David J. Schryver was a math teacher for 33 years in the Edwards-Knox
Central School District of St. Lawrence County, New York.
After retiring in 2006, he started giving some thought to many
of the waterfalls in the area. As a resident of the town
of Edwards for over 30 years, he knew that there are at least
a dozen named waterfalls within 15 miles or so of his home and
he had never seen any of them. As he started to explore
and research some of them, he discovered that there was very
little information in print on waterfalls in Jefferson, Lewis
and St. Lawrence counties, locally referred to as the tri-counties.
There were a few Internet resources available, but even they
were limited. Also, it was found that some of the information
in print wasn't always completely accurate.
What started as a project involving the waterfalls of the
tri-counties, quickly grew to this website. Initially
a one-man project, it has evolved to include contributions of
one kind or another from many people. I would like to
offer my thanks to all who have helped or are continuing to
help. This list is not by order of importance. All
contributions, big or small, have been important. This
list is simply ordered chronologically, in the order that people
have made contributions, or, more accurately, began to make
contributions. Some of these have made multiple contributions
and continue to offer support.
It is not our intention to slight anyone. We have
made every effort to include everyone who has contributed.
In the event we have overlooked any contributor on this
page, our sincerest apologies.
Marcia Schryver ... I would be remise in not crediting and
thanking my wife for all of her help. She has accompanied
me on most of these hikes and has taken care of things like
making sure we had water, snacks and other needed supplies for
our treks. She helps carry equipment when necessary and
provides an extra set of eyes and memory for those times I don't
take adequate notes!
Keith Ziemba ... Keith is a retired Edwards-Knox music teacher.
We worked together for 17 or 18 years. He is an avid hiker
who is very active in climbing the Adirondack high peaks.
He also shares an affinity for waterfalls and has taken pictures
of them for many years. He has contributed pictures of
several of the falls highlighted on this website.
Dennis Warren ... While trying to photograph the
Twin Falls, located on
the Grasse River's South Branch, it was discovered that the
area was posted. Mr. Warren was the landowner listed on
the signs so we went to his address and explained what we were
doing. He graciously allowed us to access his land to
photograph this region.
Wayne Little ... Wayne is another retired co-worker, having
worked at the Edwards-Knox Central School. He also spent
12 years or so as the caretaker of the Twin Falls Hunting Club
on the Tooley Pond Road in the town of Clare, St. Lawrence County.
This property is the only land route to the
Flat Rock Falls on
the Grasse River South Branch. Still a member of the club,
Mr. Little allowed us access to photograph this area.
Richard Laurin has been a resident of the Adirondack community
of Star Lake for over 45 years. Mr. Laurin is also the
webmaster's brother. He acted as a guide, leading us in
to Chipmunk Falls,
Browns Falls and
Butter Tub Falls,
which are all in that area.
Greg Steiner ... an old high school friend of the webmaster,
Mr. Steiner is now the owner of the Burrville Cider Mill which
is a landmark in the Watertown/Jefferson County area.
The mill is home to Burrville Falls, but there are three other
falls just upstream which are all on private property. Greg
allowed us access through his property and provided us with
the directions to find these three unnamed falls, which we have
dubbed the Jacobs Creek Lower
Falls, Jacobs Creek Middle
Falls and the
Boynton Creek Falls.
Chris Clemons ... the Clemons family owns the land that contains
the Silver Creek Falls.
We thank her for allowing us to take pictures of this gorgeous
section of waterway.
Doug Brown ... Mr. Brown is a farmer in oswego County.
His family owns the land that borders what we have called the
South Sandy Creek Lower
Falls. Not only did he give us permission to go through
his land to photograph this section, when we couldn't find the
area, he led us there! What makes this so very important
was that Mr. Brown wasn't sipping ice tea on his lounge chair
at the time. He was a dairy farmer on his tractor on a
July afternoon. He probably works sunup to sundown but
he still took time out of his day to help us out. That
is the spirit of America.
Andrew ... we know Andrew's last name but since he was a
minor, we won't post it. A young man enjoying his summer
vacation from school at home, he guided us from his home on
the Sandy Creek so that we could find the
Sandy Creek Upper Falls.
Darrell Sweredoski ... Darrell is a retired NYS DEC engineer.
