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New York whitewater, Black River

Jefferson county, Watertown to Brownville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     8 miles
  The Watertown to Brownville section of Black River in New York is 8 miles long and it is classified as a class III-V section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Jefferson County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Watertown-Fort Drum, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section is long enough to enjoy a good
    non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places.
This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Watertown to Brownville stretch is just one of them. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in New York are often more challenging than in other states,  
so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable.

Briefly about the general area:
Time spent at Gilmore Shore next to Black River is always wonderful; Westcott Beach State Park is worth visiting. Head up to Dry Hill and strap some skis to your feet; there are plenty of folks from Watertown here. This river has it all. An average amount of rainfall falls at Black River. The wettest month of the year is typically November, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest month of the year is July. For the period of the summer months, highs frequently are in the 70's at Black River with overnight lows in the 50's.

Black River, Watertown to Brownville 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, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Watertown to Brownville)
Black River, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 1 miles long (Route 3 Wave)
North Sandy Creek, Jefferson County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 17 miles long (Rodman to Route 3)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bob Rafting, Jefferson County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
South Sandy Creek, Jefferson County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Route 95 to Route 11)
Sandy Creek, Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class -blank- - 13 miles long (US Route 11 to Lake Ontario)
Deer River, Lewis County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.4 miles long (New Boston to High Falls Dam)
Black Creek, Jefferson County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Sterlingville to Philadelphia)
Mad River, Oswego County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Road from Castor Hill to North Branch)
Salmon River, Oswego/ Lewis County, 22 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3.5 miles long (Salmon River Dam to Bennett Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Black River:
Dry Hill, New York , 3 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 39 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 51 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 58 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 , 62 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 68 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Pakenham, Ontario , 72 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 , 14 miles away
Bearup Marine, Chaumont , 15 miles away
Chaumont Bay Marina, Chaumont , 15 miles away
Steele's Point Marina, Clayton , 16 miles away
French Creek Marina and Campground, Clayton , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Black River:
Gilmore Shore, Jefferson , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Black River:
Econo Lodge Watertown, Watertown , 1 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Watertown Thousand Islands, Watertown , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn Watertown, Watertown , 1 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites At I 81 Exit 45, Watertown , 1 miles away
Best Western Watertown Fort Drum, Watertown , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
Kelly's Travel Trailer Park, Watertown, 4 miles away
Black River Bay Campgrounds, Dexter, 9 miles away
Westcott Beach State Park, Sackets Harbor, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 50 miles away
Westcott Beach State Park, New York , 14 miles away
Grass Point State Park, New York , 16 miles away
Keewaydin State Park, New York , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
IVES Hill Country Club, Watertown , 1 miles away
Watertown Golf Club, Watertown , 2 miles away
Willow Brook Golf Club, Watertown , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
Hyde Lake, Jefferson , 14 miles away
Sixberry Lake, Jefferson , 18 miles away
Red Lake, Jefferson , 19 miles away

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