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Last Updated: 5/2018
STATISTICS
        Skill Level:            Class 1 
        Estimated Time:    1.5 hours
        Distance:               4.0 miles
        USGS Map:  Schaghticoke, NY
 Johnsonville Dam to Valley Falls Dam
 
Description 
        ​This reach of the river has a very slow current most of the year.  There are a couple of drops and narrow sections as described below.  Most paddlers should have little trouble navigating this reach.  The shore is mostly wooded with occasional view of farm land on  the right side.  A railroad track follows the river in the left bank for the last 2/3 of this reach.​​

Johnsonville Dam Portage Mile 13.3 to Mile 13.1
         The portage is approximately a quarter of a mile.  Fortunately it is an easy carry along a quiet road.  Follow River Road toward the dam.  Just as you pass the dam, there is a brown sign that reads “ Hoosic River Canoe Route Launch”.  Follow the trail to the launch below the dam.

Mile 12.9 - Pass under a road through truss bridge.  It may be closed to vehicle traffic.
Mile 12.3 - On river right, the Powamppokonk Creek enters the Hoosic River.
Mile 12.1 - The river narrows and becomes a Class 2 stretch.  It empties into a small pool then becomes narrow again as a Class 2 and ends at about Mile 12.0.
Mile 11.6 - The river drops with Class 1 quick water.
Mile 11.1 - Again the river drops with a short stretch of Class 1 quick water.
Mile 10.2 - Just above an island is a shallow area.  River right is the deeper channel.
Mile 9.5 - As the river turns right, you will see the bridge above the dam in Valley Falls. Keep river right to the portage above the dam barrier.

Valley Falls Dam Portage  Mile 9.3 to Mile 9.1
       The portage is approximately 0.15 miles.  Take-Out on river right above the dam barrier.  Follow the trail up to the grass designated parking.  Follow North Street as it turns left and goes under the bridge.  Climb over the guard rail under the bridge and follow the trail down to the river put-in.
[1] Johnsonville Power Dam Portage - 13.3 (Put-In - 13.1)
Take-Out Position: 42-55.21 N 73-30.34 W
Take-Out Altitude: 342 feet

Put-In Position:      42-55.16 N 73-30.49 W
Put-In  Altitude: 306 feet
Portage Description:
       Take-Out at the small park with a concrete boat ramp.  There is adequate parking. Carry your boat along River Road.  There is very little local traffic to deal with.  The total carry is a little less than 0.2 miles.  As you reach the dam there is a sign indicating the portage trail.  Follow the trail to the Put-In below the dam on a gravel beach.
Nearest Address: 
114 River Road, Johnsonville, NY 12094
Directions ( 8.8 miles, 12 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 8.3, turn right on County Route 111, Johnsonville Road.
  4. Go under the railroad bridge and at mile 8.4, turn right onto River Road. The Johnsonville Volunteer Ambulance is on the corner.
  5. At mile 8.6, pass the Put-In sign and the dam.
  6. At mile 8.8, arrive at the Take-Out parking.  There is plenty of parking on the gravel.  Use this same area to park for the Put-In if you plan to launch below the dam at river mile 13.1.
1. Take-Out: Nice little park with a concrete boat ramp.
A closeup of the dam and portage.
2. Follow the trail signs.  The river drops about 36 feet.
3. Follow this trail and sign to the put in below the dam.
[2] Valley Falls Dam Portage - Miles 9.3 to 9.1
Take-Out Position: 42-54.27 N 73-33.66 W
Put-In Position:      42-54.30 N 73-33.75 W
Boat Take-Out:
Go right on Bunker Hill Road to a signed parking area on the right, in grass. This site has room for only 3 or 4 vehicles.  Follow the trail to the river.
Put-In Launch:
        Roadside parking. Step over the guard rail and follow the trail down to the water directly under the Albany Road Bridge.​
Take-Out Nearest Address: 
           126 Bunker Hill Rd, Valley Falls, NY 12185
Put-In Nearest Address:
           
15 North Street, Valley Falls, NY 12185
Directions ( 11.2 miles, 15 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 11.1, turn right onto  Schaghticoke Road.  Follow this to the end at the stop sign.
  5. At mile 11.2, turn right onto Bunker Hill Road. Follow to the end where there is a grass parking area for 3 to 4 vehicles.  Follow the trail to the river take-out.
    Park on the grass near the take-out area.    
At put in unload and pass your boats over the railing.
Follow this trail to the river.