Whitewater kayaking at Stone Valley in Colton during Labor Day Weekend
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:57 am

COLTON -- Summer activities conclude in Colton during Labor Day weekend featuring whitewater kayaking at the Stone Valley section of the Racquette River.

The last two of six releases this summer by Brookfield Renewable Energy take place Saturday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Sept. 1. The largest turnout is expected on Saturday when paddlers will be doing timed runs on the class 5 section of the river which begins just below the dam.

Expert kayakers are expected from eastern United States and Canada for the predictable and challenging conditions at Stone Valley on release days. They start around 10 a.m. when the water is at the full release level. Beforehand spectators will see paddlers hiking the trails to check conditions of the river.

On Saturday and Monday, the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee will have a tent set up and staffed by volunteers at the main trailhead at the end of Riverside Drive just past the fire station. A variety of free information including brochures with maps of the Raquette River and Stone Valley published by Brookfield will be available.

Also DVDs of the Raquette River produced by WPBS, Colton tee shirts and other products will be available to purchase. Nearby, on the west side of the river, the Colton Museum will be with a bathroom available for public use.

During the weekend there are a number of food options near Stone Valley including the Hide Away Café on Gulf Road, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Also food-to-go can be purchased at White’s General Store on State Highway 56 and Kunoco Food Mart at the corner of State Highways 56 and 68.

On Saturday, the Colt’s Pride Booster Club will be selling hotdogs and hamburgers at the Fire Station on Riverside Drive; and the Finish Line Lounge on Main Street will open at 2 p.m.

For more information about upcoming activities, call Scott Muller at 244-9956.