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New York Segments, M-Z
Jamie Fosburgh
National Park Service
Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance
15 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 223-5191
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River

County

Reach

Length (miles)

Year Listed/ Updated

Potential Classification

ORVs

Description

Other States

Neversink River

Ulster, Sullivan

Southwest of Cuddebackville to Rock Hill

16

1982

 

G

Geologic-(A strikingly uncharacteristic example of a southern New York section river. Significant water features present at High Falls, Denton Falls and Katring Falls.)

 

Neversink River, East Branch

Sullivan, Ulster

Confluence with West Branch near Claryville to junction with Erts Brook near Denning.

8

1995

 

S, R, F, H

Scenic-Forested, Catskill headwater stream with relatively light settlement.

Recreation-Entire reach is Class III whitewater. Trout and salmon fishery within reach.

Fish-Significant trout and possibly Atlantic salmon spawning and nursery habitat.

Historic-Part of the famed Charmed Circle of Catskill trout waters and considered to be the birthplace of dry-fly fishing in America.

 

Neversink River, West Branch

Sullivan, Ulster

Confluence with East Branch to junction with Biscuit Brook near Fronst Valley.

8

1995

 

S, R, F, H

Scenic-Forested Catskill headwater stream with relatively light settlement.

Recreation-Entire reach is Class III whitewater. Trout and salmon fishery within reach.

Fish-Significant trout and possibly Atlantic salmon spawning and nursery habitat.

Historic-Part of the famed Charmed Circle of Catskill trout waters and considered to be the birthplace of dry-fly fishing in America.

 

Nissequoque River

Suffolk

Confluence with Long Island Sound to New Mill Pond.

8

1995

   

Recreation-Flatwater paddling within a largely forested reach with good water quality; surrounded by developed areas.

Fish-Marine and anadromous fish spawning and nursery habitat in lower portion of reach.

 

Normans Kill

Albany

NY State Thruway to Route 146

14

1982

 

R

Recreation-(Unique proximity to urban populations in Albany and Schenectady. Segment includes a diversity of flow gradients including Class IV rapids.)

 

Oak Orchard Creek

Orleans

Lake Ontario to Lockport Road bridge.

44

1995

 

R, W

Recreation-Well-known flatwater paddle from near Ridgeway to Lake Ontario. Pacific salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout fishery near mouth. Warmwater and coolwater fisheries in the middle and upper segments of reach.

Wildlife-Reach includes Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Orchard Wildlife Managemnt Area, and Oak Orchard swamp. Rare, endangered, or threatened species of reptile present in reach.

 

Opalescent River

Essex

Confluence with the Hudson River to Flowed Land

15

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Osgood River

Franklin

Jones Pond Outlet to Meacham Lake

13

1982

 

S, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Oswegatchie River

St. Lawrence

Two miles south of Heuvelton to Rt. 87 bridge

8

1982

 

S

Scenic-(Segment includes a unique and diverse juxtaposition and combination of land and water elements including wetlands and rock promontories.)

 

Oswegatchie River

Jefferson, St. Lawrence

Route 87 bridge to Natural Dam

34

1982

 

S

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Oswegatchie River

St. Lawrence, Herkimer

Wanakena to Partlow Mill Dam

21

1982

 

S, F, C, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Oswegatchie River, Middle Branch

Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Lewis

Confluence with the Main Branch to the headwaters near Walker Lake

41

1982

 

S, F, C, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Oswegatchie River, West Branch

St. Lawrence, Lewis

Fullerville dam backwater to Harrisville northern boundary

12

1982

 

S, F, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Oswegatchie River, West Branch

Herkimer, Lewis

Southern boundary of Harrisville to Buck Pond

34

1982

 

S, F, H, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Otselic River

Chenango

South Otselic to Torpy Pond.

16

1995

 

O

Other-Primary water supply source for South Otselic State Fish Hatchery.

 

Otter Brook

Hamilton

Confluence with the South Branch of the Moose River to Lost Pond

10

1982

 

S, F, W, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Otter Creek

Lewis

Confluence with the Black River to Pine Grove Rd.

1

1982

 

G, O

See Black River comments.

 

Otter Creek

Lewis

Confluence with the Black & Big Otter Lake

16

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Oulaska Pass Brook

Essex, Hamilton

Confluence with Cold River to headwaters

3

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Peconic River

Suffolk

Great Peconic Bay to Red Maple Swamp near ridge.

