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New York whitewater, Saw Kill River

Ulster county, Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     4.5 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in New York are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The natural beauty of Ulster County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting point is not too far from Kingston, if you're not familiar with the area there's
    a road map further down the page. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road stretch is just one of them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good
exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The river winds through the Catskill Mountains and you get great scenery. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. The Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road section of Saw Kill River in New York is 4.5 miles long and has been rated as  
a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. There are many good hotels to choose from, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Kingston love to come to Saw Kill River, and there are good locations to discover along the Willow Trail. So much entertaining stuff in the Catskill Mountains, just inspiring. A spree to Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park rejuvenates the soul. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 70's to Saw Kill River. All through the moonlight hours it's commonly in the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 20's with temperatures at Saw Kill River dipping down into the 0's through winter nights.

Saw Kill River, Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road 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 Saw Kill River.
 Whitewater Near Saw Kill River:
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #1 to Saw Kill Road)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Below Reservoir #2 to Reservoir #1)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Stillwater Road to Tongore Road)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Glenerie Falls to Saugerties)
Beaver Kill River, Ulster County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 212 bridge below Willow to Kaaterskill)
Plattekill Creek, Greene / Ulster County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Platte Clove Road to West Saugerties)
Saw Kill River, Ulster County, 8 miles away
      Class II-V - 5.5 miles long (Meads Mountain Road bridge to Chestnut Hill Road)
Kaaterskill Creek, Green/Ulster County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (High Falls to Catskill Creek)
Rondout Creek, Ulster County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (High Falls Dam to Wallkill River)
Kiskatom Creek, Greene County, 13 miles away
      Class II-V(V+) - 4.5 miles long (Winter Clove to Hearts Content Road)
 Ski Areas Near Saw Kill River:
Hunter Mountain, New York , 15 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 21 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Belleayre, New York , 32 miles away, 1404 foot drop, 8 lifts, 47 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 40 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 41 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Thunder Ridge, New York , 41 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 42 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Holiday Mountain, New York , 43 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Plattekill, New York , 44 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 35 runs
Hidden Valley, New Jersey , 51 miles away, 620 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Saw Kill River:
Atlantic Yacht Associates, Kingston , 5 miles away
Jeff's Yacht Haven, Connelly , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Saw Kill River:
Rodeway Inn Skytop, Kingston , 3 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Kingston , 3 miles away
Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel And Conference Center, Kingston , 3 miles away
Super 8 Kingston, Kingston , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites KINGSTON-ULSTER, Lake Katrine , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saw Kill River:
Saugerties/Woodstock KOA, Saugerties, 5 miles away
Blue Mt Campground, Saugerties, 6 miles away
Hidden Valley Lake, Kingston, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Saw Kill River:
Willow Trail, Ulster , 15 miles away
Phoenicia Trail, Ulster , 16 miles away
Spruceton Trail, Greene , 17 miles away
Kanape Jeep Trail, Ulster , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saw Kill River:
Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park, New York , 11 miles away
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York , 22 miles away
James Baird State Park, New York , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saw Kill River:
Kessman Herbert N, Kingston , 3 miles away
Hudson Valley Golf, Kingston , 4 miles away
Green Acres Golf Club, Kingston , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Saw Kill River
Onteora Lake, Ulster , 2 miles away
Sturgeon Pool, Ulster , 8 miles away
Cooper Lake, Ulster , 10 miles away

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