Update from Moose Fest 2019:
Alert! This massive tree has been swept below Folwerville Falls and into the Bottom Moose. We have no idea where it is.
Local Boater knowledge says it’ll probably get stuck above or below funnel, but this could be extremely dangerous in any number of places. Yet another reason to use extreme caution on the Bottom Moose this weekend and until the tree is found.
The Quick n’ Dirty:
The culmination of the kayak races in New York is on the Moose River near Old Forge, NY. Taking place in October it is peak foliage season and definitely drysuit weather! It is one of the most underrated kayaking festivals, as the Moose offers pool-drop style rapids that are marvelously beautiful and unique. This year the water level on the Moose has skyrocketed and is nearing 10ft. This makes the river much more difficult and probably unrunnable for most of the crowd that would normally paddle it. Fortunately, New York has some rivers nearby that are just as amazing. The Independence and the Otter will be good alternatives to those looking to not be terrified by running stout class V.
What you need to know to win the party:
Winning a kayaking race is one thing and impressive in its own right, but winning the party is the real coveted event. In order to win it, you need to be the one up the latest, the one going the hardest, or the one causing the most trouble. The right combination of these three qualities will surely lead to you being crowned king of the party. Now being crowned king of the party does not mean that you are exempt from racing the next day. You need to be an active participant in the official event in order to qualify. Stay safe out there and enjoy the kayaking festivals this fall!