HIGHLIGHTS: Experience the spine tingling thrill of Class I, II, III whitewater rapids on this scenic and challenging stretch of river, best navigated by inner tube enthusiasts. One of the greatest challenges on this trip, is the run through the boiling caldron known as Satan's Kingdom Gorge, characterized by a steep drop into a narrow serpentine chasm with partially submerged boulders positioned midstream.
After this, the river calms a bit, and is punctuated by pitches and pools, wide sections with riffles, narrow sluices with standing waves, smooth ledges and glacial boulders. The steep ledges and cliffs towering over the river and its tree lined banks give a feeling of remoteness. Along the way, look for bald eagles, broad-wing or red-shouldered hawks, black ducks, wood ducks, mallards, great blue herons, and common loons.
PUT IN Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area, Rte. 44, on the New Hartford/Canton line.
TAKE OUT: Just before the Rte. 202 bridge in Canton
Mileage: 2.5 miles 2 to 2.5 hours.