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New York whitewater, Black River

Jefferson county, Route 3 Wave section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     1 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Watertown-Fort Drum, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. No shortage of good hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or
    kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The wonderful Jefferson County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream
are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This is a very short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. This stretch of Black River is 1 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general
The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Dry Hill. A magnificent place in the neighborhood of Black River is Rutland Hollow, and the cheerful folks of Watertown like to hang out close by. This is such a great river. Black River gets a common amount of annual rain. The month with most of the rain is November while July is typically the driest month. At Black River through the warm months highs are in the 70's while nighttime lows are ordinarily in the 50's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 20's, and overnight lows in the 0's for Black River.

Black River, Route 3 Wave 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 Black River.
 Whitewater Near Black River:
Black River, Jefferson County, 0 miles away
      Class II - 1 miles long (Route 3 Wave)
Black River, Jefferson County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Watertown to Brownville)
North Sandy Creek, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 17 miles long (Rodman to Route 3)
South Sandy Creek, Jefferson County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Route 95 to Route 11)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bob Rafting, Jefferson County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deer River, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.4 miles long (New Boston to High Falls Dam)
Sandy Creek, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class -blank- - 13 miles long (US Route 11 to Lake Ontario)
Black Creek, Jefferson County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Sterlingville to Philadelphia)
Mad River, Oswego County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Road from Castor Hill to North Branch)
Mill Creek, Lewis County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (West Lowville to Lowville)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Dry Hill, New York , 4 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 35 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 47 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 57 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Labrador Mountain, New York , 62 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Song Mountain, New York , 63 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 64 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Pakenham, Ontario , 74 miles away, 320 foot drop, 7 lifts, 12 runs
Greek Peak, New York , 75 miles away, 952 foot drop, 9 lifts, 29 runs
Camp Fortune - Ste. Marie, Quebec , 76 miles away, 650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
 Marinas Near Black River:
Bedford Creek Marina & Campground, Sackets Harbor , 17 miles away
Conger's Marina, Alexandria Bay , 18 miles away
Bonnie Castle - Yacht Basin, Alexandria Bay , 18 miles away
Bearup Marine, Chaumont , 19 miles away
Chaumont Bay Marina, Chaumont , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Black River:
Gilmore Shore, Jefferson , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Black River:
Best Western Watertown Fort Drum, Watertown , 3 miles away
Watertown Budget Inn, Watertown , 3 miles away
Candlewood Suites WATERTOWN-FORT DRUM, Evans Mills , 4 miles away
Days Inn Evans Mills/Fort Drum, Evans Mills , 4 miles away
Econo Lodge Watertown, Watertown , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
Kelly's Travel Trailer Park, Watertown, 0 miles away
Fort Drum - Remington Pond, Watertown, 8 miles away
Tuggers Grill Bar and Campgrounds, Copenhagen, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 47 miles away
Westcott Beach State Park, New York , 17 miles away
Grass Point State Park, New York , 18 miles away
Keewaydin State Park, New York , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Watertown Golf Club, Watertown , 2 miles away
Willow Brook Golf Club, Watertown , 3 miles away
IVES Hill Country Club, Watertown , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
Hyde Lake, Jefferson , 14 miles away
Sixberry Lake, Jefferson , 17 miles away
Red Lake, Jefferson , 18 miles away

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