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New York whitewater, Rondout Creek

Ulster county, High Falls Dam to Wallkill River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     7.5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Kingston, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful New York scenery and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. If you're a camper you can camp at one
    of the great campgrounds nearby. This stretch of Rondout Creek in New York is 7.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York tend to be
more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park is a great spot; you're sure to bump into some friendly people from Bloomington here.
 
Everybody loves Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Rondout Creek is a quite wet place ordinarily with lots of rainfall. November is when you get the most rain here while February is frequently the driest month. Through the warm days of summer at Rondout Creek temperatures are mostly in the 70's. Through the moonlight hours it's frequently in the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Rondout Creek are in the 0's.

Rondout Creek, High Falls Dam to Wallkill River 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 Rondout Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rondout Creek:
Rondout Creek, Ulster County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (High Falls Dam to Wallkill River)
Coxing Kill River, Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Route 44/55 and downstream)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Stillwater Road to Tongore Road)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1)
Peters Kill River, Ulster County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.5 miles long (Minnewaska to Rondout Creek)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Glenerie Falls to Saugerties)
Rochester Creek, Ulster County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Liebhardt to Mill Brook)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 13 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.5 miles long (Meads Mountain Road bridge to Chestnut Hill Road)
Mombaccus Creek, Ulster County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III(V+) - 6 miles long (Cherrytown to Boyce Road)
 Ski Areas Near Rondout Creek:
Hunter Mountain, New York , 20 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 26 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 32 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Belleayre, New York , 32 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 34 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 38 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 39 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Hidden Valley, New Jersey , 43 miles away, 620 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Mountain Creek, New Jersey , 44 miles away, 1040 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 45 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
 Marinas Near Rondout Creek:
Jeff's Yacht Haven, Connelly , 8 miles away
Atlantic Yacht Associates, Kingston , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Rondout Creek:
The 1850 House Inn And Tavern, Rosendale Village , 1 miles away
Hurley Stone House, Hurley , 4 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn New Paltz, New Paltz , 5 miles away
Econo Lodge New Paltz, New Paltz , 6 miles away
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rondout Creek:
Hidden Valley Lake, Kingston, 3 miles away
Ulster County Four-h Camp, New Paltz, 5 miles away
So-hi Campground, Accord, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Rondout Creek:
Kanape Jeep Trail, Ulster , 16 miles away
Willow Trail, Ulster , 17 miles away
Phoenicia Trail, Ulster , 18 miles away
Comfort Trail, Orange , 19 miles away
Vernooy Falls Trail, Ulster , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rondout Creek:
Gateway National Recreation Area, Brooklyn - NY , 64 miles away
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 69 miles away
Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, New York , 11 miles away
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York , 15 miles away
Hudson Highlands State Park, New York , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rondout Creek:
Stone Dock Golf Course, High Falls , 4 miles away
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz , 4 miles away
Wiltwyck Country Club, Kingston , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Rondout Creek
Sturgeon Pool, Ulster , 3 miles away
Onteora Lake, Ulster , 7 miles away
Ashokan Reservoir, Ulster , 10 miles away

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