We met through a mutual friend. He is an avid hiker and
shares an affinity for waterfalls and nature in general.
He guided us to a number of waterfalls in Lewis County.
He also introduced us to the next person on this list.
Doug Carlson ... Mr. Carlson is a NYS DEC Biologist.
His life is the waterways of New York State. Between his
work and as a resident of Lewis County, he has a vast knowledge
of the waterways and waterfalls of the area. He guided
us to a number of waterfalls in Lewis County.
Scott Ensminger ... Scott runs the website
which is a survey of waterfalls in western New York. He
has provided information which has led us to some falls otherwise
not known and some other information about the history of a
couple of our area waterfalls.
Edward Smathers ... Ed runs
a website that promotes the nature and waterfalls of New
York State. Ed and his wife Jessica, a professional photographer,
have contributed photographs of several waterfalls in our area.
Eric Morrow ... Eric, a retired professional firefighter,
is a native of Croghan, New York, in Lewis County. His
parents were avid hikers and he grew up exploring the woods
and forests of the north country. He worked for some time
as a forester with the NYS DEC in that area and his family owns
a hunting camp which is very close to a number of falls in that
area. Knowing that county well, Eric served as our guide
on two full days of hiking into eleven waterfalls. He
also provided insight on accessing a number of other falls.
Bill Morrow ... Bill, Eric's father, is an octogenarian native
of Lewis County. Born in Dadville, he spent the majority
of his adult life in Croghan. An avid hiker, he and his
wife enjoyed exploring the backwoods areas of the north country,
and not always on established trails. We picked his brain
to learn of some of the lesser known falls in the area.
Chris Koll ... Chris is a very active member of the whitewater
kayaking community and has written numerous items on the subject.
He has provided us with information on locating the Glen Park
Falls and has detailed the many falls and stretches of rapids
on the lower Moose.
Erik Latremore ... Erik is a Wetlands Biologist with the
NYS DEC in their Watertown office. Raised in eastern Jefferson
County, not far from Lewis or St. Lawrence Counties, he is quite
familiar with the waterways of that area. He has pointed
us to a number of on-line resources that are available for locating
waterways. In addition, he served as our guide to waterfalls
in Jefferson and Lewis Counties.
Daniel Young ... Dan is the station operator at the Kruger
Energy, Northbrook Lyons Falls hydro facility at Kosterville.
We had a nice chat with him and he allowed us access to the
area upstream to view Crystal Falls. Magilla is also at
Jeff Coon ... Jeff owns property on the lower Moose River.
He allowed us access through his land to get to an island just
downstream of the Crystal Falls.
"Rocky" Fawcett ... Rocky lives on the lower Moose
River. He provided us with quite a bit of information
on this area as well as allowing us access to his home to photograph
Steven Marsh is a lover of waterfalls who visits many near
his home in Scotia/Glenville by bicycle. He has visited
well over 50 waterfalls using this mode of transportation and
has contributed pictures of several locations.
Bobbie Yager Sweeting is an avid hiker who loves to visit
waterfall locations. From Camden, New York, she has contributed
pictures and information on many waterfalls. Bobbie demonstrates
something I have been saying for some time. No one knows
the area like the locals! Not only has she contributed
a large quantity of pictures and information on falls we knew
of, she has also made us aware of a number of lesser known falls
in her area that we didn't know about.
Tony Goodwin is Executive Director of the Adirondack Trail
Improvement Society and has provided us with information on
several waterfalls in the central Adirondack region.
Ivan Stanton lives in the northern section of Jefferson County.
A member of his family sold the land to the state that became
I-81 in that area. He gave us directions into the Mullet
Creek Falls area.
Ken Hartmann lives in orchard Park, New York. He has
submitted pictures of the West Jimmy Creek Falls.
Chuck Porter lives in Troy, New York. He has submitted
a picture of Rocky Falls in Essex County.
Tim and Kelly Jantzi are natives and live-long residents
of the Lowville area in Lewis County. They have given
us some information about a number of waterfalls in that area.
Michael Arthur is an avid back-woods hiker and operates the
He has contributed pictures and info on the West Mill Brook
Falls, Beede Brook Falls and Knob Lock Falls.
Alice Galvin, a retired teacher in the Star Lake area, has
submitted photos of High Falls in the town of Fine.
