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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