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Hoosic River Reach 15

Last Updated: 11/2017
STATISTICS

Skill Level:            Class 1 - Class 2 
Estimated Time:    2 hours
Distance:               5.4 miles
USGS Map:  Schaghticoke, NY and Mechanicville, NY
Brookfield Power Substation to Park
 
Description 
        ​Class 1 and Class 2 with high banks and impressive scenery reward paddlers early on this reach. 

Mile 4.5 - A short drop of Class 2 water (Class 1 in summer).  Then the river is flat with an occasional Class 1 quick water.

Mile 3.3 - Tomhannock Creek enters on river left.
      The river slows its course, flowing through open farm fields and winding between gravel bars. The Hoosic becomes wide and shallow here, and may be hard to navigate in low water.
Mile 0.0 - The mouth of the river.

Take-Out at the Hudson River
         Pass a navigation light on your right then paddle the 0.3 miles towards the Champlain Canal’s Lock Four.  Take out on the grass just before the quay and lock.
           The alternative suggestion is as follows.  The waters of the Champlain Canal’s Lock Four join those of the Hoosic at an easily seen shale-y point on river right (#17), the terminus of a path leading from Lock Four State Park to the river. The path is the most frequently used take-out route here. After a short haul uphill from the river, it levels out for an easy ten-minute carry to the parking area. The oak woods on this point shelter a variety of native woodland plants, some of them uncommon.

Brookfield Power Substation Put-In - 5.4 
Position:  42-53.93 N 73-36.00 W
Boat Launch:
Park at the designated area at the Power Station.  Carry your  boat to the water.
Nearest Address: 
47 Powerhouse Rd, Schaghticoke, NY 12154
Put-In Directions ( 14.3 miles, 23 minutes)
From the intersection of Route 22 and Route 67 in NY State.  There is a flashing yellow light and Bensons Family Restaurant is on the corner.
  1. Head west on Route 67 toward Eagle Bridge.
  2. At mile 0.8, cross the river on a metal bridge. Continue on Route 67 West.
  3. At mile 11.0, cross the Hoosic River in Valley Falls. Stay on Route 67 West.
  4. At mile 12.3, turn left onto Main Street in Schaghticoke.
  5. Pass over the Hoosic River.
  6. At mile 13.4, turn right onto Chestnut Street.
  7. At mile 13.5, make a slight left onto Powerhouse Road.
  8. At mile 13.7, Powerhouse Road makes a sharp left.
  9. At mile 14.1, cross over river on a beautiful bridge.
  10. At mile 14.3, Arrive at the end of the road at the Brookfield Power substation.  There is a sign for parking. It's limited parking, 3 to 4 vehicles.
Champlain Lock Four Take-Out - 0.0 (0.3 mile to lock from mouth)
Position: 42-55.85 N 73-39.35 W
Boat Launch:
Paddle to the end of the quay down stream of the lock on the grass.
Take-Out Nearest Address: 
947 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154
Directions ( 17.2 miles, 23 minutes)
From the intersection of Route 22 and Route 67 in NY State.  There is a flashing yellow light and Bensons Family Restaurant is on the corner.
  1. Head west on Route 67 toward Eagle Bridge.
  2. At mile 0.8, cross the river on a metal bridge. Continue on Route 67 West.
  3. At mile 11.0, cross the Hoosic River in Valley Falls. Stay on Route 67 West.
  4. At mile 12.3, at the stop light, continue straight onto Stillwater Bridge Road, county Route 125.
  5. At mile 16.7, turn left onto Canal Road.  This is just before the Stillwater Bridge crosses the Hudson River.
  6. At mile 17.2 arrive at Lock Four parking area on your right.