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New York whitewater, Vly Creek

Delaware Greene county, Elk Creek Road bridge to Lake Switzerland section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     3.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This stretch of Vly Creek in Delaware/ Greene County is 3.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. The Catskill Mountains scenery is wonderful. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if
    you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There's camping available near Vly Creek. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother
nature will make you glad you came. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The wonderful Delaware/ Greene County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Vly Creek have people coming here. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The put-in location is a short drive from Kingston, as you can see on the road map further down. This is one  
of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
During your trip to Vly Creek you'll meet some people from Fleischmanns for sure. Mine Kill State Park is a magnificent spot, and hiking along the Seager West Branch Trail is pleasant fun. This is such a wonderful river. Belleayre has great slopes and a friendly staff. Summertime highs at Vly Creek ordinarily tend to be in the 70's while overnight lows are usually in the 50's. Through the wintertime this place gets highs in the 20's; during the dark hours in the winter at Vly Creek temperatures plunge to the 0's.

Vly Creek, Elk Creek Road bridge to Lake Switzerland 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 Vly Creek.
 Whitewater Near Vly Creek:
Vly Creek, Delaware/ Greene County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Elk Creek Road bridge to Lake Switzerland)
Bush Kill River, Greene/ Delaware County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Lake Switzerland Dam to Dry Brook)
Batavia Kill River, Delaware County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.7 miles long (Roxbury Run bridge to Route 30 bridge)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Big Indian to Boiceville)
Dry Brook, Ulster/ Delaware County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.5 miles long (Haynes Hollow Creek to East Branch D)
Esopus Creek, ulster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Allaben portal to Mt. Pleasant)
Delaware River - East Branch, Delaware County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Halcottsville to Margaretville)
Schoharie Creek, Greene County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Lexington to Prattsville)
Mill Brook, Ulster/ Delaware County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.4 miles long (Belle Ayr to Grant Mills)
Bear Kill River, Delaware County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.3 miles long (Route 30 bridge to Intake Road bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Vly Creek:
Belleayre, New York , 2 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 12 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 18 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Hunter Mountain, New York , 20 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 29 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 50 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Mountain Creek, New Jersey , 51 miles away, 1040 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Hidden Valley, New Jersey , 51 miles away, 620 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 51 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Tanglwood, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 415 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Vly Creek:
The Catskills B And B, Stamford , 14 miles away
The Colonial BampB At Stamford NY, Stamford , 14 miles away
Winwood Inn, Windham , 19 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Richmondville, Richmondville , 24 miles away
Honors Haven Resort And Spa, Ellenville , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Vly Creek:
Stratton Falls Campground, Roxbury, 8 miles away
Allaben, Shandaken, 11 miles away
Woodland Valley, Phoenicia, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Vly Creek:
Seager West Branch Trail, Ulster , 8 miles away
Phoenicia Trail, Ulster , 16 miles away
Spruceton Trail, Greene , 17 miles away
Willow Trail, Ulster , 17 miles away
Vernooy Falls Trail, Ulster , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Vly Creek:
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 52 miles away
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 60 miles away
Mine Kill State Park, New York , 14 miles away
Max V. Shaul State Park, New York , 20 miles away
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Vly Creek:
Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club, Margaretville , 8 miles away
Hanah Mountain Resort Country, Margaretville , 9 miles away
The Meadows Golf Center, Margaretville , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Vly Creek
Alder Lake, Ulster , 14 miles away
Big Pond, Delaware , 17 miles away
Tunis Lake, Delaware , 20 miles away

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