This rapids at downtown Watertown is the first challenge on any Black River rafting trip. When we went a few years ago there were several kayakers playing at this spot. Our raft leader demonstrated that even a raft can surf, ferrying sideways and balancing in the disturbance right at the foot of the falls shown here.
That July day was cool but the water was warm, and we swam and were able to enjoy the gorge of the Black River all the way out to around Dexter. The river is swift and there is enough white water to be interesting for thrill seekers. The gorge is very beautiful and deep; often the walls are vertical.
Stillwater's Beaver River, along with the Moose River, flows into the Black, and all that Adirondack water proceeds to Lake Ontario.