Northern New York Waterfalls 

Gain Twist Falls


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 4.4 miles from the beginning of this road on the South Colton end.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Parishville
USGS Map: Rainbow Falls
Waterway: Raquette River
Latitude: N 44° 30' 50"
Longitude: W 74° 49' 03"
Drop: NA
Type: Historical
Region: Off NY 56, just east of South Colton
Parking: NA
Trail type: NA
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: NA
Accessibility: NA
Name: Official

Rainbow Falls Quadrangle

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 United States Geological Survey (USGS) Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) lists Gain Twist Falls as a historical waterfall.  The location of the former waterfall is near the lower end of the Rainbow Falls Reservoir.  This reservoir is over 2.7 miles long.  Gain Twist Falls was only about 1200 feet upstream from where the Rainbow Falls Dam was constructed.  Its location is in the middle of the "lake" that was created by the flooding in the 1950s when these dams were built.

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

Last update:  June 13, 2016

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