Northern New York Waterfalls 

Griffin Rapids


There are trails that lead to this area but we don't know at this point whether this stretch can be seen from them.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Fine
USGS Map: Five Ponds
Waterway: Oswegatchie River
Latitude: N 44° 05' 1"
Longitude: W 74° 58' 6"
Drop: NA
Type: Rapids
Region: West of Tupper Lake
Parking: NA
Trail type: NA
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: NA
Accessibility: Unknown
Name: Official

Five Ponds Quadrangle

This is an officially named stretch of rapids on the oswegatchie River about three miles downstream from High Falls.

There is a trail that leads to High Falls that goes very close to Griffin Rapids but we don't know if it is close enough to view.  Topographical maps show this area to be very swampy so we also don't know if you can get off the trail and close enough to see the stretch.  We do know that it is possible to canoe/kayak from Wanakena to High Falls which means you would have to go through here.  Since it is rapids, it would stand to reason that a portage would be necessary, so that would imply that it is passable.  Having said all of that, the topo maps also show that through this entire stretch of over three miles, there are no coordinate lines which would suggest that the region is quite level.  We are continuing to research this.

If anyone has pictures or information on this area, please contact us.

The Raquette River empties into the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York.

Last update:  April 26, 2016

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