Sacandaga River

White House, New York 12177

Sacandaga River

Sacandaga River Professional Review and Guide

"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 Branch) and Stewarts Bridge Reservoir to Hudson River. The longest and heaviest water in the Sacandaga is to be found on this branch. Large standing waves try to overpower any canoe, and even the smaller waves pack tremendous force that the canoeist can’t really appreciate until he has had a rather brusque introduction. Superimposed on this is a current that is amazingly fast paced for the river’s size, especially in high water, so your reaction time is cut down slightly. Fortunately very little maneuvering is required unless you attempt to avoid the bigger waves or souse holes that populate the run. This section contains several waterfalls and long slides, and is an excellent advanced run that is easily accessible by road. The rapids start shortly downstream. In high water they are very closely spaced, choppy standing waves. The pace is not quite so fast as it is on the East Branch, but it is fast nonetheless. Just before the approach to the Route 8 bridge, a large island divides the river. Narrow channels exist on both sides. The excitement increases as the current accelerates. The main Sacandaga from Stewarts Bridge Reservoir to the Hudson River is notable mostly for its reliable flow pattern. The rapids are wide, with few features except waves, an occasional hole, and an even less occasional rock. The scenery is pleasant but nothing to write home about. Nevertheless, because it runs throughout the summer, the Sacandaga is a popular play spot for New York boaters who need a whitewater fix when most other rivers are dry."

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White House
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Class II-V
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