From the hamlet of Colton head southeast
on NY 56. The first right after crossing the Raquette
River is the East Higley Road. Near the end
of the road, the road makes a 90 degree turn to the right.
There is a metal gate at that point.
||N 44° 31'
||East of Colton
|Length of hike:
This stretch of the Raquette River, which more or less follows
NY 56 from its start in Sevey, New York, to below Potsdam, is a
major hydro-electric producing area. There are literally dozens
of hydro dams and several major reservoirs. According
to signs at this particular facility, it is owned by Niagara Mohawk,
the utility provider in the region. The signs are somewhat
dated because that company has not existed for several years.
National Grid now serves the area.
Below the dam is Higley Falls. This entire area is privately
owned and not publicly accessible. Our pictures were taken
downstream of this facility where a property owner gave us permission
for access. Having said that, there is very little to see
here. The Higley Dam contains a region of the Raquette River
known as Higley Flow. One of many reservoir areas along the
river, this is a popular residential area, both seasonal and year-round.
It is also the furthest downstream of all the reservoirs in this
area. Before the dams were built, there was a waterfall here.
Now, below the dam, all there is left is a very small drop, perhaps
of four feet or so. It barely qualifies as a waterfall.
The Raquette River empties into the St. Lawrence River in Massena,
Last update: July 26, 2016