From the hamlet of Russell, at the intersection of CR 24
and Pestle Street, drive south on CR 24.
Immediately after crossing the bridge over the Grass
River, turn left on Blanchard Hill Road. In just
less than 1.5 miles, Burnell Road will be on the right.
This waterfall is on the right side of the bridge 200
feet from the corner.
Park on the roadside.
||N 44o 25' 10"
||W 75o 08' 06"
||Southeast of the hamlet of Russell
|Length of hike:
Another of the hundreds of unnamed falls in St. Lawrence County,
this one is located on Plumb Brook. Since there is a
fairly well known waterfall commonly called Plumb Brook Falls at
the Plumb Brook Fishing Access Area just upstream from here, we
refer to this one as Burnell Road Falls.
From the roadside you are looking over the crest of the
waterfall. Please limit your viewing to that vantage point
since this is located on private property.
Today, it is a
very pretty location. Conversations with town officials
have led us to learn an interesting fact about the history of
this drop. We won't call is man-made, but we will say it
is "man-enhanced". At some point, probably in the early
1990s, the road here washed out. A large sluice-pipe was
installed and when it was, the area around it was built up
resulting in a larger waterfall. We suspect that the
waterfall was already there, but now it is somewhat taller.
This is on our schedule for pictures this spring.
point that should be made is in regard to the waterway here.
Without naming names, one of the larger Internet mapping
programs mis-identifies Plumb Brook as the Grass River.
Plumb Brook enters the Grass River a short distance
downstream from here. That flows into the St. Lawrence River in Massena,
in St. Lawrence County. Be assured, this is Plumb Brook.
Note: Depending upon which map or sign you are using,
the Grass River is sometimes mis-labeled the Grasse.
Officially, it is Grass.
Last update: March 17, 2017