Just north of Malone, CR 23 exits right off US 11.
Signs will indicate that the road goes to Burke. After
crossing the bridge in the hamlet, take the first right
on Depot Street. Look for St. George Catholic Church
on the right and park streetside near it.
||Little Trout River
||N 44° 53' 55"
||W 74° 10' 06"
||Off US 11 north of Malone
||Unpaved parking lot
|Length of hike:
||0.2 mile each way
years, parking was available in the church parking lot. On
our last visit, a sign was promenently displayed noting that for
swimming access, the parking lot was not available.
Swimmers were to park on the street. The sign further
warned that "Violators Will Be Towed". We weren't there to
swim but suspected this warning was for any river access so we
parked in front of the church.
A trailhead at the back of the church parking lot will be obvious.
There is a gate at that point and a sign warning you about the gate!
The trail is well-worn and an easy hike. Our information is that this is a common,
popular swimming area for the locals and access is allowed there.
As you reach the river, there is a series of slides and small
drops that take up close to two to three hundred feet. The
river bed is quite wide and made up of smooth rocks. The last
four pictures in our array are of this slide area.
From here, take a left and follow the river bed/stone bottom
upstream. There is a trail along the shore but you will have
to cross the riverbed at some point because the waterfall is on
the other side of the "island" on your right. We
call it an island because, unlike the channel, it does support foliage.
However, the amount of water in the channel would not make a great
argument that this is actually separated from the mainland.
Every time we have been there, it has been dry enough on this side
that you simply hike up the riverbed.
Continue walking up "river right" until you reach the most
upstream part of the island. At that point you will see
the waterfall and you can easily access the left channel and get
downstream views of the falls.
We found a map that named this the Small Trout River, but most
maps call it the Little Trout River. It flows into the Trout
River and few miles downstream from here. That river continues
through the hamlet of Trout River, which is right on the US/Canada
border. From there it continues north through the Province
of Quebec and empties into the St. Lawrence River.
Updated: August 17, 2017