Local Rivers and Creeks

Catatonk Creek

A small creek in Tioga county NY. It flows south through Spencer, West Candor, Candor,
Hubbardtown, and Catatonk. Catatonk Creek (footnote) ends at its confluence with
Owego Creek just north of Owego.
Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Candor to Owego 1+ 11 miles 3 - 4 hrs very good 46
Trip Description:
With clear water and wooded surroundings, the Catatonk is a pleasant creek to paddle.
first part of the trip is more lively than the end because of the faster current.

After its confluence with Owego Creek, you continue down Owego Creek to the takeout at
Owego just before the Rt. 17C bridge on river left.

You may wish to visit Little Buttermilk Falls whiie you are in the area. Given enough water
to paddle the creek the falls maybe running well. It's off Spaulding Hill Rd.
Map to Falls

In: The best access for Catatonk Creek is to take Rt. 96 North thru Owego and up to Candor.
At Rt. 96 and Rt. 96B go left (by gas station). After about .2 of mile you will go over
a bridge (to the right you can see the park). Just past the bridge turn right into a small park.
Access Map

Out: Exit just before the Rt. 17C bridge at Marvin Park just past Price Chopper and the
fair grounds on Rt. 17C.

For a slightly shorter trip you can exit at the northeast corner of the bridge on Breecher
Hill road.
Access Map

Hazards: Watch for strainers and sweepers extending into the creek.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring (April into May) or after heavy rain.

Gauge: If the gauge at near the mouth of Owego Creek reads between 2.75 and 3.0 feet there is
plenty of water. Note June-04-2006: at 3.25 ft the Catatonk is pushy and has some nice big waves.
It's intermediate level at this level.
Footnote: Catatonk: (Cat'-a-tunk) It is thought that the name is Algonquin (KA-tuh-tunk),
the Iroquois name being quite different. It may mean the principal stream
(Aboriginal Place Names of New York)

Alec Proskine, in his book "No Two Rivers Alike", takes it to mean "Rusty waters"
Native Americans' reference to rust resulting from iron in a spring near the source.

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June 2006, May 2008 Feb. 2010