Northern New York Waterfalls 

Pleasant Creek Falls

Directions

Take US 11 north from Watertown.  The only traffic light on US 11 in this area is at the intersection with Leray Street/CR 46.  Take a left and enter the village.  After the second right there is a building on the right which houses the library/town hall/museum.  The falls are behind this.

County: Jefferson
Town: Le Ray
USGS Map: Black River
Waterway: Pleasant Creek
Latitude: N 44° 05' 19"
Longitude: W 75° 48' 24"
Drop: ~ 18'
Type: Rectangular Block
Region: In the village of Evans Mills
Parking: Street side
Trail type: Cement walkway
Length of hike: 200'
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Black River Quadrangle

Waterfall videoAnother one of the hundreds of falls in northern New York that are unnamed, these falls are located in the village of Evans Mills.  You can park anywhere on the street in this area.  The best view of this waterfall is from behind the municipal building which is on village land.

Many towns with "Mills" in their name were so named from a mill or plant that was built there back when the town was settled.  Often, the falls at that location provided waterpower for the operation.  These falls are nestled under a bridge and can't be seen from a vehicle on the road.  Thousands of people have probably driven right over them without knowing of their existence.  They step down in three drops.  The first drop is just upstream from the side of the bridge.  The other two drops can be seen on the other side of the bridge.  Although technically unnamed, we have also seen these falls referred to as Evans Mills Falls and The Falls at Evans Mills.

The name of this waterfall is now official, having been added to the GNIS data base on November 9, 2017.

An alternative view of this waterfall can be had from the bridge that crosses the creek over them.  Go back up the street and take the first left.  The bridge is about 350' up North Main Street.  Although there is a pathway the parallels the south side of the creek and leads to the side of the falls, it appears that this is on private property.

The last photograph in this display is a copy of an old postcard of these falls.  This came from the collection of Scott A. Ensminger of  falzguy.com and is dated 1911. 

The Pleasant Creek flows into the West Creek in Evans Mills and then enters the Indian River a short distance further downstream.  It continues through Black Lake and then empties into the Oswegatchie River just a few miles upstream from where the Oswegatchie enters the St. Lawrence River.

Last update:  November 14, 2017

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