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New York whitewater, Bear Kill River

Delaware county, Route 30 bridge to Intake Road bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     3.3 miles
Looking to get on some white water rivers near Peekskill, NY, this summer. Any advice? Says Karla

The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The starting point is not too far from Amsterdam, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch
    is short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to
come. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch of Bear Kill River in New York is 3.3 miles long and it is classified as a class  
II-IV section by American Whitewater. The beauty of the Catskill Mountains is a great plus for this river. The scenic beauty of Delaware County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Grand Gorge here, and picturesque scenery and great skiing is what you acquire at Belleayre. Whohoo, so many enjoyable things in one place! The Catskill Mountains rocks! Max V. Shaul State Park is both good and pretty, and it's near Bear Kill River, and while you're here why not explore Toad Hollow.

Bear Kill River, Route 30 bridge to Intake Road bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Bear Kill River.
 Whitewater Near Bear Kill River:
Bear Kill River, Delaware County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.3 miles long (Route 30 bridge to Intake Road bridge)
Schoharie Creek, Schoharie County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Gilboa to Minekill)
Batavia Kill River, Delaware County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.7 miles long (Roxbury Run bridge to Route 30 bridge)
Vly Creek, Delaware/ Greene County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Elk Creek Road bridge to Lake Switzerland)
West Kill River, Schoharie County, 8 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 4.3 miles long (Betty Brock junction to Route 30 b)
Schoharie Creek, Greene County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Lexington to Prattsville)
Bush Kill River, Greene/ Delaware County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Lake Switzerland Dam to Dry Brook)
Delaware River - East Branch, Delaware County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Halcottsville to Margaretville)
Batavia Kill River, Greene County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 5.7 miles long (Swinging Bridge to Route 23-A bridge)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Big Indian to Boiceville)
 Ski Areas Near Bear Kill River:
Belleayre, New York , 11 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 13 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 15 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 , 38 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 58 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 59 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Mountain Creek, New Jersey , 59 miles away, 1040 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Hidden Valley, New Jersey , 59 miles away, 620 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Big Bear, Pennsylvania , 68 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 18 runs
 Hotels Near Bear Kill River:
The Colonial BampB At Stamford, Stamford , 10 miles away
Margaretville Mtn Inn BB And V, Margaretville , 16 miles away
Winwood Inn, Windham , 16 miles away
Super 8 Cobleskill NY, Cobleskill , 17 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites Cobleskill, Cobleskill , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Kill River:
Nickerson Park Campground, Gilboa, 4 miles away
Country Roads Campground, Gilboa, 5 miles away
Country Roads Campgrounds, Gilboa, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Bear Kill River:
Seager West Branch Trail, Ulster , 17 miles away
Spruceton Trail, Greene , 17 miles away
Phoenicia Trail, Ulster , 19 miles away
Willow Trail, Ulster , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Kill River:
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 59 miles away
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 69 miles away
Mine Kill State Park, New York , 5 miles away
Max V. Shaul State Park, New York , 11 miles away
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Kill River:
Stamford Golf Club, Stamford , 9 miles away
Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club, Margaretville , 13 miles away
Hanah Mountain Resort Country, Margaretville , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Kill River
Cobleskill Reservoir, Schoharie , 16 miles away

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