Northern New York Waterfalls 

Jamestown Falls


This waterfall is located off the east side of NY 56, 2.4 miles from where it intersects NY 3 at Sevey Corners.  Just after crossing a small stream, there is a dirt road on the right.  There is a sign on a tree that sits back from the road that identifies it as DEC land. 

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Colton
USGS Map: Childwold
Waterway: Raquette River
Latitude: N 44° 19' 31"
Longitude: W 74° 43' 00"
Drop: 20'
Type: Recangular Cascade
Region: NY 56 between Tupper Lake and Colton
Parking: Unpaved lot 
Trail type: Dirt/grass
Length of hike: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public/state land
Name: Official

Childwold Quadrangle

Waterfall videoTo find this waterfall, it is essential to use your odometer.  As mentioned in the directions side-bar, there is a DEC sign, but it does sit back from the road and is easily missed.  Also, it doesn't mention Jamestown Falls.  Proceed down this road about 0.3 mile and you will come to the river's edge.  There is a parking area and a boat launch.  The falls will be on your right, a few hundred yards upstream.

Please note that the access road is on public land, but much of the property in this area is private and posted.  To get closer to the waterfall, you will have to canoe up the river.  The good news is that access is quick and easy here.

On our June 2017 trip here, we found construction equipment parked and some improvements being made.  The road and parking area have a new dirt surface.  Pressure treated lumber surrounds the parking area and boat launch.  We contacted DEC and were told that "we are doing some extensive work at the Jamestown Falls site that will include an upgraded access road, parking lot, accessible privy and campsite."  This is good news for the camping, boating and waterfalling public!

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

Last update:  June 1, 2017

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