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New York whitewater, Basic Creek

Albany Greene county, Swartout Road Bridge to Freehold section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     10.3 miles
  The Swartout Road Bridge to Freehold section of Basic Creek is 10.3 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Albany-Schenectady-Troy, as you can see on the road map further down. 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. The nature scenery of
    New York and the water flowing gracefully down Basic Creek make the trip here worthwhile. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Swartout Road Bridge to Freehold section is one of them. No matter if
you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The average New York whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners.  
Whitewater paddling here in the Catskill Mountains is a great experience. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too.

Briefly about the general area:
Basic Creek is a location with many visitors from Greenville. A great place like John Boyd Thacher State Park close to Basic Creek is too great to leave out. For the duration of the warmest time of the year, highs typically are in the 70's at Basic Creek, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. High temperatures through the winter are normally in the 20's, and winter nights come with lows in the 0's to Basic Creek.

Basic Creek, Swartout Road Bridge to Freehold road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Basic Creek.
 Whitewater Near Basic Creek:
Basic Creek, Albany/ Greene County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.3 miles long (Swartout Road Bridge to Freehold)
Catskill Creek, Greene County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.5 miles long (Woodstock Dam to South Cairo)
Catskill Creek, Greene County, 6 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4 miles long (South Cairo to Leeds)
Bowery Brook, Greene County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Downstream from Bogardus Road)
Ten Mile Creek, Albany/ Greene County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Route 351 Bridge Medusa to Deans)
Thorpe Brook, Greene County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 4 miles long (East Durham)
Shingle Kill River, Greene County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 8 miles long (Round Top to Catskill Creek)
Squirmer Creek, Albany / Greene County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.4 miles long (Niles Road to Oak Hill)
Kiskatom Creek, Greene County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V(V+) - 4.5 miles long (Winter Clove to Hearts Content Road)
Potic Creek River, Greene County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.8 miles long (Schoharie Turnpike Bridge to Sandy Plains Road)
 Ski Areas Near Basic Creek:
Hunter Mountain, New York , 16 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 17 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Belleayre, New York , 35 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 40 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 43 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 47 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
West Mountain, New York , 49 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 51 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 52 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 52 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Basic Creek:
Coeymans Landing Marina, Coeymans , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Basic Creek:
Gavins Irish Country Inn, East Durham , 5 miles away
B And B Lounge, Catskill , 10 miles away
Four Seasons Motel, Catskill , 10 miles away
Catskill Mountain Lodge, Palenville , 13 miles away
Best Western New Baltimore Inn, West Coxsackie , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Basic Creek:
Torchlight Campsites, Cairo, 5 miles away
Doherty's Mountain Campground, Acra, 6 miles away
Whip-o-will Campsite, Purling, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Basic Creek:
Spruceton Trail, Greene , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Basic Creek:
John Boyd Thacher State Park, New York , 12 miles away
Max V. Shaul State Park, New York , 27 miles away
Lake Taghkanic State Park, New York , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Basic Creek:
Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course, Greenville , 1 miles away
Rainbow Golf Club, Greenville , 2 miles away
Thunderhart Golf Course, Freehold , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Basic Creek
Lawson Lake, Albany , 8 miles away
Warner Lake, Albany , 11 miles away
Fawn Lake, Albany , 12 miles away

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