Hoosic River Reach 14

Last Updated: 4/2018
Whitewater Schaghticoke Put-In to
                                           Brookfield Power Substation
Description    ​   
      ​This short aggressive reach is not for the faint of heart. In fact, we felt that no one actually traveled this section of the river.  After meeting a kayaker that just ran the section (2 May 2018) we realized it deserved recognition.
      This two miles of almost constant Class 3 rapids with small breaks should be navigated by a whitewater kayak.  An open canoe bagged out may be possible by an expert paddler.  We were warned that the rocks are very sharp in the rapids.  A flipped boat can get stuck and the paddlers can get some cuts and bruises unexpectedly.  We recommend you get some Class 3 plus experience before starting down this stretch.

Skill Level:            Class 3 
Estimated Time:    1 hours
Distance:               1.8 miles
USGS Map:  Schaghticoke, NY
[2] 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 Road, 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.
Above is the power station.  The ride in can make you wonder if you are traveling correctly.  Even if you are unsure on the gravel roads, cross the bridge and follow to the end at this station.
      Use the break in the guard rail 200 yards before the station as your take-out site.  There is a sign indicate daylight hours ownly.
[1]  Whitewater Schaghticoke Put-In - Mile 7.2
Position:   42-53.75 N 73-35.30 W
Boat Launch: 
There is no formal put-in.  Park at the Presbyterian United Church parking lot.  Find your way down the steep bank below the dam.  Be ready for immediate Class 3 rapids and it will continue for 45 minutes.
Nearest Address: 
165 Main St, Schaghticoke, NY 12154