Local Rivers and Creeks
A moderate size river, heads at Painted Post (Corning) at the confluence of the Tioga
and Cohocton Rivers and flows east through Steuben and Chemung counties, NY.
As it flows east it passes through the towns of Elmira, Chemung, and Waverly before
entering Pennsylvania east of Sayre.
The Chemung (footnote)
ends at its confluence with the Susquehanna
below Athens PA. Map
| Section || Difficulty ||Distance ||Time || Scenery || Page
| Wellsburg to Sayre, PA ||0 - 1 || 14 miles || 4 hrs. || very good || 46
Because of its slow current it is a nice introduction to river paddling for the novice
paddler. The scenery is typical of the area, long ridges covered with deciduous forest.
In: The access is on the north shore across the river from Wellsburg NY at the northeast
side of the bridge at the fisherman's access. Exit Rt. 17/86 at the Wellsburg/Lowman -
exit 58 turn South.
Out: Exit Rt. 17/86 north of Sayre, PA onto Rt. 220 south. Exit right at the first exit off Rt. 220.
Turn right onto Mile Lane Rd, crossing the Chemung river at the bridge. The access is on the left.
Hazards: None reported.
Water Conditions: Runnable Spring and Fall most years or after heavy rain during the Summer.
Gauge: The Chemung, NY gauge should read 3.0 ft. or better.
- Difficulty Class:
- 0 = little or no current (beginners).
- 1 = light current (novice paddlers).
- 2 = fast current with small waves (intermediate paddlers).
- 3 = large waves (experienced paddlers only).
- + = plus rocks and boulders to make it more interesting
- * = strainers are likely to be encountered.
- Page: Refers to page number in DeLorme's New York State Atlas & Gazetteer. 1988
Revisions: Jan. 2005 May 2008 Feb. 2010