From tributaries to the largest waterways in the state, New York is filled with an amazing variety of rivers. Whether we’re knee deep in the waters or simply enjoying the view from a safe and dry space, all of New York’s residents can fully appreciate what our rivers have to offer. While some of our state’s attractions are better known to the masses, it’s time to take a look at what New York rivers are truly made of!
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1. Ausable River
This 94-mile long beauty runs from the Adirondack Mountains all the way to Lake Champlain! Joining together at Au Sable Forks, this river has both East and West branches providing a variety of views. Famously known for Ausable Chasm, New Yorkers also love this river for its great fishing, white water rafting and more!
2. Genesee River
Don't let this tributary fool you, the Genesee River was the original source of power for the area of Rochester in the early 19th century!
3. Nissequogue River
This small but stunning river comes in at just over 8 miles long! Beautifully flowing into the Long Island Sound, the Nissequogue River is a great place to enjoy a peaceful day of canoeing and kayaking.
4. Sacandaga River
Looking to enjoy an easygoing day in a tube on the river? Or maybe you're trying to crank up the adventure a notch and take on a day of river rafting, either way the Sacandaga River will be perfect for you! Stretching over 60 miles, this northern New York river is guaranteed to leave you with many wonderful memories.
5. Hudson River
Named after the explorer Henry Hudson, this 315-mile long river is one of New York's better-known bodies of water. Enjoyed by many, the Hudson River was even once depicted as "America's Rhine" by Life magazine in 1939! So beautiful!
6. Mohawk River
Nearly 150 miles long, this New York river is the largest tributary to the Hudson River! While in the past this particular river has been desperate for better watershed management, in recent years efforts have been made to help better advocate for the overall ecosystem!
7. Black River
Found on the eastern edge of Lake Ontario lies the gorgeous Black River! Over 120 miles long, this river is one of New York's favorite outdoor stomping grounds! From birdwatching to camping and hiking to skiing, this area is favored by many.
8. Oswego River
A great place to visit if you're looking to enjoy a day of Salmon fishing, the Oswego River is the 2nd largest river to pour into Lake Ontario!
9. Delaware River
Making its way through a handful of states in America, the Delaware River forms boundaries between New York and Pennsylvania!
10. Salmon River
While this may seem hard to wrap your head around and just flat out shocking, the Salmon River is known for being a wonderful source of fishing. Want to take a guess at what type of fish you may find swimming around these waters? Don't hurt your head, it's the salmon fish! Flowing for over 40 miles in Upstate New York, the beautiful Salmon River is a one-of-a-kind sight to see.
11. Moose River
Prepared to take on one of the most intense rafting trips the Northeast has to offer? Then Moose River is just for you! Made up of a North, Middle and South branch, this adventure-provoking river can be found out in Herkimer County!
12. Grasse River
This lovely river is just over 70 miles long.
13. Neversink River
While you may be feeling comforted by the quirky name of this river, its true meaning is "mad river." Yikes! Don't feel intimidated though. This 55-mile long river is an ultimate hang out spot for all of those who enjoy fly fishing!
14. Oswegatchie River
Flowing from the Adirondack Mountains all the way to the Saint Lawrence River, this river is also another amazing spot to enjoy a day of canoeing or kayaking! Over 137 miles long, the Oswegatchie River is made up of a East, West and Middle branch.
15. Susquehanna River
Last but not least, the marvelous Susquehanna River is the longest river draining into the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast. Over 460 miles long, the Susquehanna can also be found flowing through the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland.
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