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New York whitewater, Poesten Kill River

Rensselaer county, Troy to Hudson River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V+     3 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Rensselaer County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside New York you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're coming
    from Albany-Schenectady-Troy it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This is a short paddling stretch so better bring some good walking shoes.
Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Troy to Hudson River section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at
Poesten Kill River you'll perhaps meet some people from Watervliet, and Poesten Kill River is in the vicinity of Peebles Island State Park which is a delightful location. For the duration of the months of summer at Poesten Kill River highs are mostly in the 80's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 60's. The winter brings highs down to the 30's while Poesten Kill River night low temperatures during the wintertime are in the 10's. A common amount of precipitation falls here at Poesten Kill River. For the duration of the month of June you get the most rain around here; the driest month is February.

Poesten Kill River, Troy to Hudson River 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 Poesten Kill River.
 Whitewater Near Poesten Kill River:
Poesten Kill River, Rensselaer County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Troy to Hudson River)
Mohawk River, Albany/Saratoga County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 0 miles long (Cohoes Wave)
Mohawk River, Albany/Saratoga County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 3 miles long (Cohoes Falls to Hudson River)
Poesten Kill River, Rensselaer County, 5 miles away
      Class I-IV - 7 miles long (Eagle Mills to Troy)
Poesten Kill River, Rensselaer County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 2 miles long (Eagle Mills to Waterfall)
Normans Kill River, Albany County, 10 miles away
      Class I-V - 3 miles long (Normansville to Route 32)
Hoosic River, Rensselaer County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (Schaghticoke Dam to Powerhouse)
Kinderhook Creek, Columbia County, 15 miles away
      Class I-V - 11 miles long (Valatie to Stockport)
Quacken Kill River, Rensselaer County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Grafton to Cropseyville)
Hannacrois Creek, Greene County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Deans Mill to Hudson River)
 Ski Areas Near Poesten Kill River:
Willard Mountain, New York , 19 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 28 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
West Mountain, New York , 30 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 37 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 40 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Hunter Mountain, New York , 45 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 45 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 48 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
 Marinas Near Poesten Kill River:
Troy Dock, Troy , 2 miles away
Albany Yacht Club - Clubhouse, Rensselaer , 6 miles away
Crescent Boat Club, Clifton Park , 9 miles away
Coeymans Landing Marina, Coeymans , 14 miles away
Schenectady Yacht Club, Rexford , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Poesten Kill River:
Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn Troy/Albany, Troy , 1 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Troy, Troy , 1 miles away
ExecuStay At Waters View, Cohoes , 3 miles away
ExecuStay Riverwalk On Hudson, Cohoes , 3 miles away
ExecuStay At Oak Hill Apartmen, Rensselaer , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Poesten Kill River:
Waterford Canal Visitor Center, Troy, 4 miles away
Northampton Beach Campground, -blank-, 6 miles away
Dingman's Campgrounds, Nassau, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Poesten Kill River:
Peebles Island State Park, New York , 4 miles away
Grafton Lakes State Park, New York , 16 miles away
Cherry Plain State Park, New York , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Poesten Kill River:
Frear Park Golf Course, Troy , 2 miles away
Country Club Of Troy, Troy , 2 miles away
Wolfert's Roost Country Club, Albany , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Poesten Kill River
Tivoli Lake, Albany , 6 miles away
Racquet Lake, Rensselaer , 7 miles away
Knickerbocker Lake, Columbia , 13 miles away

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