Northern New York Waterfalls 

Rossie Falls

Directions

From the south:  take NY 11 north from Watertown.  Just north of the village of Antwerp, your first left is Jefferson CR 24.  Take it to the end where it comes to a "T".  Take a left and you are on Jefferson CR 25.  Shortly, you will cross into St. Lawrence County where the route number changes to SL CR 10.  Almost immediately however, SL CR 3 will be on your left.  This will take you to the hamlet of Rossie.

From the north:  just south of the NY 11 bridge in Gouverneur, take Johnstown Street, which becomes SL CR 12.  This will cross into Jefferson County where the highway becomes Jefferson CR 25 and then back into St. Lawrence County where it becomes SL CR 10.  Almost immediately however, SL CR 3 will be on your left.  This will take you to the hamlet of Rossie.

From the west:  just south of the village of Hammond on NY 37, you will come to SL CR 3.  This will take you to the hamlet of Rossie.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Rossie
USGS Map: Hammond
Waterway: Indian River
Latitude: N 44° 22' 50"
Longitude: W 75° 39' 08"
Drop: ~15'
Type: Rectangular Cascade
Region: Northeast of Gouverneur
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Rossie Quadrangle

Waterfall videoRossie Falls is located in the tiny St. Lawrence County hamlet of Rossie.  Although Rossie is on the Indian River, because of the way that the Oswegatchie River winds around, Rossie's location is somewhat interesting.  If you approach it from the east, you actually have to go through a portion of Jefferson County to get there.  To get to Rossie you need to travel a number of county roads.  Since it is so close to the county line, the directions to get there will sound more involved than the trip will be!  Because they are county roads, the numbers will change when you cross the lines.

Once you are in the hamlet of Rossie, there will be a road with a bridge over the Indian River.  You can't miss it because the end of the bridge is literally at the intersection.  Cross the bridge and the Mill Road will be on your right.  There is a parking area at the edge of the river.  This waterfalls is technically unnamed but is commonly known locally as Rossie Falls.  It drops in two steps, the upper is a small plunge around a couple of good-sized boulders in the river, whereas the second drop is more of a rapids-like slide.

Like many falls locations, there once was a mill of some kind here.  There are remains on both sides of the river of stone structures that are now roof-less and falling in.  What is most interesting about this location is that it is the site of an annual natural event that is right up there with the swallows at Capistrano.  In the first week of April every year, the walleye "run" in Rossie.  Thousands of walleye return to just below the falls to spawn.  If you go during the day, you can see the fish in the water, but the best time for viewing this is after dark with a fairly strong flashlight.  When you shine the light in the water, the eyes of the walleye will glitter like stars.   At most times of the year, you will probably be alone when you visit here.  Just after dark during the walleye run, expect several other vehicles to be there, including one or two NYS DEC officers.  Their presence is to assure that unscrupulous types don't try to net the walleye.

The Indian River continues its flow downstream through Black Lake.  Then it joins the Oswegatchie River which flows to the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg.

Last update:  May 21, 2016

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