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.

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MEET THE MOUNTAINS FESTIVAL

January 25th, 2018 Contributed by: tommygunn

NORTHEAST TENNESSEE’S OUTDOOR SHOWCASE To enrich the region’s quality of life, health, and wellbeing by increasing awareness and use of our outdoor recreation resources. WHEN : AUGUST 24-25 WHERE : Basecamp at FOUNDERS PARK – 225 Commerce St, Johnson City, TN 37604 What : MTM Fest aims to showcase all of the natural assets in Northeast Tennessee and encourages residents and visitors to live active lifestyles. This free festival will serve as an annual coming together of the region’s outdoor community.

APE Strokes & Concepts Clinic with Stephen Wright

January 17th, 2018 Contributed by: tommygunn

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your paddling techniques! ( Registration Deadline—Jan 29, 2018 ) Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Kayak Factory Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3 rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, US Freestyle team member 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, & 2017 , was the Pan American Champion in 2011 and was the World Champion for Squirt Boating in 2015. This one evening course is designed for the boater who wants to deal deeper into proper paddling techniques in a kayak.  The clinic will be held at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN.  Course will be limited to 10 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration and payment to reserve your spot ASAP

The Bend Kayakers go to Mexico

January 14th, 2018 Contributed by: tommygunn

 

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