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.

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#1. Black River: Watertown to Brownville


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 beco…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Watertown, NY - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

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


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 for s…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Fowlersville, NY - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 11.7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Beaver River: Moshier Pond to Belfort Pond


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 the Beav…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Belfort, NY - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

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


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. Th…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Minerva, NY - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

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


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 really do…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Minerva, NY - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Esopus Creek: Route 28 to Phoenicia


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 closed-boater…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
Allaben, NY - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Sacandaga River


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 (East B…
From the guidebook "Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide"
White House, NY - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 19.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books