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New York whitewater, Wappinger Creek

Dutchess county, Red Oak Mills to New Hamburg section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     8 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New York is often tougher than elsewhere, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Red Oak Mills to New Hamburg section of Wappinger Creek in New York is 8 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from Kingston it's not a long drive at all to the
    put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or
both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. The beautiful scenery of Dutchess County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Red Oak Mills to New Hamburg stretch is one of them. No shortage  
of good hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Wappinger Creek you can take a hike along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; this is a popular place for people from Wappingers Falls. A spree to Wappinger Creek wouldn’t be complete without a journey to nearby Clarence Fahnestock State Park. Hudson Highlands State Park is worth taking a look at if you're at Wappinger Creek. The high level of rain makes Wappinger Creek a relatively wet spot. May is the wettest month with most rain while February is generally the driest month.

Wappinger Creek, Red Oak Mills to New Hamburg 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 Wappinger Creek.
 Whitewater Near Wappinger Creek:
Wappinger Creek, Dutchess County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Red Oak Mills to New Hamburg)
Fish Kill River, Dutchess County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 0.25 miles long (Beacon)
Coxing Kill River, Ulster County, 14 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Route 44/55 and downstream)
Moodna Creek, Orange County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6 miles long (Woodbury Creek to Old Forge Hill Road)
Popolopen Creek, Orange County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (to Popolopen Bridge)
Penlolopen Brook, Orange County, 17 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 1 miles long (Queensboro Lake to a mile above 9W)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Stillwater Road to Tongore Road)
Rondout Creek, Ulster County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (High Falls Dam to Wallkill River)
Wallkill River, Orange/ Ulster County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 30 miles long (Walden to mouth)
Esopus Creek, Ulster County, 21 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Glenerie Falls to Saugerties)
 Ski Areas Near Wappinger Creek:
Thunder Ridge, New York , 23 miles away, 500 foot drop, 4 lifts, 30 runs
Tuxedo Ridge, New York , 29 miles away, 400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 7 runs
Mt. Peter, New York , 33 miles away, 400 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
Hunter Mountain, New York , 37 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 55 runs
Catamount, Massachusetts , 41 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 7 lifts, 29 runs
Mohawk Mountain, Connecticut , 43 miles away, 640 foot drop, 6 lifts, 24 runs
Windham Mountain, New York , 43 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 46 runs
Woodbury, Connecticut , 45 miles away, 300 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Hidden Valley, New Jersey , 45 miles away, 620 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Mountain Creek, New Jersey , 47 miles away, 1040 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
 Marinas Near Wappinger Creek:
Marina at Cranston's Dock, Highland Falls , 13 miles away
Jeff's Yacht Haven, Connelly , 16 miles away
Mahopac Marina, Mahopac , 17 miles away
Atlantic Yacht Associates, Kingston , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Wappinger Creek:
Mercury Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie , 1 miles away
Red Roof PLUS+ Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie , 2 miles away
Residence Inn Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie , 3 miles away
Poughkeepsie Inn, Poughkeepsie , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wappinger Creek:
RPH Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hopewell Junction, 10 miles away
Clarence Fahnestock State Park - Pelton Pond, Putnam Valley, 10 miles away
Clarence Fahnestock State Park - Appalachian Trail Trail Crossing, Putnam Valley, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Wappinger Creek:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Putnam , 13 miles away
Stilwell Lake Trail, Orange , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wappinger Creek:
Gateway National Recreation Area, Brooklyn - NY , 54 miles away
Hudson Highlands State Park, New York , 8 miles away
Clarence Fahnestock State Park, New York , 8 miles away
James Baird State Park, New York , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wappinger Creek:
Dutchess Golf & Country, Poughkeepsie , 3 miles away
Mc Cann Memorial Golf Course, Poughkeepsie , 3 miles away
Dutchess Golf And Country Club, Poughkeepsie , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Wappinger Creek
Vassar Lake, Dutchess , 4 miles away
Morgan Lake, Dutchess , 5 miles away
Gem Lake, Dutchess , 10 miles away

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