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New York whitewater, Esopus Creek

Ulster county, Glenerie Falls to Saugerties section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV(V)     7 miles
Where exactly do you Put In? It is very steep along the creek, and unless you can Put In above the Falls in proximity to a camp that is there I am wondering where else. You could possibly put in further up the creek and have a longer run to Saugerties. I am assuming you take out at the beach near the bridge in Saugerties. Says Nora Budziak

The starting location is a reasonable drive from Kingston, as you can see on the road map
    further down. This stretch of Esopus Creek in Ulster County is 7 miles long and is a class II-IV(V) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available
very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York are harder than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The nature scenery  
of New York and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. When you're paddling down a Catskill Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
When you're here at Esopus Creek it's always fun to pop by Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, and at Esopus Creek you always meet someone from Mount Marion.

Esopus Creek, Glenerie Falls to Saugerties road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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Stats for this river stretch

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These outdoors activities are available near Esopus Creek.
 Whitewater Near Esopus Creek:
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Glenerie Falls to Saugerties)
Beaver Kill River, Ulster County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 212 bridge below Willow to Kaaterskill)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Stillwater Road to Tongore Road)
Kaaterskill Creek, Green/Ulster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (High Falls to Catskill Creek)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1)
Plattekill Creek, Greene / Ulster County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Platte Clove Road to West Saugerties)
Roeliff Jansen Kill River, Columbia County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bingham Mills to Route 9G)
Kiskatom Creek, Greene County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V(V+) - 4.5 miles long (Winter Clove to Hearts Content Road)
Kaaterskill Creek, Ulster County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (Along Route 23A to lower Kaaterskill Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Esopus Creek:
Hunter Mountain, New York , 18 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 24 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 35 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Belleayre, New York , 37 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 39 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 44 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 46 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 46 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 47 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 49 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
 Marinas Near Esopus Creek:
Atlantic Yacht Associates, Kingston , 5 miles away
Jeff's Yacht Haven, Connelly , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Esopus Creek:
Wenton Motel, Saugerties , 2 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn Saugerties, Saugerties , 2 miles away
The Inn At Cafe Tamayo, Saugerties , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn Saugerties, Saugerties , 2 miles away
The Greens Inn, Saugerties , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Esopus Creek:
Blue Mt Campground, Saugerties, 2 miles away
Saugerties/Woodstock KOA, Saugerties, 4 miles away
Rip Van winkle Campgrounds, Saugerties, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Esopus Creek:
Willow Trail, Ulster , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Esopus Creek:
Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, New York , 11 miles away
Lake Taghkanic State Park, New York , 20 miles away
James Baird State Park, New York , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Esopus Creek:
Green Acres Golf Club Harwich, Saugerties , 1 miles away
The Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club, Saugerties , 4 miles away
Kessman Herbert N, Kingston , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Esopus Creek
Onteora Lake, Ulster , 8 miles away
Sepasco Lake, Dutchess , 10 miles away
Sturgeon Pool, Ulster , 11 miles away

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