New York is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Watertown-Fort Drum, if
    you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. 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 is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. The wonderful New York scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one  
day trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Oswegatchie River you'll most likely meet some people from Antwerp, and you absolutely ought to pop by Jacques Cartier State Park if you're here. The annual precipitation here at Oswegatchie River is about average. All through the month of August you get the most rain around here, and the driest of the months is February. At Oswegatchie River throughout the warmest time of the year highs are in the 80's. Summer overnight lows fall down to the 50's.

Oswegatchie River, Oxbow to Elmdale road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Oswegatchie River.
 Whitewater Near Oswegatchie River:
Oswegatchie River, St. Lawrence County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Oxbow to Elmdale)
Sawyer Creek, St. Lawrence County, 10 miles away
      Class I-V - 6 miles long (West Fowler to Matoon Creek)
Island Branch, St. Lawrence County, 11 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.5 miles long (Emoryville Road to Island Branch R)
Black Creek, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Sterlingville to Philadelphia)
Indian River, Lewis/ Jefferson County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Natural Bridge to Antwerp)
Boland Creek, St. Lawrence County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (Davis Creek to Oswegatchie River)
Oswegatchie River - West Branch, St. Lawrence County, 17 miles away
      Class I-V - 4.5 miles long (Fullerville to Oswegatchie)
Negro Brook, Lewis County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Boshart Road to East Road)
Mill Creek, Lewis County, 26 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (West Lowville to Lowville)
Elm Creek, St. Lawrence County, 26 miles away
      Class -blank- - 6.5 miles long (Fairbanks Corners to Cousintown Road)
 Ski Areas Near Oswegatchie River:
Dry Hill, New York , 30 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 36 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 52 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 53 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Camp Fortune - Ste. Marie, Quebec , 61 miles away, 650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
Mont Cascades, Quebec , 65 miles away, 525 foot drop, 17 lifts, 15 runs
Edelweiss, Quebec , 68 miles away, 656 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Vorlage, Quebec , 70 miles away, 467 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Pakenham, Ontario , 71 miles away, 320 foot drop, 7 lifts, 12 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 78 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Oswegatchie River:
Chapman's Marina, Hammond , 7 miles away
Schermerhorn Harbor, Hammond , 15 miles away
Blind Bay Marina Corp/Soft Winds Marina, Hammond , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Oswegatchie River:
Quality Inn Gran-View, Ogdensburg , 17 miles away
Pleasant Night Inn, Carthage , 18 miles away
Days Inn Evans Mills/Fort Drum, Evans Mills , 22 miles away
Candlewood Suites WATERTOWN-FORT DRUM, Evans Mills , 22 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Calcium/Near Fort Drum, Calcium , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Oswegatchie River:
Backbay Campground, Hammond, 7 miles away
Camp Carol Camps, Hammond, 7 miles away
Chapman's Marina, Hammond, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Oswegatchie River:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 56 miles away
Jacques Cartier State Park, New York , 14 miles away
Cedar Island State Park, New York , 16 miles away
Eel Weir State Park, New York , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Oswegatchie River:
Gouverneur Country Club, Gouverneur , 6 miles away
Emerald Greens, Gouverneur , 10 miles away
Langbrook Meadows Golf Course, Brier Hill , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Oswegatchie River
Muskellunge Lake, Jefferson , 8 miles away
Red Lake, Jefferson , 11 miles away
Sixberry Lake, Jefferson , 13 miles away

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