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New York whitewater, Esopus Creek

Ulster county, Big Indian to Boiceville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     17 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The scenic beauty of New York and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river,
    but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time
outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you're coming from Kingston it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There's camping available near Esopus Creek. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Whitewater paddling here in the Catskill Mountains is a great experience. This stretch of Esopus Creek  
in New York is 17 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here, you might as well stop at Cross Mountain Hollow, and don't leave Esopus Creek without first going for a hike along the Willow Trail. And if that's not enough there's a heap more enjoyable things to do in the Catskill Mountains. Lots of people from Phoenicia come to Esopus Creek, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Belleayre. This is such a wonderful river. Go for a hike on the Phoenicia Trail. Summertime at Esopus Creek arrives with high temperatures in the 70's.

Esopus Creek, Big Indian to Boiceville 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 Esopus Creek.
 Whitewater Near Esopus Creek:
Woodland Creek, Ulster County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.2 miles long (Woodland Valley Campground to Esopus River)
Esopus Creek, ulster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Allaben portal to Mt. Pleasant)
Stony Clove Creek, Greene/ Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Confluence of Warner Creek and Siver Creek to Esopus River)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Big Indian to Boiceville)
Rondout Creek, Ulster/ Sullivan County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.5 miles long (Buttermilk Falls Brook to Rondout)
West Kill River, Greene County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.7 miles long (Albinos Pizzeria to Schoharie Creek)
Schoharie Creek, Greene County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Lexington to Prattsville)
Neversink River - East Branch, Sullivan/ Ulster County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Strauss YMCA Camp to Claryville)
Vly Creek, Delaware/ Greene County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Elk Creek Road bridge to Lake Switzerland)
Neversink River - West Branch, Sullivan/ Ulster County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Frost Valley to Claryville)
 Ski Areas Near Esopus Creek:
Belleayre, New York , 11 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Hunter Mountain, New York , 13 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 14 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 24 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 28 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 42 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 42 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Hidden Valley, New Jersey , 45 miles away, 620 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Mountain Creek, New Jersey , 45 miles away, 1040 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 60 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
 Hotels Near Esopus Creek:
Scribner S Catskill Lodge, Hunter , 13 miles away
Winwood Inn, Windham , 15 miles away
Hudson Valley Resort And Spa, Kerhonkson , 16 miles away
Honors Haven Resort And Spa, Ellenville , 18 miles away
Minnewaska Lodge, Gardiner , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Esopus Creek:
Woodland Valley, Phoenicia, 1 miles away
Uncle Pete's Recreation Park, Phoenicia, 2 miles away
Romer Mountain Park, Phoenicia, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Esopus Creek:
Phoenicia Trail, Ulster , 5 miles away
Willow Trail, Ulster , 7 miles away
Kanape Jeep Trail, Ulster , 7 miles away
Vernooy Falls Trail, Ulster , 9 miles away
Seager West Branch Trail, Ulster , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Esopus Creek:
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Beach Lake - PA , 57 miles away
Delaware National Scenic River, Bushkill - PA , 61 miles away
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York , 18 miles away
Mine Kill State Park, New York , 21 miles away
Max V. Shaul State Park, New York , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Esopus Creek:
Windham Country Club, Windham , 15 miles away
Rondout Country Club, Accord , 16 miles away
Onteora Club, Tannersville , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Esopus Creek
Ashokan Reservoir, Ulster , 11 miles away
Cooper Lake, Ulster , 12 miles away
Onteora Lake, Ulster , 19 miles away

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