16

1995

 

S, R, F

Scenic-Upper 10.5 of reach designated as scenic river and lower 5.5 miles designated as recreational river in New York State Rivers program.

Recreation-Flatwater paddling throughout most of the reach. Canoe liveries within reach.

Fish-Marine and anadramous fihses use lower part of reach as spawning and nursery habitat.

 

Piseco Lake Outlet

Hamilton

Confluence with the West Branch of the Sacandaga to State Route 10

5

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Pleasant Lake Stream

St. Lawrence

Confluence with the Middle Branch of the Grasse River to Pleasant Lake

5

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Poesten Kill

Rensselaer

West of Poesten Kill to Dyken Pond

10

1982

 

R, G

Hydrologic-(One of the last remaining examples of a free-flowing, undeveloped, low-order river in the section.)

Geologic-(Segment includes the unique and diverse Barberville Falls.)

Recreation-(Unique proximity to urban populations in Troy and Albany, New York.)

 

Poultney River

Washington (NY), Rutland (VT)

Lake Champlain to headwaters near Tinmouth, VT.

50

1995

 

R, F

Recreation-Lower 26 miles below Carver Fall offers flatwater canoeing. Trout fishing in upper part of reach; warmwter and walleye fishing below Carver Falls.

Fish-=One of New York's most endangered fish species is present throughout the lower 26 miles.

Other-Because water quality and quantity is important to the endangered fish species' survival, the entire watershed is listed.

VT

Raquette River

St. Lawrence, Franklin, Hamilton

Confluence with Carry Falls Reservoir (Jamestown Falls) to the outlet of Raquette Lake

73

1982

 

S, C

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Red River

Hamilton

Confluence with the South Branch of the Moose River to headwaters

10

1982

 

S, F, C

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Roaring Brook

Lewis

Confluence with the Black River to Martinsburg

4

1982

 

G, O

See Black River comments.

 

Rock River

Hamilton

Confluence with the Cedar River to Lake Durant

8

1982

 

S

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Rondout Creek

Sullivan, Ulster

NY Rt. 55 bridge (head of Rondout Reservoir) to headwaters near Peekamoose Lake.

12

1995

 

S, R

Scenic-Prime Catskill Mountain scenery. The creek flows within a great cleft.

Recreation-Lower 10 miles is Class IV whitewater with limited use by only experienced paddlers. Trout fishing throughout entire reach.

 

Rondout Creek

Ulster

Hudson River to junction with Sandberg creek near Napanoch.

39

1995

 

S, R, F

Scenic-Upper 30 miles of segment is a menadering river with a pastoral setting and alternating views of the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains. Towns are small and generally removed from river. Reach includes High Falls, which is an outstanding landmark during spring flows.

Recreation-Flatwater paddling for the upper 23 miles to High Falls. From High Falls to Eddyville Dam, seasonally-varying whitewater paddling ranging from Class I to IV. Flatwater paddling with tidal influence over the lower 9 miles below eddyville dam. Warmwater fishing for bass and walleye throughout reach; seasonal trout fishing in the upper part of reach.

Fish-Important fish spawning and nursery habitat from Eddyville Dam to Hudson River.

 

Round Lake Outlet

Hamilton, St. Lawrence

Confluence with Bog River to Round Lake

3

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Sacandaga River

Hamilton

Great Sacandaga Lake inlet to Lake Pleasant outlet

31

1982

 

S, R, F, H

See Ampersand Brooks (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Sacandaga River, East Branch

Hamilton, Warren

Confluence with the main Branch to Botheration Pond

24

1982

 

S, F, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Sacandaga River, North Branch

Hamilton

Confluence with the West Branch to headwaters (Canary Pond)

6

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Sacandaga River, West Branch

Hamilton

Confluence with the main branch to headwaters near Silver Lake Mountain

34

1982

 

S, R, F, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Salmon River

Franklin

Park Boundary to Elbow Ponds

12

1982

 

S, R

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Salmon River

Oswego

Salmon Reservoir to the headwaters of the East Branch

10

1982

 

O

Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watershed is virtually undeveloped and remote.)

 

Salmon River

Oswego

Route 81 to Lower Reservoir

9

1982

 

R

Recreation-(Segment includes a diversity of unique flow gradients including terrace-like drops through a trough and includes Class IV rapids.

