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New York whitewater, Bowman Creek

Chenango county, County Road 3 Bridge to Buckley Hollow Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     2.2 miles
  The County Road 3 Bridge to Buckley Hollow Bridge section of Bowman Creek is 2.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III+ section of whitewater. The beautiful scenery of New York and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Binghamton, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting
    and kayaking in New York is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature
will have you coming back for more. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
Bowman Lake State Park is a good spot to visit; Bowman Creek is a place with many visitors from Oxford. A trip to Chenango Valley State Park revitalizes the soul. For the duration of the summer at Bowman Creek temperatures are generally in the 70's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's. Through the winter the highs are frequently in the 20's, and winter nights come with lows in the 10's to Bowman Creek. The high level of rainfall makes Bowman Creek a quite wet place. Throughout the month of June you get the most rain around here, and February is the month with the least moisture.

Bowman Creek, County Road 3 Bridge to Buckley Hollow Bridge 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 Bowman Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bowman Creek:
Bowman Creek, Chenango County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.2 miles long (County Road 3 Bridge to Buckley Hollow Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Bowman Creek:
Toggenburg, New York , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Labrador Mountain, New York , 30 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Greek Peak, New York , 34 miles away, 952 foot drop, 9 lifts, 29 runs
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 27 runs
Song Mountain, New York , 39 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 24 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 49 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 54 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
Ski Big Bear, Pennsylvania , 57 miles away, 650 foot drop, 5 lifts, 18 runs
Tanglwood, Pennsylvania , 62 miles away, 415 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 65 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
 Hotels Near Bowman Creek:
Howard Johnson Hotel - Norwich, Norwich , 11 miles away
Super 8 Norwich, Norwich , 12 miles away
Super 8 Sidney NY, Sidney , 18 miles away
Comfort Inn Binghamton, Binghamton , 22 miles away
Fairfield Inn Binghamton, Binghamton , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bowman Creek:
Cook County Park, Greene, 8 miles away
Bowman Lake State Park, Oxford, 9 miles away
Echo Lake Resort and Campground, Afton, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bowman Creek:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 43 miles away
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 57 miles away
Bowman Lake State Park, New York , 6 miles away
Chenango Valley State Park, New York , 14 miles away
Oquaga Creek State Park, New York , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bowman Creek:
Blue Stone Golf Course, Oxford , 4 miles away
Half-Way Golf Course, Greene , 6 miles away
Genegantslet Golf Club, Greene , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Bowman Creek
Lake Ludlow, Chenango , 4 miles away
Lake Petonia, Chenango , 10 miles away
Beaver Lake, Broome , 19 miles away

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