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New York whitewater, Cedar River

Hamilton Essex county, Wakeley Dam to Spraque Brook section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     8 miles
  The Wakeley Dam to Spraque Brook section of Cedar River in Hamilton/Essex County is 8 miles long and has been rated as a class II-V section by American Whitewater. The average New York whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The put-in is not too far from Gloversville. You might have to settle
    for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a pretty
decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. The nature scenery of New York and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Wakeley Dam to Spraque Brook section is one of them. When you're paddling down a Adirondack Mountains river like  
this one you always get great scenery along the way too. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Northville Lake Placid Trail is always a pleasant adventure; you should unquestionably pop by pretty Moffit Beach while you're here. You absolutely should like the Adirondack Mountains. Go for a hike on the Sucker Brook Trail, and at Cedar River you always meet someone from Blue Mountain Lake. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Through the warm months highs here at Cedar River reach the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's.


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These outdoors activities are available near Cedar River.
 Whitewater Near Cedar River:
Rock River, Hamilton County, 4 miles away
      Class II-V - 5 miles long (Lake Durant to Cedar River)
Squaw Brook, -blank- County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1 miles long (A mile from Sabael)
Cedar River, Hamilton/Essex County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V - 8 miles long (Wakeley Dam to Spraque Brook)
Cedar River, Hamilton/Essex County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 18 miles long (Sprague Brook to Hudson River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Sports Rafting, Hamilton County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Indian River, Hamilton County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 2.5 miles long (Abanakee Dam to Hudson River)
Hudson River, Essex/ Hamilton/ Warren County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (Indian River to North River)
Raquette River, Hamilton County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Forked Lake Campground to Deerland)
Sacandaga River, Hamilton County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 7.5 miles long (Christine Falls to East Branch)
Sacandaga River - Middle Branch, Hamilton County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Speculator to Old Route 30 Road Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Cedar River:
Gore Mountain, New York , 26 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 34 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
McCauley Mountain, New York , 40 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 42 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 47 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
West Mountain, New York , 51 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 51 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 70 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 72 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 73 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Cedar River:
Clark's Indian Lake Marina, Sabael , 5 miles away
Long Lake Marina, Long Lake , 9 miles away
Lake Pleasant Marine, Speculator , 14 miles away
 Beaches Near Cedar River:
Moffit Beach, Hamilton , 13 miles away
Silver Beach, Hamilton , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Cedar River:
Best Western Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake , 33 miles away
Holiday Inn JOHNSTOWN-GLOVERSVILLE, Johnstown , 37 miles away
Super 8 Johnstown/Gloversville, Johnstown , 37 miles away
The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid , 37 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Johnstown, Johnstown , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cedar River:
Lake Durant, Blue Mountain Lake, 4 miles away
Lewey Lake, Lake Pleasant, 5 miles away
Moose River Plains - Wakely Pond, Blue Mountain Lake, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Cedar River:
Northville Lake Placid Trail, Hamilton , 5 miles away
Sucker Brook Trail, Hamilton , 7 miles away
Hamilton Mountain Fire Tower Trail, Hamilton , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cedar River:
Lake Pleasant Golf, Lake Pleasant , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Cedar River
Blue Mountain Lake, Hamilton , 7 miles away
Airdwood Lake, Hamilton , 16 miles away
Buckhorn Lake, Hamilton , 18 miles away

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