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Old 03-04-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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Schroon River rapids

Has anyone paddled the Schroon between Sharp Bridge Campground and Schroon Falls? I am wondering how many rapids there are and what class. Just need a general description, but welcome details if you have them.

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Old 03-05-2012, 05:12 AM   #2
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From AW. "River Description-
The river is primarily a flat water paddle. The only exceptions are a fishing weir about two miles down from the putin and the rapid called Schroon falls at the take out. In high water you will need to be careful of the fishing weir as it can have a uniform back roller and the possibility of pinning is there. Otherwise the only section that is runnable is the far right.
At the end of the section, as you approach the bridge you will notice a horizon line. If you need to scout do so from the left bank as the right is private. The entire rapid is only about 40 feet long and is completely under the bridge. It is run from right to center. Be careful of pinning possibilities in low water. At certain levels you may be able to use this rapid as a park and play area. Take out is on river left immediately past the rapid unless you want to paddle all the way to Schroon Lake. In that case there are a number of locations to take out at every bridge. Again, the remainder of the river to the lake is flat and has houses along the way. "

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:24 AM   #3
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I did this about 20 years ago. My advice is...DON'T! It's not very runnable as the water goes into its late spring/summer depth and very narrow & scratchy at spring levels.

I remember some rough rapids around the Rt. 9 bridge.

There is a nice section between Exit 29 (Frontier Town) and Schroon Falls. There are some class 2 (approaching 3) rapids in the spring and the course is more or less straight, so it makes for a fun run.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:56 PM   #4
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Is this a fair and accurate description? Or

North of Schroon Lake you can find miles and miles of meandering flatwater. In early spring, when water levels are high, you could put in at the Sharp Bridge State Campground and paddle some twenty miles to the lake (there are a few rapids). For most people, a more doable trip starts just downstream of Schroon Falls. From here, it’s eight miles to the lake and another mile to the takeout in the hamlet of Schroon Lake. Shorter trips are also possible.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:12 PM   #5
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This thread has some info also.
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Old 05-05-2017, 03:47 PM   #6
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Interesting. Any information on the section that goes from Tracy Road to Sharp Bridge campsite?
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Old 05-06-2017, 06:37 PM   #7
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Haven't paddled it but have walked it. It would need high water and still be frustrating in places! There is an old homestead (shown on the 1901 E'Town topo) on the stream's south side that is interesting - .It's perhaps a mile downstream from where the Tracy Road leaves Rt. 9. The old road on the old map is very traceable from Rt. 9 near Deadwater to Tracy Road (patience and the correct season helps). The homestead has a barn foundation with metal runners under downed trees and nearby is the homestead foundation. Needless to say, please leave items in place...A bit further downstream from the homestead the remains of a huge, old dam can be seen (pretty cool...). This dam formed stump pond and the drained remains of this pond can still be seen as one drives along Tracy Road. This area must have been amazing when all the logging dams were still in place! One final note - another old road can be traced on the south eastern side of Deadwater Pond. It goes all the way to the Tracy Road and can be followed but will take several tries as it is harder to trace than its counterpart across Deadwater Pond...This old road is the one that was used to transport the ore to the blast furnace at Deadwater village...
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