The releases are the result of negotiations by American Whitewater that have produced a series of 11 whitewater releases during a typical year, spread over three challenging sections of Beaver River whitewater. The sections are dry except for release days when Orion Power allows water to spill back into the natural river bed creating whitewater runs ranging from class 3 to class 5.
The runs are typically short, varying in length from one to four miles, and on most release days water is scheduled on two different parts of the river. Boaters can easily paddle one section of the Beaver River in the morning and then catch a second section in the afternoon. The whitewater sections include the Taylorville run, a 1.5-mile stretch that features six class 3–4 drops. While some of the drops appear intimidating—particularly a steep 30-foot slide—the rapids are fairly straightforward and are appropriate for strong intermediate paddlers looking for an introduction to steep creeking.
The Moshier section is the jewel of the river, a 4-mile run that includes two runnable waterfalls, a number of easy class-3 rapids, and concludes with a long, technical class-5 rapid composed of four discernible drops. The section is appropriate for experts or strong intermediates with judicious scouting and/or portaging.
The Eagle section is short and demanding. Only a mile in length, the run starts off with four class-5 drops, where the river drops the equivalent of 475 fpm. Eagle is a demanding, expert run. The Beaver River originates from Stillwater Reservoir in the western section of the Adirondack Park, northeast of the village of Lowville. The area is undeveloped and camping is available throughout the area.
Questions regarding the Beaver River can be directed to Chris Koll at (315) 652-8397.
The “Bottom Moose” in Lyons Falls provides some of the best white water kayaking east of the Mississippi. Rapids range from class 4–5, making this stretch appropriate for experts.
Each spring and fall, Lyons Falls Alive hosts the Black-Moose Kayak Event, drawing hundreds to the area for a weekend filled with kayak events, camping, and fun for all ages.