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Taylorville Section of the Beaver River, NY

Basic Guidelines for all Trips

Opportunities For Beginners:
The outing club offers opportunities to learn and practice paddling throughout the year. From spring through fall, weekly paddling sessions are held on Beebe Lake before the Outing Club meeting each week. Please double-check with the weekly outing club minutes to make sure that paddling is happening this week.

In the winter, we organize several pool session where you can practice whitewater and flatwater skills in the Helen Newman Pool. Fill out our White Water Survey to get advance notification of these. Also check out the Ithaca Kayak Polo group who often meet on Sunday nights in the Helen Newman Pool during the fall, winter, and spring.


For all Trips:
The outing club can provide most of the gear you need for paddling on whitewater or flatwater, including:
  • canoes
  • kayaks
  • paddles
  • sprayskirts
  • PFDs
  • helmets
  • wetsuits
  • sprayjackets
  • neoprene booties

For more information on available gear, please review our complete boating inventory.

On any trip you should bring the following personal gear:

  • bathing suit
  • water
  • sealed snack (e.g. granola bar) that can fit the PFD pocket

For Kayaking:

  • kayak
  • paddle
  • sprayskirt
  • PFDs
  • helmet
  • wetsuit
  • sprayjacket
  • neoprene booties
For Canoeing:
  • canoe
  • paddles
  • PFDs
  • neoprene booties or sandals
Depending on Conditions:
  • sunblock
  • synthetic, silk, or wool layers for warmth; no cotton- it does not insulate when wet
  • extra pair of contacts or glasses for contacts-wearers

Guidelines for Whitewater Trips

White Water Survey:
Please fill out our White Water Survey to help us organize and plan trips. After you have filled it out you will get a link so you can see everyone else on the list and find paddling buddies. You will also get advance notice of pool sessions and river trips.

Paddling opportunities:
  • Come out and paddle on Beebe Lake before the meeting, every Tuesday at 5:30, from April through October. If you are interested in learning to paddle on whitewater, this is a great time to learn and practice different strokes and rolls.
  • Local learning spots include upper Fall Creek and the Cayuga Lake Hole in Lansing. The club periodically runs beginner whitewater trips to these locations.
  • In the winter, we organize several pool session where you can practice whitewater and flatwater skills in the Helen Newman Pool. Fill out our White Water Survey to get advance notification of these.
River guidelines:
  • The whitewater chair maintains a list of people approved to lead club whitewater trips. The list is posted in Japes. All club-members are welcome to lead a whitewater trip if they seek out a co-leader from the list.
  • All trip participants must wear a PFD (personal flotation device) and helmet at all times when on or near the water.
Safety guidelines:
Whitewater kayaking carries a high level of risk if paddlers are not properly acquainted with safe river-running techniques. These safety guidelines are intended as a reference only. They are not meant as a substitute for experience and good instruction.

Guidelines for Flat water and Open water Trips

Where to Go:
  • Local destinations: Beebe Lake, Cayuga Lake, Kayuta Lake, Lamoka-Waneta Lake
  • Regional rivers: TioughniogaRiver, Chenango, Upper Delaware, Upper Susquehanna
  • Within a few hours: 2,000 lakes and ponds in the Adirondack park include St. Regis Canoe Area, Cranberry Lake, Whitney Wilderness Area, Oswegatchie River, Lows Lake, Saranac Lakes, Sacandaga River

Find information about these and other places in the club library or ask the paddling chair(s) for advice.

Camping in New York State:

  • Camping is permitted on most state land managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) so long as you camp at least 150 feet from roads, trails, and bodies of water. Contact DEC for more information about specific routes and they can tell you where camping is permitted.
  • Camping is not permitted in State Parks (this does not apply to the Adirondacks and Catskills where camping is permitted on almost all public land)