Northern New York Waterfalls 

Copper Rock Falls

Directions

The north end of the Tooley Pond Road is less than 1000' from the junction of CR 17 and CR 27 in the hamlet of Degrasse.  Proceed northeast on CR 27 and take a right. You will reach Copper Rock Falls in 8.9 miles.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Clare
USGS Map: Tooley Pond
Waterway: Grass River South Branch
Latitude: N 44o 17' 19"
Longitude: W 74o 57' 34"
Drop: ~ 10'
Type: Slide
Region: South of Canton
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.2 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Tooley Pond Quadrangle

Copper Rock Falls is one of eight well-known waterfalls on the South Branch of the Grass River which are fairly easy to access from the Tooley Pond Road.  This road, which has significant lengths that are unpaved, connects CR 27 in the hamlet of Degrasse to NY 3 near Cranberry Lake.  Like many of the falls on this road, it is on DEC maintained state land, accessible to the public.  It is also possible to reach this location from the Route 3 end but our information details access from the north.

This particular falls is 8.9 miles from the Degrasse end.  As you proceed from the Degrasse end toward Cranberry Lake, you will cross a bridge.  Don't be fooled. This is the Grass River and the access to Copper Rock Falls is on your left.  Of the falls on this road, it is the only one on that side of the road.

Copper Rock Falls is on NYS DEC land.  It is a moderate 5 minute walk in on a trail that is not terribly well maintained.  As the trail reaches the river's edge, you will see rapids.  You are almost there.  

One look at these falls and it is obvious how it got its name.  The rocks in its path have large spots of copper coloring.  The water drops in three distinct steps.  That of course, is if you are there in summer or fall.  A trip there in May brings a totally different view.  If you are early enough, parts of the trail might actually be under water and the river here is close to twice as wide as other times of the year.  When the Grass River is helping Mother Nature rid the Adirondacks of the winter snow, the river at this point is high enough that you won't even see the rocks that are present during the rest of the year.  There is an island at this point in the river.  During spring run-off, the volume of water flowing through makes the smaller falls on the back side much more prominent.  Some of these pictures were taken in early May.

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:  September 10, 2015

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