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New York whitewater, Black Creek

Jefferson county, Sterlingville to Philadelphia section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     5 miles
  The nature scenery of Jefferson County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. If you're coming from Watertown-Fort Drum it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. 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. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The Sterlingville to Philadelphia section
is one of many paddling sections in this river system. This section of Black Creek in New York is 5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. The average New York whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are  
lots of good places for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Black Creek is not far at all from Philadelphia. The annual precipitation here at Black Creek is about average. Most of the rain falls all through November, and July on the other hand is the driest. Through the warmest time of the year at Black Creek highs are mostly in the 70's, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Black Creek.

Black Creek, Sterlingville to Philadelphia 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 Creek.
 Whitewater Near Black Creek:
Black Creek, Jefferson County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Sterlingville to Philadelphia)
Oswegatchie River, St. Lawrence County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Oxbow to Elmdale)
Indian River, Lewis/ Jefferson County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Natural Bridge to Antwerp)
Black River, Jefferson County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 1 miles long (Route 3 Wave)
Deer River, Lewis County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.4 miles long (New Boston to High Falls Dam)
Negro Brook, Lewis County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Boshart Road to East Road)
Black River, Jefferson County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Watertown to Brownville)
Mill Creek, Lewis County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (West Lowville to Lowville)
Sawyer Creek, St. Lawrence County, 18 miles away
      Class I-V - 6 miles long (West Fowler to Matoon Creek)
Island Branch, St. Lawrence County, 21 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.5 miles long (Emoryville Road to Island Branch R)
 Ski Areas Near Black Creek:
Dry Hill, New York , 18 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 31 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 46 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 55 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Toggenburg, New York , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Camp Fortune - Ste. Marie, Quebec , 69 miles away, 650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
Labrador Mountain, New York , 73 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Mont Cascades, Quebec , 73 miles away, 525 foot drop, 17 lifts, 15 runs
Pakenham, Ontario , 74 miles away, 320 foot drop, 7 lifts, 12 runs
Song Mountain, New York , 75 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Black Creek:
Schermerhorn Harbor, Hammond , 16 miles away
Chapman's Marina, Hammond , 17 miles away
Conger's Marina, Alexandria Bay , 18 miles away
Blind Bay Marina Corp/Soft Winds Marina, Hammond , 18 miles away
Bonnie Castle - Yacht Basin, Alexandria Bay , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Black Creek:
Pleasant Night Inn, Carthage , 9 miles away
Days Inn Evans Mills/Fort Drum, Evans Mills , 11 miles away
Candlewood Suites WATERTOWN-FORT DRUM, Evans Mills , 11 miles away
Best Western Watertown Fort Drum, Watertown , 17 miles away
Rainbow Motel NY, Watertown , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black Creek:
Fort Drum - Remington Pond, Watertown, 7 miles away
Ripplewood Campground, Theresa, 8 miles away
Kring Point State Park, Redwood, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black Creek:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 48 miles away
Cedar Island State Park, New York , 17 miles away
Keewaydin State Park, New York , 19 miles away
Jacques Cartier State Park, New York , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black Creek:
Carlowden Country Club, Carthage , 13 miles away
Highland Meadows Golf & Country Club, Watertown , 14 miles away
Gouverneur Country Club, Gouverneur , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Black Creek
Red Lake, Jefferson , 8 miles away
Muskellunge Lake, Jefferson , 8 miles away
Sixberry Lake, Jefferson , 9 miles away

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