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  Neversink River, NY
  Posted by: Joelsongs on May-21-14 7:07 AM (EST)

Hey everyone,

Was wondering if anyone has info on paddling the Neversink River in NY, leading to the Delaware River. Put in spots, take out spots, difficulty? Any info is appreciated. Thanks!


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  Yes...In the Class IV gorge, I got my
  Posted by: spiritboat on May-21-14 10:53 AM (EST)
my ass handed to me...Didn't take it personally though, and am planning on doing it again, but as an overnight and using a self-bailing ducky.

Here's the low down on the more normal sections of "the sink":

Class I-III - Take Out: Claryville, Rte. 157/47 bridge, start up in Denning, about 8 miles. Or put-in by the Frost Valley. One large ledge on the branch needs to be scouted. Gauge should be at 500-800 cfs.

Class IV - Monticello. Take Out at Rt. 49 Bridge in Oakland Valley. Drive North on 49 to Bridgeville/Rt. 173 roughly 12 miles. Bring your jock strap.

  Denning or Frost Valley
  Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on May-21-14 3:54 PM (EST)
Never paddled the East or West branch, but know the area and both branches. From what I've seen under normal flow is a rather boney place to paddle. Lot's of dragging is likely.
  Posted by: spiritboat on May-21-14 4:27 PM (EST)
East Neversink(Claryville) 300 cfs is low--Mostly lower than this all summer, unless you catch it the day/week after a torrential downpour.

Neversink West (Liberty) 600 cfs is the minimum. 1000 is better.

Neither is much fun if water is low.

If this is too unpredictable/you are not local, it is better to tag the Mongaup, with it's scheduled calendar reservoir releases.
  Neversink Gorge
  Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on May-22-14 4:31 PM (EST)
Paddled it many times in the 80's and 90's -- the stretch that Spiritboat is referring to as the class 4 run.

The class 4 section is only about 1.5 miles in the middle of the run. Up to the first falls, a river wide ledge, the run has nothing harder than 2+ and is mostly just swiftwater. The ledge can be easily run on right of center.

Then comes about 1.5 miles of fairly continuous and technical class 3-4, a bony run at low water and a very pushy 4 at high levels.

This section ends at the second falls, which is higher and more technical than the first. It can be run fairly easily on the far right. Harold Deal and Jim Michaud even ran center.

After this second falls there is nothing harder than class 2 for the final five miles or so.

I could always judge the level of the Neversink Gorge by the level of the Vernooy Kill in Wawarsing, NY. I believe I was the only person in the galaxy who knew that relationship. Now, their may be electric gauges and computer things to tell levels, but they wouldn't mean anything to me.


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