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New York whitewater, Saranac River - North Branch

Franklin Clinton county, Mud Pond to Cold Brook section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     10.5 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Plattsburgh, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch of Saranac River - North Branch is 10.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable.
    A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The wild scenery of the Adirondack Mountains is great. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be
paddled as well. The wonderful Franklin/ Clinton County scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter,  
so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Saranac River - North Branch you stumble on the Schwartz Trail which is a great hiking trail, and Mount Pisgah is a good local ski area. Life's too short to enjoy all the cool stuff in the Adirondack Mountains. Going for a hike on the Silver Lake Mountain Trail is always a good adventure; while you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Vermontville. This river is so good.

Saranac River - North Branch, Mud Pond to Cold Brook 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 Saranac River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Saranac River - North Branch:
Saranac River, Clinton County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)
Saranac River - North Branch, Franklin/ Clinton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10.5 miles long (Mud Pond to Cold Brook)
Saranac River, Clinton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (Silver Lake Road to Redford)
Salmon River, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.9 miles long (Mt. View Lake to Hatch Brook)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (High Falls Gorge)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Monument on Route 86 to High Falls)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (High Falls Gorge to Flume)
Chateaugay River, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 12.2 miles long (Lower Chateugay Lake to Cooks Mill)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 11 miles long (Wilmington to Ausable Forks)
 Ski Areas Near Saranac River - North Branch:
Mount Pisgah, New York , 14 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 14 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 19 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 44 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 55 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
West Mountain, New York , 65 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Mont Saint Sauveur, Quebec , 66 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 71 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 77 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 79 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Saranac River - North Branch:
Crescent Bay, Saranac Lake , 14 miles away
Swiss Boat Rentals, Saranac Lake , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Saranac River - North Branch:
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
Quality Inn On Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
Lake House At Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
Maple Leaf Inn - Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
ZZ-Town And Country Motor Inn, Lake Placid , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saranac River - North Branch:
Buck Pond, Rainbow Lake, 9 miles away
Douglas Corp Of Silver Lake, Au Sable Forks, 10 miles away
Taylor Pond Camp Ground, Wilmington, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Saranac River - North Branch:
Schwartz Trail, Essex , 10 miles away
Silver Lake Mountain Trail, Clinton , 11 miles away
McKenzie Pond Trail, Essex , 12 miles away
Whiteface Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 14 miles away
Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saranac River - North Branch:
Macomb Reservation State Park, New York , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saranac River - North Branch:
Whiteface Golf Club, Lake Placid , 12 miles away
Craigwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Placid , 14 miles away
Saranac Lake Golf Club, Saranac Lake , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Saranac River - North Branch
Franklin Falls Pond, Franklin , 6 miles away
Lake Placid, Essex , 13 miles away
Copperas Pond, Essex , 13 miles away

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