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Northern New York Waterfalls ... Delano Falls

Delano Falls


On Eastern Boulevard/NY 3 at the eastern edge of the city of Watertown, Delano Island is in view upstream of the bridge over the Black River.  This drop is located here.

County: Jefferson
Town: Pamelia/Rutland/City of Watertown
USGS Map: Rutland Center
Waterway: Black River
Latitude: N 43° 58' 34"
Longitude: W 75° 52' 23"
Drop: 8'
Type: Dam
Region: Just east of the city of Watertown
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Rutland Center Quadrangle

This is somewhat of a historical waterfall.  The city of Watertown got its name from the significant sources of power from the Black River.  We have found on-line historical references to "many falls throughout the city" but the accounts don't specify where the falls are.  Today, there are four dams in the city, three at islands and the fourth at Great Falls, the only known waterfall in the city.  We have often suspected that many of these drops were waterfalls and are constantly looking for references to, or pictures of them.

We recently found an on-line history of Jefferson County that mentioned Delano, or Delano's, Falls.  This account didn't specify where the waterfall was, but Delano Island is located just outside the eastern boundary of the city and is one of many islands in the Black River within or near the city of Watertown.  Part of this area is within the city limits and some of it is outside.

There is a dirt access road here at the southeast corner of the Eastern Boulevard and Huntington Street intersection.  You can access the river bank from this lot.  Unfortunately, the only pedestrian walkway over the bridge is on the downstream side so you can't view the drop from there

That really isn't a major factor because today there are dams on either side of this island and another drop just below it where the river enters a channel.  The river is split into three parts here.  River right channels water to the city's electrical power plant.  River left supplies water to the city's filtration plant where drinking water is treated.  The center section is the remaining flow that is sent downstream on the Black River.  We suspect that this area was where Delano Falls was. 

We are also working on relocating those on-line sources to properly credit them.  We literally stumbled upon them while looking for something else and didn't take adequate notes. 

The Black River empties into Lake Ontario at the Black River Bay, just southwest of the village of Dexter.

Last update:  April 15, 2017

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