 

Salmon River, North Branch

Oswego

Salmon Reservoir to Castor Pond

5

1982

 

O

See Salmon River (segment from Salmon Reservoir to the headwaters of the East Branch) comments.

 

Sandy Creek

Jefferson

Mouth at Lake Ontario to Route 81

12

1982

 

O

Botanic-(Segment flows through the diverse Lakeview Marsh area which includes a sand sune, 4 miles of barrier beach, 5 open water ponds, and 450 acres of marsh.)

 

Sandy Creek (Sandy Creek System)

Jefferson

East of Adams to the headwaters

17

1982

 

O

Hydrologic-(Collectively the segments within the system are representative examples of the regionally unique Tug Hill Upland area. The plateau-like region is one of the least settled parts of NY State.)

 

Sangerfield River

Madison, Oneida

Wickwire Road to NY Rt. 12 bridge.

10

1995

 

S, F, W

Recreation-Flatwater paddling. Generally entrance and exit both at Wickwire Road since river is not deep enough to reach upstream terminus.

Wildlife-Reach includes Nine Mile Swamp, which is frequented by a variety of animals and plants. A rare, threatened or endangered reptile species occurs in reach.

Historic-Reach includes area where the infamous Loomis Gang kept stolen horses, captives, etc.

 

Saranac River

Clinton, Franklin, Essex

Bridge crossing south of Elsinore to Upper Saranac Lake outlet

66

1982

 

S, R, H

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Saranac River, North Branch

Clinton, Franklin

Confluence with the main branch to Mud Pond

20

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Schoharie Creek

Greene

Prattsville to headwaters

29

1982

 

S, R

Recreation-(Segment includes Class 3 rapids between Tannersville and Jewett Center and between State Route 42 bridge, Lexington, to Prattsiville Dam.)

Scenic-(A wide and unique variety of views related to stream channel and topographic variation including the walls of the eastern escarpment of the Catskill Mt. plateau, the Lexington and Prattsville valley, and numerous bluffs and forested mountain slopes.)

 

Schoharie Creek

Green

Near Vroman's Nose to the Blenheim-Gilboa Pump Storage Project dam

15

1982

 

G

Geologic-(An abundance of representative geologic features throughout the segment, including Boucks, Towpath Mountain and Walhalla Rocks.)

 

Schoharie Creek

 

New York State Thruway to Esperance

18

1982

 

R, G, O

Hydrologic-(The last remaining segment of a sparsely developed significant free-flowing representative river in this section.)

Geologic-(An abundance of representative geologic features thorughout the segment, including 200' cliffs near Lost Valley.)

Recreation-(A high diversity of flow gradients including a significant segment of Class IV rapids.)

 

Schroon River

Warren, Essex

Confluence with the Hudson River to the outlet of the former Deadwater Pond

67

1982

 

S, G, W, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Scriba Creek

Oswego

Oneida Lake to headwaters near Salt Road (Rt. 183).

14

1995

 

F, O

Fish-Walleye spawning and nursery habitat near mouth.

Other-Primary water supply source for Oneida State Fish Hatchery.

 

Shawangunk Kill River

Ulster

Confluence with Wallkill River to Orange Conty line near New Vernon.

30

1995

 

R

Recreation-Seasonal Class I whitewater through most of reach; occasional Class II whitewater when river passes through large boulder field. Seasonal coldwater trout fishery downstream to vicinity of Red Mills and warmwater fishery throughout lower part of reach.

Other-Mostly the banks have riparian vegetation; but some openings associated with agricultural uses provide a fine view of Shawangunk Mountains to the west. Segment downstream of Red Mills designated in New York State Rivers Program.

 

Shingle Gulf

Jefferson, Lewis

Confluence with Sandy Creek to the headwaters east of Whitesville Road

4

1982

 

G, O

Geologic-(Segment includes a 2.3 mile gorge up to 200 feet deep.)

 

Silver Lake Outlet

Hamilton

Confluence with the West Branch of the Sacandaga to Silver Lake

5

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

South Branch Opalescent River/Skylight Brook

Essex

Confluence with Opalescent to headwaters

5

1982

 

O

See Amperand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

South Sandy Creek

Lewis, Jefferson

Mouth at Lake Ontario to the headwaters at the unnamed pond on the Lewis-Jefferson County boundary

28

1982

 

G

Geologic-(Segment flows through a variety of gorges including the 6 mile long, 200 feet deep Lorraine Gulf and the 3 mile long, 100 feet deep Totman Gulf.)

