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New York whitewater, Kinderhook Creek

Columbia county, Valatie to Stockport section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-V     11 miles
There is a lot to run on the Kinderhook above Valatie.  In fact, it can be run all the way from above E. Nassau.  At E. Nassau, a nice boulder garden class II-III proceeds, with water attractions all the way to Valatie.  Getting out at Valatie is difficult but necessary before the dam. Says Stu Summer

There are two impassable waterfalls 60 plus feet high about two miles south of the Valatie water fall. There is no viable way around
    these falls without climbing down steep cliffs. We stopped about a half mile above the two stuyvesant falls. My understanding is there are old mill dams before you get to stockport. Somebody gave you really bad dangerous

The starting location is a short drive from Hudson, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Valatie to Stockport section of Kinderhook Creek in Columbia County is 11 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-V section. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Great exercise and just being out on
the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The scenic beauty of Columbia County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Valatie to Stockport section is one of them.

Kinderhook Creek, Valatie to Stockport road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Kinderhook Creek.
 Whitewater Near Kinderhook Creek:
Kinderhook Creek, Columbia County, 3 miles away
      Class I-V - 11 miles long (Valatie to Stockport)
Hannacrois Creek, Greene County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Deans Mill to Hudson River)
Kaaterskill Creek, Ulster County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (Along Route 23A to lower Kaaterskill Creek)
Potic Creek River, Greene County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.8 miles long (Schoharie Turnpike Bridge to Sandy Plains Road)
Catskill Creek, Greene County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Austin Glen)
Normans Kill River, Albany County, 15 miles away
      Class I-V - 3 miles long (Normansville to Route 32)
Roeliff Jansen Kill River, Columbia County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Bingham Mills to Route 9G)
Roeliff Jansen Kill River, Columbia/ Dutchess County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 14 miles long (Ancram to Elizaville)
Poesten Kill River, Rensselaer County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Troy to Hudson River)
Bash Bish Brook, Columbia / Berkshire County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 0.6 miles long (Below Bash Bish Falls to Copake Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Kinderhook Creek:
Catamount, Massachusetts , 19 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 30 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Hunter Mountain, New York , 35 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 36 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 38 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 38 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 43 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 45 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
 Marinas Near Kinderhook Creek:
Coeymans Landing Marina, Coeymans , 8 miles away
Albany Yacht Club - Clubhouse, Rensselaer , 14 miles away
Troy Dock, Troy , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Kinderhook Creek:
St. Charles Hotel, Hudson , 8 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Coxsackie, Coxsackie , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WEST COXSACKIE, West Coxsackie , 8 miles away
Best Western New Baltimore Inn, West Coxsackie , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites East Greenbush - Albany, East Greenbush , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kinderhook Creek:
Cedar Grove Campground, Athens, 8 miles away
Dingman's Campgrounds, Nassau, 10 miles away
Don Knudsen, Earlton, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kinderhook Creek:
Lake Taghkanic State Park, New York , 13 miles away
Mt. Washington State Forest, Massachusetts , 21 miles away
Peebles Island State Park, New York , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kinderhook Creek:
Meadowgreens Restaurant & Golf Course, Ghent , 4 miles away
Winding Brook Country Club, Valatie , 6 miles away
Columbia Golf & Country Club, Hudson , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Kinderhook Creek
Knickerbocker Lake, Columbia , 5 miles away
Sleepy Hollow Lake, Greene , 8 miles away
Copake Lake, Columbia , 14 miles away

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