Northern New York Waterfalls 

Dodgeville Falls

Directions

This location is on private property and can only be reached by the water.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Fowler
USGS Map: Edwards
Waterway: Oswegatchie River
Latitude: N 44° 17' 55"
Longitude: W 75° 20' 37"
Drop: ~ 6'
Type: Curtain cascade
Region: Off NY 58 between Gouverneur and Edwards
Parking: NA
Trail type: NA
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: Moderate
Accessibility: Private
Name: Common

Edwards Quadrangle

As indicated in the directions side-bar, unless one knows the property owner here, the only access to this waterfall is by water.  The stretch from the hamlet of Edwards to the village of Gouverneur is a fairly popular canoe trip.  There would be several points on this trip where you would have to portage.  This particular location is between the Talcville Dam and the Emeryville Dam.

The falls at Dodgeville would be one such portage for the casual canoeist.  Experienced kayakers would have no problem shooting this.  In fact, we know of inexperienced canoeists who have gone over this drop, not intentially we might note!

This is actually a two-part waterfall.  The river splits around a fairly good size island.  River left is the main drop which has the remains of a dam that at one point existed.  As with many locations in the north country, there was a mill here in the past that got its power from the river.  A map included in the booklet "Town of Fowler Bicentennial History 1807-2007" indicates that there was a sawmill operated by J.E. Holcomb at this location.  The map is dated 1865.  River right is a narrower channel with a collection of slides.

Our thanks to Bill Hill for the pictures of these drops.  He kayaks a number of waterways in this area often.

The Oswegatchie River flows into the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, New York.

As a side note, historical research has indicated that there was once a Butternut Falls somewhere in this area.  Its exact location is unknown but we believe that it was at what is now the Talcville Dam.  Other theories are that Butternut may have been the Dodgeville location or further downstream at Hailesboro.

Last update:  August 25, 2017

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