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    Niagara River/niagara Falls ON NY Who has done it?

    Want to go for a ride up the niagara river starting at niagara-on the lake. I dont want to go too far up into the rough whitewater, but i want to ride for a ways down the river. How far is it safe/deep enoguh to go for an experienced PWC rider?


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    I have ridden the Niagara from Lake Ontario to up past the power plant. Escorted by a friend who has been there before.

    Busy river, lots of surveillance cameras (it is an international border). As long as you don't get too close to the US shore, and don't interact with US side boats, and obey the rules of the water, there shouldn't be any problems.

    You should not hang around near any of the 'sensitive' installations, like the power plants.

    The river current gets stronger as you go upriver. Near the power plants, the whirlpools can be quite strong and fairly large diameter. You can ride through them, but keep the speed up, and do NOT fall off.

    Every so often one of the tourism jet boats goes roaring through. Watch for them, and stay out of their way.

    Farther up river, there are places where the water is quite turbulent, and in one spot is a more like a horizontal wall of water several feet high, moving sideways.

    It would be more fun if the river wasn't such an intense border situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    I have ridden the Niagara from Lake Ontario to up past the power plant. Escorted by a friend who has been there before.

    Busy river, lots of surveillance cameras (it is an international border). As long as you don't get too close to the US shore, and don't interact with US side boats, and obey the rules of the water, there shouldn't be any problems.

    You should not hang around near any of the 'sensitive' installations, like the power plants.

    The river current gets stronger as you go upriver. Near the power plants, the whirlpools can be quite strong and fairly large diameter. You can ride through them, but keep the speed up, and do NOT fall off.

    Every so often one of the tourism jet boats goes roaring through. Watch for them, and stay out of their way.

    Farther up river, there are places where the water is quite turbulent, and in one spot is a more like a horizontal wall of water several feet high, moving sideways.

    It would be more fun if the river wasn't such an intense border situation.
    How far can you go up the river? Can you actually go as far as the falls where the maid of the mists go?

    What would happen if you do get to close to the American side? Would they send someone after you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempest.runner View Post
    How far can you go up the river?
    Can you actually go as far as the falls where the maid of the mists go?

    What would happen if you do get to close to the American side? Would they send someone after you?
    If you become too 'interesting' to the border guys, they will stop you on the water for a chat.

    My understanding is that almost every boat on the river is tracked in near real time. The hull numbers are monitored.

    "Below the falls and extending for 7 miles (11 km) is the Niagara Gorge. The stretch of 2.25 miles (3.6 km) from Horseshoe Falls is known as the Maid of the Mist Pool. It has a descent of only 5 feet (1.5 m) and is navigable by excursion boats.

    Beyond this, the gorge descends another 93 feet (28 m), flowing northwestward first through the narrow Whirlpool Rapids for 1 mile (1.6 km) to the Whirlpool.

    There the gorge makes a 90° bend to the northeast for 2 miles (3 km) and turns north for another 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to the foot of the Niagara Escarpment at Lewiston, New York. In its final 7 miles, the river flows across a lake plain to Lake Ontario."

    "A few miles downstream from Niagara Fall is the Whirlpool Rapids.

    All the water that goes over the US and Canadian Falls, goes through this narrow gorge. The speed of the water is 35.4 km/h (22 mph) and it's 10.7 meters (35 ft) deep. It's one of the 'Top Ten' most dangerous rapids in the world, rated 6 in a rating system that goes from class 1 to class 6, with extreme currents, extreme drop (52 feet in less than a mile) and extreme volume of water (100,000 cubic feet per second). Boating of any kind is prohibited by law."

    You might want to Recon by riding one of the jet-boats.

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    thanks alot for the good info. I have met guys who have done this ride but not much on details about it. It sounds like its safe to go about 5-7km up the river before the tough rapids begin. I know all about being carefull around american water borders. same situation in st clair river and etc. It would be good to ride with someone from the area.. wonder if anyone on this site is?

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    I did the ride up there many years ago with a group of people. It was a great ride, but I don't remember all the fine details. I was on my 1996 XP and my wife was on her 1995 HX. I have been trying to do another ride up there but I imagine since 9/11 the security is much tighter. I did run low on gas and had to go to a US marina for fuel.

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    Let me know when you want to go as i would be very interested in going

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    I want to go sometime in june.. I will post in advance of what weekend day i want to go.

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    there is a guy named jitees on this site and sea-doo.net who would be very interested in joining you guys up the river... You can not go past the whirlpool corner.. Just before the whirlpool is "Devils Hole" a standing wave that can measure between 6 and 8 feet depending on how much water is being diverted to the hydro dam.. Freestyle guys enjoy it because they get to practice tricks there..

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    If I remember right, there wasn't a whole heck of a lot of room....so maybe it might be good break it down to groups if enough people are interested.

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