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New York whitewater, Saw Kill River

Ulster county, Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     2.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New York is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1 section of Saw Kill River in Ulster County is 2.5 miles long and is a class II-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Kingston it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further
    down. The Catskill Mountains scenery is wonderful. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Below Reservoir
#2 to Reservoir #1 stretch is just one of many. The campgrounds here at Saw Kill River are pretty good. The beautiful scenery of Ulster County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. No shortage of good hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.  
No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Saw Kill River without first going for a hike along the Willow Trail. There are plenty of folks from West Hurley here at Saw Kill River, and there's nice hiking along the Phoenicia Trail. At this river you will never have a bad time. The slopes of Hunter Mountain are so inviting noone can resist, and since you're here, you might as well check out Lewis Hollow. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park is a delightful site to go if you're at Saw Kill River.

Saw Kill River, Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1 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 Saw Kill River.
 Whitewater Near Saw Kill River:
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road)
Plattekill Creek, Greene / Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Platte Clove Road to West Saugerties)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.5 miles long (Meads Mountain Road bridge to Chestnut Hill Road)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Stillwater Road to Tongore Road)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Glenerie Falls to Saugerties)
Beaver Kill River, Ulster County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 212 bridge below Willow to Kaaterskill)
Kaaterskill Creek, Green/Ulster County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (High Falls to Catskill Creek)
Rondout Creek, Ulster County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (High Falls Dam to Wallkill River)
Kiskatom Creek, Greene County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V(V+) - 4.5 miles long (Winter Clove to Hearts Content Road)
 Ski Areas Near Saw Kill River:
Hunter Mountain, New York , 13 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 19 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Belleayre, New York , 30 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 41 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 42 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 42 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 42 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 43 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 43 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Hidden Valley, New Jersey , 51 miles away, 620 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Saw Kill River:
Atlantic Yacht Associates, Kingston , 7 miles away
Jeff's Yacht Haven, Connelly , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Saw Kill River:
Rodeway Inn Skytop, Kingston , 5 miles away
Superlodge, Kingston , 5 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Kingston , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Kingston Hotel And Conference Center, Kingston , 6 miles away
Super 8 Kingston, Kingston , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saw Kill River:
Saugerties/Woodstock KOA, Saugerties, 5 miles away
Rip Van winkle Campgrounds, Saugerties, 7 miles away
Hidden Valley Lake, Kingston, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Saw Kill River:
Willow Trail, Ulster , 13 miles away
Phoenicia Trail, Ulster , 14 miles away
Spruceton Trail, Greene , 15 miles away
Kanape Jeep Trail, Ulster , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saw Kill River:
Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, New York , 14 miles away
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York , 21 miles away
James Baird State Park, New York , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saw Kill River:
Kessman Herbert N, Kingston , 5 miles away
Wiltwyck Country Club, Kingston , 6 miles away
Hudson Valley Golf, Kingston , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Saw Kill River
Onteora Lake, Ulster , 2 miles away
Cooper Lake, Ulster , 8 miles away
Sturgeon Pool, Ulster , 9 miles away

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