Northern New York Waterfalls 
Northern New York Waterfalls ... Rices Falls

Rices Falls


Take NY 9N north from the village of Elizabethtown.  After passing the end of Water Street/CR 10A, but before coming to Lord Road, there is a pull-off on the right.  Park there.

County: Essex
Town: Elizabethtown
USGS Map: Elizabethtown
Waterway: Boquet River
Latitude: N 44o 13' 16"
Longitude: W 73o 36' 49"
Drop: NA
Type: NA
Region: West end of the village of Elizabethtown
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 100'
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Elizabethown Quadrangle

In 2015, we found coordinates for Rices Falls.  They put it on the Boquet River near the hamlet of New Russia.  People we spoke with locally had never heard of Rices Falls but directed us to a small falls near this point. We located that waterfall, photographed it and, assuming this was Rices, posted it as such. 

Unfortunately, we were mislead.  After discovering an old post card of Rices Falls, which was obviously not the location we posted, we went back on the hunt.   Our thanks to Janet Cross, Elizabethtown Town Historian, for setting the record straight.

From the parking area, the falls is less than 100 feet north.  Unfortunately, on the day we were there it started raining quite heavily just before we arrived.  The riverbank here is smooth rock and it was so slick, there was not safe place to take pictures.  Due to the weather, we weren't comfortable launching the drone.  We plan to return for better pictures later this year.

It is not uncommon for more than one waterway to have the same name.  The Branch is somewhat of an unusual name but there are two of them in Northern New York.  In fact, they are both in Essex County. 

The larger The Branch is a bit south of here.  It starts at Elk Lake in the town of North Hudson, flows due south for about five miles and then takes a 90 degree turn to the east.  It enters the Schroon River just south of the hamlet of North Hudson.

This one originates in the region of Tripod and Knob Lock Mountains, both in the town of Keene.  It flows east and enters the Boquet River in the village of Elizabethtown.  This flows into Lake Champlain near Willsboro, New York.

Last update:  April 30, 2017

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