Northern New York Waterfalls 

Burts Falls


From the hamlet of Russell, at the intersection of CR 24 and Pestle Street, proceed out Pestle Street.  In one mile, you will come to a small island on your left.  Park on the roadside.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Russell
USGS Map: Hermon
Waterway: Grass River
Latitude: N 44o 26' 03"
Longitude: W 75o 10' 00"
Drop: 8'
Type: Slide
Region: Northwest of the hamlet of Russell
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Roadside
Length of hike: Roadside
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Roadside
Name: Common

Hermon Quadrangle

Waterfall videoAnother of the many unnamed falls on the Grass River, this one is known locally as Burts Falls.  There are falls on both sides of the island.

When we originally posted this page, we referred to this as Birch Falls.  We have subsequently determined that, due to the similarily of the two words, this is a common mistake.

From Pestle Road, you can not view the falls from below.  You are able to see over the top of both of the falls.  Also, please note that once you are off the highway, you are on private property.  Please respect the landowner's rights.  However, if you were to travel from the hamlet on CR 17 on the other side of the river, you will get a much better view.  Again, about one mile from the intersection of CR 24 and CR 17, you will be below the falls and will see both sides of the island.

The Grass River flows into the St. Lawrence River in Massena, in St. Lawrence County.

Note:  Depending upon which map or sign you are using, this river is referred to as either Grasse or Grass.  Officially, it is Grass.

Last update:  March 9, 2017

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