Black Creek

Black Creek is a favorite early spring day trip we visited in 2002, 2012, and 2015.  It is close, flat water, with lots of birds and early skunk cabbage.  It can be tailored into a trip ranging from 2-4 hours.

Black Creek is a tributary of the West Canada Creek which  flows into the south eastern side of Hinckley Reservoir.  We launch where Black Creek crosses Rt. 8 and then paddle downstream roughly 8-10 miles to Grant.  From the intersection of Routes 8 & 12  the launch site is approximately 15.4 miles on Rt. 8; at the intersection of Route 8 (north of Poland), Little Black Creek and Fisher Road.  Look for the bridge that crosses Black Creek.  The GPS coordinates of the launch site are N 43º 17.473′ and W 074º 58.865′  and ending in Grant (43.31727858696287 -75.03872394561769)

Little Black Creek map

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Little Black Creek map II

In 2015 we took an early canoe trip on Black Creek. Usually lots of birds and skunk cabbage; I think we went a little earlier than usual, but it was still a beautiful stream.


The buttress for the old Shawangunk Road/Railroad is separating from the bank more and more every year.  We used to rely on this as our spot to pull out for a snack and stretch our legs.  Now it looks ready to topple into the stream.  The usually copious amounts of skunk cabbage were just emerging from the ground.

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On the stream we were out of the cool breeze, but wore gloves because the water was still cold.  We saw small snow banks alongside the stream.  Kathryn found a nice place for us to land, sit in the sun, out of the wind and enjoy our lunch.


It took us 1 hour from departure to being on the water.  We paddled for 2 hours with a small break and exited at bridge Black Creek road.  There were branches underwater at the take-out and it was a little slippery, but it cut off the last 45-60 minutes of paddling into Grant.