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Northern New York Waterfalls ... New Russia Falls

New Russia Falls


The Simonds Hill Road exits east from US 9 in the hamlet of New Russia.  The waterfall is within sight of the road about 0.2 mile from the intersection.

County: Essex
Town: Elizabethtown
USGS Map: Elizabethtown
Waterway: Boquet River
Latitude: N 44o 09' 47"
Longitude: W 73o 36' 28"
Drop: 6'
Type: Slide
Region: Off US 9 just east of the hamlet of New Russia
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: NA
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: NA
Accessibility: Private
Name: Unnamed

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Our original information noted that Rices Falls was in this area.  On our first visit, we stopped at the post office in the hamlet to ask directions.  The postmaster was not familiar with it so she called someone familiar with the area and asked.  They, likewise, had never heard of it.  When we told her the approximate location, she indicated to us that there was a small waterfall just up a side road, less than a quarter mile from where we were, but she had never heard it referred to as Rices Falls.

We found and photographed this drop, which is basically two slides separated by a small level between them.  It is located just before the river does a horseshoe bend above the bridge. Just before crossing the bridge over the Boquet (pronounced "bow-ket"), the falls will be on the right.  Be advised that the area before the bridge and in front of the falls is private and posted.  Also, on subsequent visits, we discovered that the trees and other foliage has become so thick that, if you didn't know the falls were there, you might not even see them

Because this is near the coordinates we had for Rices Falls, we assumed this was it and posted it as such.  In April 2017, we discovered an old post card labeled "Rices Falls".  There is a dam at that location and even without the dam, it is obvious from the card that this is not Rices Falls.  We have now re-labeled this as New Russia Falls because it is near that hamlet.  This undoubtedly also explains why people in the area had never heard of this one being referred to as Rices Falls!

The Boquet River flows into Lake Champlain near Willsboro, New York.

Latest update:  August 18, 2017

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