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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: NA
Type: Dam
Region: Just east of the city of Watertown
Parking: Streetside
Trail type: Concrete sidewalk
Length of hike: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Rutland Center Quadrangle

Although this location is visible from the bridge, there is no parking on it so you will have to park on either side and walk to it.  Having said that, this area is now a dam so there isn't much to see in terms of a 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  We have found on-line historical references to "many falls throughout the city" but the accounts don't specify where the falls are.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 dams at virtually all of them, including 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 a reference in an on-line history of Jefferson County to 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.

Today, there are dams on either side of this island and another drop just below it where the river enters a channel supplying water to the city's electrical power plant.  We suspect that this drop was, or is, Delano's Falls and are pursuing research to substantiate that fact.  If our suspicions are correct, this drop is actually just within the city limits.

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:  February 24, 2017

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