Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in New York

This list represents the most popular whitewater kayaking & canoeing in New York. Use this list to plan your next New York whitewater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Black River: Watertown to Brownville

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    Watertown, NY

    Set in the midst of a dying mill town only a few miles from Lake Ontario, at first glance the Black seems an unlikely location for a whitewater run. But less than 100 yards from the put-in you’ll ...
    •  7 miles
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    Set in the midst of a dying mill town only a few miles from Lake Ontario, at first glance the Black seems an unlikely location ...

  • #2 Moose River - Lower Moose: Moose River Road to Lyonsdale Road

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    Fowlersville, NY

    This eTrail includes two sections of New York's Moose River: Moose River Road to Fowlersville Road and Fowlersville Road to Lyonsdale Road. The Lower Moose provides a challenging run appropriate ...
    •  11.7 miles
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    This eTrail includes two sections of New York's Moose River: Moose River Road to Fowlersville Road and Fowlersville Road ...

  • #3 Beaver River: Moshier Pond to Belfort Pond

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    Belfort, NY

    This eTrail includes three sections of New York's Beaver River: Moshier Pond to Moshier Powerhouse, Eagle Pond to Soft Maple Reservoir, and Taylorville to Belfort Pond. The Moshier section of ...
    •  3 miles
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    This eTrail includes three sections of New York's Beaver River: Moshier Pond to Moshier Powerhouse, Eagle Pond to Soft Maple ...

  • #4 Hudson / Indian Rivers: Indian River to Route 28

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    Minerva, NY

    The Hudson River Gorge is certainly one of the finest runs in the East. Utterly majestic scenery, complete isolation from the daily routine, and challenging rapids all make this trip unforgettable. ...
    •  12.5 miles
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    The Hudson River Gorge is certainly one of the finest runs in the East. Utterly majestic scenery, complete isolation from ...

  • #5 Boreas River: Route 28 North to Minerva bridge

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    Minerva, NY

    There are only a few rivers whose reputations do not overshadow actual fact. Most paddlers commonly exaggerate the difficulty of rivers and rapids to the point that the unsuspecting listener ...
    •  7 miles
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    There are only a few rivers whose reputations do not overshadow actual fact. Most paddlers commonly exaggerate the difficulty ...

  • #6 Esopus Creek: Route 28 to Phoenicia

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    Allaben, NY

    The Esopus Creek is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Its moderate rapids, generally good scenery, and reliable release schedule make it a favorite of both open- and clo ...
    •  3 miles
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    The Esopus Creek is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Its moderate rapids, generally good scenery, and ...

  • #7 Sacandaga River

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    White House, NY

    This eTrail includes five sections of New York's Sacandaga River: White House to Campground, Old Route 30 to Old Route 30 Bridge, Route 8/30 to Route 30 (Middle Branch), Route 8/30 to Route 30 ...
    •  19.2 miles
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    This eTrail includes five sections of New York's Sacandaga River: White House to Campground, Old Route 30 to Old Route 30 ...