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New York whitewater, Raquette River

Franklin county, Sugar Island section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     2 miles
On the Raquette River, Sugar Island road map, it says Franklin county, Sugar Island section road map. the area of the Raquette River you are showing is in St Lawrence County

This stretch of Raquette River is 2 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Ogdensburg-Massena, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. A bit
    of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Sugar Island section is
just one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New York is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The natural beauty of New York and the playfulness of the water make the trip  
here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Raquette River you'll most likely meet some folks from Potsdam, and a tour to Higley Flow State Park when you're here is never a bad idea. Throughout the summertime months at Raquette River temperatures are commonly in the 70's. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 20's with winter lows in the 0's overnight here at Raquette River. A typical amount of precipitation falls here at Raquette River. For the duration of August this area sees the most rain, and January is the month with the least moisture.

Raquette River, Sugar Island 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, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 2 miles long (Sugar Island)
Raquette River, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 1 miles long (Hannawa Falls dam to powerhouse)
Raquette River, St. Lawrence County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 30 miles long (Brown's Bridge to Massena)
Raquette River, St. Lawrence County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Colton to Brown's Bridge)
St. Regis River - West Branch, St. Lawrence County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Below Allen Falls to Sandfordville)
Grass River - North Branch, St. Lawrence County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (Clare Road to Grass River)
Trout Brook River, St. Lawrence County, 12 miles away
      Class -blank- - 7 miles long (Route 118 to Reagan Road)
Grass River, St. Lawrence County, 13 miles away
      Class II-V - 7 miles long (Lampsons Falls to Russell)
Grass River - Middle Branch, St. Lawrence County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 13.5 miles long (Blue Mountain and Pleasant Lake St to Grass River)
St. Regis River, St. Lawrence County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 11 miles long (Winthrop to Route 92 above Helena)
 Ski Areas Near Raquette River:
McCauley Mountain, New York , 46 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 51 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 58 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 60 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 72 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Dry Hill, New York , 74 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Camp Fortune - Ste. Marie, Quebec , 74 miles away, 650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
Mont Cascades, Quebec , 76 miles away, 525 foot drop, 17 lifts, 15 runs
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 78 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Edelweiss, Quebec , 78 miles away, 656 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
 Beaches Near Raquette River:
Massena Beach, St. Lawrence , 15 miles away
Barnhart Island Beach, St. Lawrence , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Raquette River:
The Clarkson Inn, Potsdam , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn Potsdam NY, Potsdam , 2 miles away
Scottish Inns Potsdam, Potsdam , 3 miles away
Comfort Suites Canton, Canton , 12 miles away
Best Western University Inn, Canton , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Raquette River:
Higley Flow State Park, Colton, 8 miles away
Hillside Motel and Kampground, Massena, 16 miles away
Massena International, Massena, 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Raquette River:
Higley Flow State Park, New York , 8 miles away
Coles Creek State Park, New York , 18 miles away
Eel Weir State Park, New York , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Raquette River:
Potsdam Country Club, Potsdam , 2 miles away
Scott's Golf Course, Potsdam , 2 miles away
Raymondville Golf & Country Club, Raymondville , 10 miles away

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