Local Rivers and Creeks

Chenango River

Description:

A moderate size river that heads in Madison County NY. It flows south through Eaton,
Randallsville, Sherburne, Norwich, Oxford, Brisben, Greene, Chenango Forks, Chenango
Bridge, and Binghanton.

The Chenango River (footnote) ends at its confluence with the Susquehanna River at
Binghamton. Map
Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Sherburne to Norwich 2 - 3* 14 miles 4 hrs. good to poor 48
Trip Description:

Some current in the Sherburne to North Norwich section, with flatwater above Norwich.
Watch for strainers and sweepers in this section of the river, particularly on the river bends.
The only interesting chute in this section was interrupted by a strainer (04-28-2005).

Access:
In: The best access for Chenango river near Sherburne is at the northwest corner of the Rt. 80
bridge on the west side of Sherburne.
Access Map

Out: Exit at the park on the west bank of the river at the Rt. 23 bridge in Norwich.
Rt. 23 passes east to west on the north end of Norwich. Go east to get to the bridge from Rt. 12.
Access Map

Hazards: Numerous sweepers and strainers are currently along or across the river. With piles of
debris along the shore; in some places across the river (04-28-2005). Be very careful
if you paddle this section.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring or late Fall and after heavy rain.

Gauge: Gauge at Sherburne should read at about 2.75+ ft. At 3.65 ft. the river has little 'character'.

Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Norwich to Oxford 1* 11.4 3 hrs. good 48

Trip Description:

A good section to paddle. Strainers and sharp bends with current make it interesting at
the beginning.

Access:
In: Enter at the park on the west bank of the river at the Rt. 23 bridge in Norwich. Rt. 23 passes
east to west on the north end of Norwich. Go east to get to the bridge from Rt. 12.
Access Map

Out: Exit at the Fireman's field in Oxford. Watch for opening on river left, west bank, on just
passing through Oxford. Access Map
at the river bends.

Hazards: Some strainers and sweepers will be encountered at the beginning of the trip.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring to Fall most years or after heavy rain.

Gauge: If the gauge at Greene reads 4.0 ft. it's more then adequate.


Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Oxford to Brisben 0 - 1 11.5 miles 3.5 hrs. good 48
Trip Description:
An easy section to paddle. No hazards except small man-made boulder dam near South Oxford.
You may be able to stop at the dam and surf the wave.
Access:
In: At the Fireman's field in Oxford on the south east end of Oxford, Access Map
Out: Exit on down stream side of bridge, river right on the west shore at Brisben. Access Map

Hazards: One small man-made boulder dam.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring and Fall most years or after heavy rain.

Gauge: If the gauge at Greene reads 4.0 ft. it's more then adequate.

Note: Paddled this section July 25, 2007. It required pick ones way through some low spots.
More trees across the river or into it then previous trips. Gage at Greene
read 2.4 - 2.5 Chenango Forks gage was 3.2 ft and 750 cfs.
With the Greene gauge at 3.25 and the Forks at 3.50 the Chenango it is a better trip.


Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Brisben to Greene 0 - 1 8 miles 2.5 hrs. good 48
Trip Description:
The river is quite flat here with little character at moderate water levels.
Access:
In: Enter on down stream side of bridge, river right on the west shore at Brisben.
Access Map

Out: Exit at the athletic field in Greene directly across from the Page Seed build (with the
huge "Page Seed" painted on it). Access to the field is off North Chenango Street watch for
east going road/driveway (Ball Flats Rd.) by the Church/Nursery School at street number 18A.
North Chenango Streen exits onto Rt. 12 north of Greene and starts off Genesse St (Rt 206)
going north; a left turn if you are driving East on 206.
Access Map

Hazards: 10-26-06: None; the main river channel is wide enough to avoid any trees that may be
in the river.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring and Fall most years or after heavy rain.

Gauge: If the gauge at Greene reads 4.0 ft. it's more then adequate.
10-26-06: at 5.8 ft the river is flat and the current is moving nicely.


Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Greene to Chenango Forks 0 - 1 8 miles 2.5 hrs. good 48
Trip Description:
11-1-06: At 6.2 ft on the Greene gage; 5.6 ft and 5000 cfs on the Chenango Forks
gage the river is wide with little character. But has a good flow at that level
so one can move alone well. No low spots as would be expected during the typical
summer months.

Access:

In: Enter at the athletic field in Greene directly across from the Page Seed build (with the
huge "Page Seed" painted on it). Access to the field is off North Chenango Street watch for
east going road/driveway (Ball Flats Rd.) by the Church/Nursery School at street number 18A.
North Chenango Streen exits onto Rt. 12 north of Greene and starts off Genesse St (Rt 206)
going north; a left turn if you are driving East on 206.
Access Map

Out: Exit at the fishermen's access on the south east end of the Rt. 12 bridge in
Chenango Forks. Access Map

Hazards: none reported.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring to Fall most years or after heavy rain.

Gauge: If the gauge at Greene reads 4.0 ft. it's more then adequate.

footnote: Chenango (also Shenango): The name is said to be
a corruption of the Oneida word "Ochenango" which means "large bull thistles".

Also some say Chenango comes from an Iroquois word, "O chenang," meaning "region
of the bull thistle." Others say Chenango means "beautiful river" or "pleasant stream."

Chenango (or Ostsiningo) was the name for the Onondaga, Nanticoke, Conoy, Tutelo,
and Shawnee settlement area along the Chenango river from the Tioughnioga Forks to
Binghamton. Chenango was called "The southern door of the Iroquois Country."

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Revisions: Feb. 2005, June 2008 Feb. 2010