Moodna Creek is a beautiful, fun whitewater run barely an hour out of New York City that holds well and can be run at a wide range of levels; creeky at lower levels, avoidable big holes at higher levels.
At all but the lowest levels starting above the class 3 section makes for a nice length run and allows intermediate paddlers to warm up rather then jump into the harder parts. This also allows coordinators to gauge the skills of unfamiliar paddlers before hitting the harder stuff.
River Classification *III , IV
Nearest City and State * Cornwall NY
Minimum Water Flow Level No gauge. Rapids at beginning and end of run are good benchmarks. Croton above 2.7′ is probably the most correlated gauge, but many use the Ramapo at Suffernt above 350.
Maximum Water Flow Level No gauge, though the nearby Ramapo River gauge at Suffern is more closely correlated at higher levels, so Moodna would not normally be run when Ramapo is in flood, above 3000 cfs. The V shaped channel of most of the river makes running at higher waters relatively safe as holes in the center of the river can be avoided. Moodna also has some cso issues (combined sewage overflow) so best to run other, less seldom run stuff during flood.
Description * This River is listed on the American Whitewater site at https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/view/river-detail/1350/main. Class III,IV section begins at the Rt. 94 bridge. 2181 NY-32, New Windsor, NY 12553 and ends at the Forge Hill Rd. Bridge, 169 Forge Hill Rd., Cornwall NY.
Class 2 sections above and below are commonly run, putting in on at the Pleasant Hill Road Bridge near 45 Pleasant Hill Rd, New Windsor, NY and taking out at the 9W bridge at 2893 Rte 9W, New Windsor.
Medical Emergencies *Saint Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is within 1 1/4 mile of the entire run.
Montefiore St. Luke’s Hospital, 70 Dubois St, Newburgh, NY 12550 has a 24 hour emergency room and if 4 miles north of the pullout.
Evacuation Plan *The first 2 rapids including the class 4 Teeth Rapid have good access to Route 94 (though thru private property). The Teeth also has access to Mill St. on river right. The next few rapids including the class 3 factory has access via private property in the paved remains of the old carpet factory on river right. All subsequent rapids have 4 wheel drive access via an old rail-bed on river right. Cell phone service is excellent, and Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corps is at 1 Clinton Street Cornwall, NY 12518, within 2 miles of the entire run. Dial 911 in an emergency.
For the class 2 section above and below the harder part, 94 parallels the upper section and Forge Hill Road parallels the lower section.