The Raquette River Road more or less parallels
the Raquette River. Starting just east of the
hamlet of South Colton, it runs for several miles.
This site would have been about 3 miles from the beginning
of this road on the South Colton end.
||N 44° 31'
||Off NY 56, just
east of South Colton
|Length of hike:
There are dozens of power dams that now dot the Raquette River
in this section. Many of the dams are at locations of waterfalls
and some of them have replaced the waterfall that used to be there.
This is a slightly different situation.
The fact that there is a reservoir named Five Falls Reservoir
might imply that there were five waterfalls that were in the area
of this reservoir. We worked on that theory for
some time in an attempt to research this to find out
what those five waterfalls were. What we found was that, in fact, there was only one
and it was named Five Falls. In this case, rather than the
dam being built where the waterfall was, this one was built over
2100 feet downstream and the resulting flooding completely covered
The USGS GNIS data base ... the United States Geological Survey
Geographic Names Information System lists Five Falls as a historical
waterfall, so this is very official. The location of the former
waterfall is near the upper end of the Five Falls Reservoir, in
the channel between two good-sized islands that now exist there.
The Raquette River empties into the St. Lawrence River in Massena,
Last update: June 13, 2016