 

Spring Creek

Livingston, Monroe

Confluence with Oatka Creek to headwaters.

6

1995

 

R, G, O

Recreation-Brown trout fishing in lower segment of reach.

Geologic-Creek disappears in middle portion due to a large underground aquifer.

Other-Primary water supply source for Caledonia State Fish Hatchery.

 

St. Regis River

St. Lawrence, Franklin

Brasher Falls to Lower St. Regis Lake

46

1982

 

S, R, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Provine River System) comments.

 

St. Regis River, East Branch

Franklin

Confluence with the main branch above Santa Clara to headwaters at Meacham Lake

18

1982

 

S, O

See Ampersand River (Adriondack Province River System) comments.

 

St. Regis River, West Branch

St. Lawrence

Confleunce with the main branch at Winthrop to Allen Falls Reservoir

17

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

St. Regis River, West Branch

St. Lawrence, Franklin

Parishville to headwaters at Little Fish Pond

42

1982

 

S, F

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Susquehanna River

Chenango, Delaware

NY Rt. 206 in Bainbridge to Otsego Lake outlet at Cooperstown.

57

1995

 

S, R

Scenic-LImited development has resulted in reach retaining most of its riparian vegetation. Wooded hillsides provide pleasant scenic views.

Recreation-Only portion of this river suitable for both day and extended trips. Reach used for General Clinton canoe races held annually on Memorial Day weekend. Warmwater and coldwater fishing within various segments of reach.

 

Taghkanic Creek

Columbia

Confluence with Claverack Creek to headwaters

24

1982

 

R

See Claverack Creek comments.

 

The Branch

Essex

Confluence with Schroon River to Elk Lake

12

1982

 

O

See Ampersand BRook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Thirteenth Brook

Warren

Confluence with Hudson River to Thirteenth Lake

5

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Tomhannock Creek

Rensselaer

Confluence with the Hoosic River to the Boston-Maine railroad bridge

2

1982

 

G, O

See Hoosic River (segment from the confluence with the Hudson River to Schaghticoke) comments.

 

Trout Brook

Essex, Warren

Pottersville to Olmstedville

8

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Unadilla River

Ostego, Chanango, Madison

Confluence with the Susquehanna River to West Edmeston

37

1982

 

R, O

Hydrologic-(Segment is one of the longest remaining undeveloped, free-flowing rivers in the section.)

 

Upper & Lower Twin Brooks

Essex

Confluence with Opalescent to headwaters

6

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

Wallkill River

Orange

Hamburg, NJ to the Merritts Island, NY area

14

1982

 

O

Hydrologic-(One of the last remaining sparsely developed, representative free-flowing rivers in the section.)

Botanic-(Over one third of the segment is dominated by wetlands, the extent of which is uncommon to the section.)

NJ

Wallkill River (including Shawangunk Kill)

Ulster (Ulster, Orange)

Sturgeon Pond to Wallkill (confluence with the Walkill River to Pine Bush)

19 (12)

1982 (1982)

 

H

Historic - Sement includes Perrine's Bridgem a National Historic Register Site (Historic - Segment includes the Johannes Decker Farm, a National Historic Register Site.)

NJ

Wallkill River

Orange

South of the Montgomery Airport to Route 17

7

1982

 

O

Hydrologic-(One of the last remaining sparsely developed, representative free-flowing rivers in the section.)

NJ

Wappinger Creek

Dutchess

Nooteming Lake to headwaters at Thompson Pond

15

1982

 

G

Geologic-(Segment includes Thompson Pond, a National Natural Landmark.)

 

West Canada Creek

Herkimer, Hamilton

Harvey Road bridge crossing to Mud Lake

36

1982

 

S, R, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

West Canada Creek, South Branch

Herkimer, Hamilton

Confluence with West Canada Creek to headwaters

18

1982

 

S, R, O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.

 

West Stony Creek

Fulton, Hamilton

Confluence with the Sacandaga River to Peck's Lake

15

1982

 

O

See Ampersand Brook (Adirondack Province River System) comments.