Terry Goodrich, a resident of Brasher Falls NY, has submitted
pictures and information on multiple waterfalls.
Christy Hibsch of Warsaw NY has submitted pictures on multiple
Brian Mcelwain, who administers the Facebook page "Adirondack
Misadventures" has contributed a number of pictures.
John Holmes, of Massena, New York, is an avid hiker who has
sent in many pictures and has become a regular contributor.
A retired law enforcement officer, he has provided us with a
digital copy of the document
Public Navigation Rights in
New York State, which he frequently referred to as an
officer to help both landowners and the public understand a
number of rights.
Larry Jensen, of Depauville, New York, has guided us in to
a number of falls in the Clayton/Depauville/Chaumont area.
Mike Chotkowski, who guides on the Hudson River, has provided
information on accessing a number of sites in that area.
David Jones of Gouverneur, New York is an avid hiker who
has photographed waterfalls for us that he encounters on his
hikes of the high peaks.
Robin Salvatore of Amsterdam, New York has sent us pictures
of waterfalls he has taken.
Tom Schofield and Bud Dier are members of the Clayton Lions'
Club. They provided us with information on three waterfalls
in that area that we had not previously known about.
Dave Barcomb has sent us pictures of oK Slip Falls, taken
since the DEC has acquired this land and provided us with a
link indicating the new trail information. Also, his sharp
eyes picked up on an error we had on our Wood Falls (Clinton
John Haywood is a professional photographer from the Capital
District who has contributed photos and information on several
waterfalls, including some we were unaware of in the Adirondack
heartland. He also maintains the facebook page "Waterfalls
of Upstate New York".
Rebecca Blackmer of Colton, New York in St. Lawrence County,
has provided us with winter shots of Lampsons Falls.
Brad Knapp of Keeseville, New York is the hydro plant operator
at Alice Falls. He is also very involved with the history
in the Keeseville area and has provided us with information
on Alice Falls, Anderson Falls and other locations in that area.
Rita Murtagh of Duanesburg, New York has provided us with
winter pictures of oK Slip Falls.
Stacy Brown is an avid hiker and photographer from Utica, New York.
We would like to add that she is also an explorer!
Several times, she has accepted the challenge of heading
into an area where our details were sparse to locate an
elusive waterfall. She has provided pictures and
information on a number of falls in the southern portion of
our region and elsewhere and has become a very prolific
Joe Lawrence is a native of Burke, New York. Our thanks
to him for clarifying the location of Burke Falls, which we
originally posted as Little Trout River Falls.
Tammey Barney of Massena, New York, has sent us pictures
and trail information on Cascade Lake Falls.
Brandon Washer contacted us on this website about Beaver
Falls in the Watertown area. He put us in contact with
his father, Peter Washer, who introduced us to the owner and
guided us in to the waterfall.
Desiree Sanders of St. Johnsville has provided us with pictures
of High Falls in that area.
Our thanks go out to Marty and Barb Davidson of the Essex
County community of Keeseville. They own the property
containing Buttermilk Falls and graciously guided us to it.
A big thank you to Nick Dow. He lives in the
area of Osceola Falls and not only gave us information on
our first visit there, he also offered to guide us in, an
offer which we took him up on.
Barbara Kelly is a
retired teacher at the Knox Memorial and merged Edwards-Knox
Central School District in St. Lawrence County. She
and her late husband have owned the land surrounding Harts
Falls for decades. She gave us directions into this
waterfall just after signing 33 acres of the area over to a
land trust in September 2015. This waterfall and the
region around it is now "forever wild".
Sara Farr run a greenhouse from their farm in Russell, New
York. They gave us permission to hike through their
land which allows you to access Jacksons Falls. A big
thank-you to them.
Steve Boyce is affiliated with the
Ticonderoga Heritage Museum in Ticonderoga, New York.
We had a nice chat with him and he clarified a number of
things that we were unsure of about the six waterfalls in
Our thanks to Tom Whitmarsh of Russell
NY. A long-time friend of the webmaster, he lives near
the Wallace Mill Falls and the North Russell Falls and
guided us in to both.
Tyler Merriam of Saranac Lake
NY paddles several North Country rivers and has sent us
pictures on several waterfalls. Our thanks to him.