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New York whitewater, Raquette River

Hamilton county, Forked Lake Campground to Deerland section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     4.5 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Hamilton County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Forked Lake Campground to Deerland stretch of Raquette River in New York is 4.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater
    to be a class II-III section. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers.
The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're coming from Malone it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The beautiful Adirondack Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. There are some good sections to paddle  
in this river system, the Forked Lake Campground to Deerland section is one of them. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Put some time aside to spend at Buttermilk Falls since you're here at Raquette River. Take a hike on the Northville Lake Placid Trail; Silver Beach is quite close by if you're in a beach type of mood. This river is always fun. Have a wonderful hiking adventure along the Sucker Brook Trail, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Raquette Lake here. Raquette River usually gets a lot of rain. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain, and the driest month is February.

Raquette River, Forked Lake Campground to Deerland 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 Raquette River.
 Whitewater Near Raquette River:
Raquette River, Hamilton County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Forked Lake Campground to Deerland)
Round Lake Outlet, Hamilton / St. Lawrence County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.5 miles long (Round Lake to Bog River)
Rock River, Hamilton County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V - 5 miles long (Lake Durant to Cedar River)
Cedar River, Hamilton/Essex County, 9 miles away
      Class II-V - 8 miles long (Wakeley Dam to Spraque Brook)
Bog River, St. Lawrence County, 13 miles away
      Class II-V - 7.2 miles long (Lows Lower Dam to Tupper Lake)
Moose River - South Branch, Hamilton County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Silver Run to Bridge at Plains)
Cedar River, Hamilton/Essex County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 18 miles long (Sprague Brook to Hudson River)
Raquette River, St. Lawrence County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V - 17.5 miles long (Piercefield to Parmenter Site)
Squaw Brook, -blank- County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1 miles long (A mile from Sabael)
Indian River, Hamilton County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Brooktrout Lake to South Branch Moose)
 Ski Areas Near Raquette River:
McCauley Mountain, New York , 34 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 34 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 36 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 46 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 49 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 52 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
West Mountain, New York , 62 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 65 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 68 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 81 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
 Marinas Near Raquette River:
Long Lake Marina, Long Lake , 4 miles away
Clark's Indian Lake Marina, Sabael , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Raquette River:
Silver Beach, Hamilton , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Raquette River:
Best Western Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake , 33 miles away
Adirondack Lodge Old Forge, Old Forge , 35 miles away
The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid , 39 miles away
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid , 39 miles away
Quality Inn On Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 40 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Raquette River:
Forked Lake, Raquette Lake, 2 miles away
Lake Eaton Camp Ground, Blue Mountain Lake, 5 miles away
Long Lake Camp, Long Lake, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Raquette River:
Northville Lake Placid Trail, Hamilton , 9 miles away
Sucker Brook Trail, Hamilton , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Raquette River:
Inlet Golf Club, Inlet , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Raquette River
Blue Mountain Lake, Hamilton , 4 miles away
Raquette Lake, Hamilton , 12 miles away
Little Simon Pond, Franklin , 15 miles away

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