Upper Hudson River and Hudson River Gorge

A whitewater kayaker navigating rapids
A whitewater kayaker navigating rapids


Newcomb, NY 12852

The 12 miles from Newcomb to the Indian River is a beautiful remote stretch (bordered by private land) with Class III rapids at Ord Falls.

Whitewater Paddling

This otherwise inviting section of river leads directly into the turbulent Hudson River Gorge which packs in a series of difficult Class V rapids with powerful hydraulics, souse holes and high, standing waves. These 13 miles are for expert paddlers only.

Several outfitters offer rafting trips through the Gorge. Periodic releases from Indian Lake maintain high water levels through June, and in September and October. Open canoes should not be used here except by experts at mid-summer water levels.

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