United States New York Indian Lake
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Four days per week, about 800 cubic feet per second of water are released from Abanakee Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The water flows down the Indian River and joins the Hudson River for one of the Northeast's best waterwater experiences. For almost 28 kilometers, the river drops about 10 meters per kilometer, resulting in some nice Class III rapids. The entire route, through Adirondack State Park, is entirely devoid of civilization. No towns, no power lines and just nature (except for one abandoned train bridge across the river near the take-out.)
We used the Adirondack Rafting Co. for our family adventure. Great organization! They put safety first and I didn't worry about our two boys, 11 and 13.
We put in about 10:30 in the morning, just after the start of the daily dam release and stayed on the release "bubble" for about four hours, stopping fo lunch at a tricky put-in called "Carter's landing" in the middle of a rapid.
The Spot transmitter didn't send out as many tracks as I had expected, which may have been due to the steep walls of the gorge and limited sky above the river.