Northern New York Waterfalls 

Rainbow 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.  The Rainbow Falls Power Dam is on your left a few miles up this road.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Parishville
USGS Map: Rainbow Falls
Waterway: Raquette River
Latitude: N 44° 31' 04"
Longitude: W 74° 49' 18"
Drop: NA
Type: Dam
Region: Off NY 56, just east of South Colton
Parking: NA
Trail type: NA
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: NA
Accessibility: Private
Name: Official

Rainbow Falls Quadrangle

Waterfalls have been classified in many ways.  There are classic falls, curtain falls, ribbon falls and many other terms almost too numerous to mention.  This site is a usetoba waterfall.  That is pronounced "used to be a"!  One of the dozens of power dams that now dot the Raquette River, there is no longer a waterfall here.

We do know that in this case, there once was a waterfall here, but the construction of the dam has totally eliminated it.  It is one of two Rainbow Falls in St. Lawrence County, both of them listed on the USGS GNIS data base.

This facility, which is run by Brookfield Power is a fairly large powerdam, but from a waterfall perspective, there is nothing to see here.  The dam here contains the Rainbow Falls Reservoir which is covers a significant stretch of the river.  This dam, built by the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation was completed in 1956. 

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

Last update:  August 25, 2016

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