Cedar River Flow

Cedar River Flow


Cedar River Flow is an excellent, secluded spot for wilderness paddling. Moose River flows into the area and is restrained by a small dam with a bridge over it, near the camping area. The resulting lake is shallow, but highly scenic, covering more than 640 acres. Paddlers can enjoy watching for a variety of birds.

Getting There

From the intersection of Route 28 and Cedar River Road in Indian Lake, follow Cedar River Road 12 miles. The flow has a rather large meadow parking area near the dam and car top boat access. 

Additional Information

Distances: An 8-mile loop paddle down the flow. 

Family with Young Kids: Up to a 6 hour paddle round-trip. 

Experienced Paddler: Up to a 5 hour paddle round-trip. 

Out of Shape Paddler: Up to a 6 hour paddle round-trip.

Shoreline Fishing: Excellent opportunities from the dam’s bridge and along the shore.


Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far from the main road. Several sites are by the outlet dam. Isolated wilderness sites are located along the shoreline and up the narrow inlet.

Downstream of the dam is Cedar River.

About 40 miles of seasonal dirt roads traverse the Moose River Plains Wild Forest from Cedar River Flow to Inlet. Other old roads and paths branch off the main road and lead to lakes or rivers. The area opens to vehicles in the spring after the mud has receded.


On the Flow, paddlers should see Common Loon, Mallard, Hooded and Common Mergansers, Osprey, Herring Gull, and — both of them noisy birds — Pied-billed Grebe and Common Snipe. Red-tailed Hawks and Common Ravens nest at the northwest of the Flow and are seen using the air currents there.

On the river, it's approximately 3 miles to the lean-to on the right bank of the river. Paddle a little farther before running into beaver dams and small rapids. Along the river are hardwoods on the left and a bog on the right, which provides the chance to see and hear many different birds including Olive-sided Flycatchers, Gray Jays, and Boreal Chickadees. Jays frequent the lean-to, where they find plenty of handouts. Wood warblers are common on the left and Northern Parula and Palm Warblers are sometimes seen.


Designated camping areas are found along several of the main roads. A brochure on the area is available from the DEC.


There is an accessible fishing pier and shoreline fishing area at the dam. A designated accessible parking space is available for each. The accessible campsite at Site 1 is nearby.



From the intersection of Route 28, Route 30, and Cedar River Road in Indian Lake, follow Cedar River Road. Continue for 12.5 miles to the road's end at the small campground and the flow. The river is below the dam.

There are numerous other locations to access the river along Cedar River Road to mix up your experience.   

Shoreline Fishing:

Excellent opportunities all along Cedar River Road and the dam at Cedar River Flow

Boat access:


Insider Information:

This river produces some excellent brown trout but unless you are fishing the deeper pools you should be able to fly fish the rapid and the base of the rapids. The spring of the year is a bit more productive when the water temperatures are cooler.

Fish Species Types:

Brook trout, brown trout

Special Regulations:

Always follow state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional DEC office.

Winter Overview: The winter road is for snowmobiles only and is usually closed until Memorial Day weekend.

Find out more

Read our blog post, Paddling Cedar River Flow.

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