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WHITEWATER KAYAKING IN SARATOGA COUNTY

SACANDAGA RIVER - STEWARTS BRIDGE

  • Town of Wilton, Saratoga County
  • Activities: River Running, Play Boating
  • Length: 2 1/2 miles
  • Scenery: Adirondacks
  • Current: Class II - III
  • Gauge:
  • Trip tip: Releases everyday from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

Just 20 miles north of Saratoga, this river has whitewater all season long. Thanks to the cooperation of the power company, we have releases every day from May to September. The put-in has a large eddy, which is great to warm up. The river has two sections of rapids. The upper section has an excellent surf wave river right just down from the put-in. The first wave will surf you all day long. Right behind that wave is a more trashy one called the Vesuvius. The second section, which is preceded by about a 1/2 mile of flat water, has a great play hole on river left, just past the bridge. The take-out is on the left just before the confluence with the Hudson River. If you paddle up the Hudson and under the bridge, there are some strong currents and eddy lines in the Room of Doom. Just above the Room of Doom is Rockwell Falls - a Class V waterfall. There is a parking and picnic area at the take-out with an outfitter shop. Shuttles are available from the take-out to the put-in for a small fee.

Directions: Sacandaga Outdoor Center - Take-Out

Drive north from Saratoga on Rte 9N through the Town of Corinth. Continue on Rte 9N to the Town of Lake Luzerne. At the traffic light before Stewart’s make a left onto East River Dr. Continue along the Hudson River into town. Make a left onto County Rte 4 and go over the bridge. Make the next left just before the railroad tracks onto Old Corinth Rd. The take-out is at the end of the road.

Directions: Stewart’s Dam - Put-In

From the take-out drive out to County Rte 4 and make a left. Go over the railroad tracks and drive along the Sacandaga River. Make your second left onto South Shore Rd (County Rte 7) and continue past the dirt parking lot on your right. Make a left at the stop sign and the put-in is through the gate just down the road on the left. Unload here and park back up the road at the dirt lot.


ANTHONY KILL - "TENANDAHO"

  • Town of Stillwater, Saratoga County
  • Activities: River Running
  • Length: 4 miles
  • Scenery: Tree Canopy, Urban
  • Current: Class I-II
  • Trip Tip: Strainers
  • Gauge: N/A

This creek flows east from Round Lake into the Hudson River through the town of Mechanicville. Tenandaho is the Native American name given to the creek. When this creek is running you can enjoy Class II-III rapids with a mix between natural and urban surroundings. There are some fallen trees across the river. Some of the challenging rapids include Round House and Joyce’s Log Cabin. There are several bridges and tunnels that you will paddle under when in Mechanicville. The Tenandaho Downriver Race takes place every spring. The Tenandaho Canoe Committee coordinates the race with sponsorship from local businesses. You can reach the Committee at (518)-584-2061.

Directions: Coons Crossing Rd, Stillwater - Put-In

From Rte 9 in Round Lake travel on Rte 67 East toward the town of Mechanicville. A few miles down the road make a right onto Coons Crossing Rd. Immediately ahead is the Anthony Kill flowing under the bridge. The vegetation is heavy and a little bushwhacking may be necessary.

Directions: Terminal St, Mechanicville - Take-Out

From the put-in follow Rte 67 East into Mechanicville. At the traffic light, where Rte 67 East turns left and goes over the Hudson River, continue straight. Terminal St is a few blocks on the left, across from the fire station.


COHOES WAVE - MOHAWK RIVER

  • Town of Waterford, Saratoga County
  • Activities: Park and Play
  • Length: 100 yards
  • Current: Class II - V
  • Scenery: Urban Industrial
  • Gauge: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/current/?type=flow.
  • Trip tip: Wear ear and nose plugs. Don't Swim!

This feature on the Mohawk River has become popular over the past several years. There seems to always be a wave or hole to play in at any water level. Playboating here can be a blast. Wear noseplugs and earplugs being careful of industrial pollution. This area is where the Mohawk River flows into the Hudson River. The Mohawk River flows around several islands at this confluence.
From the parking area walk up the river about 100 yards and carefully climb down the shale bank to the river to put in. Paddling up the river is a nice place to warm up and check out the water flowing over a low head dam. As you start to paddle downstream there is a good surf wave to catch on the fly. The hole on river right is shallow but fun to hop in and try your luck. Keep that up stream chine up when you try to spin and side surf. The hole will keep you in there if you want. The NYS surface water gauge is Mohawk at Cohoes - hence the name, Cohoes Wave. The drainage for the Mohawk River is more than 3000 square miles. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/current/?type=flow.

Directions: Fulton Ave

From the north take Exit 8a off of the Northway(I-87). Head east on Grooms Rd (Rte 91). Cross over Rte 9 and continue on Guideboard Rd. (Rte. 94). This turns into Middletown Rd (Rte. 96) to the Town of Waterford. Make a right onto Saratoga Ave (Rte 32). Stay on Saratoga Ave until you see the McDonald’s on the right. Make a left onto Fulton Ave. Park in the park at the end of the road.


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