From the village of La Fargeville, take CR 13 north.
You will come to a stop sign at CR 3. Take a right
and proceed under the first I-81 overpass (southbound lane).
Park on the roadside just past the guard rails.
||Mullet Creek feeder stream
||N 44° 14' 41"
||W 75° 56' 52"
||Northern Jefferson County
|Length of hike:
All things considered, we won't go as far as to say that this
is a one-of-a-kind waterfall, but it may be. It is certainly
somewhat unique. We know of no other waterfall that is located
between the lanes of an Interstate highway, at least in northern
New York! Specifically, this area is north of Watertown between
the north and southbound lanes of I-81. The waterfall itself
can not usually be seen from the highway. Before spring
blooming, you may get a brief view of it from the south-bound
lane if you know where to look.
The land surrounding this area has been a family farm for at
least three generations. The owner of this specific parcel
sold the land to the state back in the early '60s when the Interstate
was created. Tax maps show that Jefferson County owns this
land so it is public property.
Needless to say, safety, not to mention legality, would be a concern
if one were to try and find this waterfall from the Interstate.
There is a safer approach from Jefferson County Route 3 that goes
under I-81 just north of this location. Simply climb over
the guard rails on the southbound lane side and and walk south,
staying near the bottom of the bank toward the highway.
If you look at a topo map of this area, the waterway containing
this waterfall is technically unnamed. The main channel of
the Mullet Creek has a number of fingers that feed it. In
actuality, the branch that this waterfall is on is a feeder of a
feeder. Local sources tell us, however, that even though it
is common knowledge that this is a feeder, the entire system is
known locally as Mullet Creek. A large number of swamps and wetlands
in this region provide the source of this creek and assures that
this waterfall is flowing during most of the year. The only
times it doesn't flow is when it is frozen.
We estimate this waterfall at 20'. It is a pretty and interesting
site and well worth the trip. We do urge caution when here.
The traffic isn't really an issue because you don't need to get
near the highway. You should, however, remember the old adage
... "leaves of three, let it be." There was foliage
that you have to go through to reach the creek bed that looks suspiciously
like Poison Ivy. It would be advisable to wear long pants.
Again, if you go in the spring, you may beat this.
The Mullet Creek flows into the St. Lawrence River about 3.5
miles from this location. It enters the St. Lawrence just
upstream of the Thousand Islands Bridge. This is the US/Canadian
International Bridge at Collins Landing, between Alexandria Bay
and Clayton. This is a major tourist area and a gem of the
Last update: April 15, 2017