Flash Flood Watch / High Water Warning - 9/18/2018

Overnight several inches of rain have fallen across the Catskills, leading to rising streams and rivers across the region. Rain is forecast for the rest of the day, likely keeping these streams and rivers higher than normal. A Flash Flood Watch has been posted for most of the Catskills.

For unbridged trail crossings of streams and rivers, some may be difficult, if not impossible to cross during periods of high water. Plan ahead and have multiple options should your first choice impassable.

Water levels rise and fall quickly in the Catskills in response to rain, so a stream crossing that may have been okay upon starting a trail, may be difficult to impossible to cross when you return. If that is the case, do not attempt to cross the stream. Instead find an alternative route or wait for the stream levels to subside before crossing. 

High water is dangerous. Do not attempt to cross flooding streams and rivers.

In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Check the current National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Hudson Valley Weather provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

The Catskill Interpretive Center now hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current conditions in Mount Tremper, NY.

For More Information: Visit the Catskill Park's visitor center, the Maurice D Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. The Center is open everyday from 9:30 to 4:30, and until 6:30pm on Fridays. Staff and volunteers can provide trail information and updates. The CIC's Gift Shop carries trail mapstrail guides and more for purchase. You may also shop from home at the Catskill Interpretive Center Online Gift Shop. You can all the CIC at 845-688-3369 or email them at info@catskillcenter.org.

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