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Old 06-23-2017, 06:10 PM   #3
Glen L
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Canton, NY
Posts: 169
Middle branch SR access

Unless you begin in Keese Mill for some very short trips on Upper river (See North Flow for details) the next legal access downriver begins from a pkg area approx 1.5m S of Quebec brook bridge.The big brown/gold DEC sign was gone as of last Oct when I last visited but gate is still there.You have to carry .5M+ to the river. mostly on an old rd slowly growing in. Staying on rd to a former camp site on river is easiest but DEC marked a short spur off the rd to river & register to avoid the last section thru camp area. From the put in you can legally paddle miles upriver 'till you reach the 1st rapid which would require a carry over private (bay Pond club ?) lands. Downriver you'll cruise the 16m level. There are 2 longer (.5m+/-) carries that have received no maintenance since 1st established in 2000. Takeouts aren't marked (look near head of raps) & trails are very rough. There are also 2 short carries that can be run @ hi water. Soon after the last short carry on river left look on rt for a small floating log filled cove. where an old trail leads in 100+ yds to a formerly signed & designated DEC pkg area on Blue mt rd within site of posted bridge. I think there may have been a survey error here As DEC 1st built , then abandoned this access. If McCavanaugh pond club zellots are in evidence, you can carry out along the yellow blazed prop boundary a short distance up river of that takeout. Don't recommend pkg in that former lot.
Way downriver there's a great launch in "downtown" Santa Clara & a midway launch @ mostly unsigned side rd N of private lands near Duck Pond. (haven't used it in few yrs but if you do there's another .5m rap & carry trail (also likely unmaintained) just a short way below this access.
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