From the intersection of NY 12 and NY 28 in Alder Creek,
drive northeast on NY 28 to Forestport. After crossing
the Forestport Reservoir, take a right on the exit ramp.
Continue to merge on the Woodhull Road. As you go
through Forestport Station, take a right on the Bardwell
Mills Road. You will come to a corner where the Bardwell
Mills Road exits right, but you should continue straight
and you will be on the Lake Julia Road. In a little
over 1/2 mile, turn left on the Muthig Road. This
becomes the Roberts Road. You will come to a DEC sign
for the Little Black Creek Fishing Access Area.
||Little Black Creek
||N 43° 23' 18"
||W 75° 06' 48"
||A pair of curtain cascades
||Southeast of Forestport
|Length of hike:
Park in the lot on the left. The waterfall will be
obvious on the upstream side of the bridge as you pass. We
have previously listed this location as public. We have
just received information that, although this is a DEC facility,
the waterfall itself is on private land. Our apologies to
the landowner. Please honor their rights and stay within
the highway right-of-way. In this case, there is no need
to stray from the highway because the falls can be clearly
viewed from the road.
This is a DEC fishing access site and as such, fishing is
allowed on the creek. This is not an uncommon situation in
New York. The DEC has agreements and regulations covering
many streams. On designated waterways, fishing is allowed
and fisher-people are permitted to walk the shores in that
endeavor. However, this agreement doesn't extend to any
This is a step type waterfall with the first drop being a six
to eight foot plunge around a boulder in the river. After
about 30 or so feet, there is another small drop just before the
bridge. Then a set of rapids takes things home as it flows
away from the bridge.
The Little Black Creek flows into the Black River less than
two miles downstream from here. That empties into Lake
Ontario at the Black River Bay, just southwest of the village of
Dexter in Jefferson County.
Last update: October 4, 2017