Northern New York Waterfalls 

High Falls


Just east the village of Star Lake on NY 3, there is a road that leads into the hamlet of Wanakena.  There are several trails here that lead to High Falls.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Fine
USGS Map: Five Ponds
Waterway: Oswegatchie River
Latitude: N 44° 04' 7"
Longitude: W 74° 54' 37"
Drop: 15'
Type: Ribbon cascade
Region: Southeast of Star Lake
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 6+ miles
Difficulty: Difficult
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Five Ponds Quadrangle

At only fifteen feet, High Falls is not that tall a waterfall.  It got its name because it is actually the largest drop on the main branch of the Oswegatchie River.  It is also the most remote of any St. Lawrence County waterfall.  The shortest trail in to it is 6 miles, one-way.  

There are a number of trails leading to it and it is also possible to canoe to the location, but this is such a long paddle that it would require an overnight stay.  This location is about 1300' from the Herkimer County line.

Our thanks to Alice Galvin who lives in this area.  She submitted photos of the waterfall and also told us that they took a boat to Janack's Landing on Cranberry Lake and hiked to High Falls from there.  "It made the trip much shorter and more manageable than hiking all the way from Wanakena."

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

Last update:  April 28, 2016

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