Black River, Watertown, NY

blackriver1Welcome to the Black River Region

This is the section of the Black River where the mouth of the River flows into

Lake Ontario near the Village of Dexter NY and upstream to the Village of Carthage. The river drops approximately 480 feet in this 30-mile section creating a rapid flow and a series of whitewater runs and play areas that are famous among whitewater enthusiast.

The whitewater section is more densely populated than other areas as it flows past Carthage, Herrings, Deferiet, Fort Drum, Black River, Watertown, Brownville and Dexter. There are numerous services for tourist such as restaurants, motel/hotels, bed and breakfasts, camping/cabins, and retail shops in the area. The surrounding land use is a mixture of residential, commercial, industrial and limited agriculture.

This section includes the whitewater runs for which the Black River is famous.

The kayak play areas are located in the City of Watertown.

This area is most renowned for being the location of the Blackwater Challenge and the North American Cup Freestyle Kayak Championships.

In 2006, this was the location of the second stop on the World Cup Freestyle Kayak Championships featuring competitors from all over the world. There are also numerous rafting companies that provide guided whitewater trips on the Black River from Watertown to Brownville and Dexter.

Recent News and Info

Lower Watauga River Cleanup

March 23rd, 2017 Contributed by: tommygunn

We have extra canoes for this if anyone wants one just let me or Ruben Creek know.Trout Unlimited’s Overmountain Chapter is conducting the third annual Bill Beazell Memorial Cleanup on March 25, 2017 from 9:00 am to noon. The cleanup is in association with the 1st Annual Tailwater Roundup, an effort by local conservation organizations and fishing-industry participants to improve visitors’ enjoyment and stewardship of our local rivers. Interested participants can meet at: For Bank Cleanup: 9:00AM Watauga River Bluffs State Natural Area ( 3511 Steam Plant Rd, Watauga, TN ).

RedBull Lower Nolichucky Spring Cleaning w/ Dane Jackson

March 15th, 2017 Contributed by: tommygunn

Where : USA Raft – 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN 37650 When : March 18 – 19 Meeting Time: Saturday, 12:00 PM, March 18th Every spring, temperatures warm up and it’s that time again; to clean up your home and all that you love. For Dane Jackson, the Tennessee rivers and waterways have been his home since he first hopped in a boat. Conscious of the trash floating down river and collected at the shores as he paddles, Danes wants to make sure that the water that gave him his life’s passion are clean and usable for the next generation of young kayakers.  Dane Jackson is teaming up with the University of Tennessee Knoxville Outdoor Program and USA Raft to take a group of kayak and outdoor enthusiasts on a two-day trip to clean up the Nolichucky River.

What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2017?

February 21st, 2017 Contributed by: tommygunn

The Jackson Action Wagon’s is in its 11th year of spreading kayaking fun by providing FREE JK demos on the traveling showcase trailer.


 

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