Northern New York Waterfalls 

Chasm Falls


We have changed our directions to this location because the last time we were there, the bridge by this waterfall was gone and being reconstructed.  In downtown Malone, from Main Street/US 11, there is a sharp intersection just west of the Salmon River bridge.  As soon as you take this corner, turn left on Duane Street.  This will become CR 25.  In the hamlet of Chasm Falls, continue straight and you will come to the bridge at the top of the hill.  Chasm Falls and the hydro project is on the right.

County: Franklin
Town: Owl's Head
USGS Map: Malone
Waterway: Salmon River
Latitude: N 44° 44' 45"
Longitude: W 74° 13' 23"
Drop: 125'
Type: Slide
Region: Off NY 30 just south of Malone
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: NA
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Private
Name: Common

Malone Quadrangle

Chasm FallsBrookfield Power now operates a hydro-electric facility at Chasm Falls, but there is still a significant waterfall below the dam.  You can get a limited view from the parking area next to the hydro facility, but this entire area, including the roadside downstream is posted.  You can tell as you look down the embankment that it is a long way down.

The river bed through these falls is like one huge boulder.  The water slides down about a 45 degree angle as it drops off at least 50 feet.  Then it goes through a chasm, flume-like section.  As it descends several more steps, it goes through the rocks and an "S" shaped section. 

There is a left turn just past the parking area and the road goes through a series of esses as it goes down the hill.  From an area near the first bend, you can get a fairly good, albeit distant view of the top of the falls.  Continuing down the hill, just beyond the end of the guard rails, you can see the lower section of the falls through the foliage.  Again, these are distant views, but it does show that this area drops significantly through a series of steps and slides over quite a stretch of the river.  Because this entire section is posted, you are not going to get any closer. 

The Salmon River flows north into Canada and then empties into the St. Lawrence River.

Last update:  August 16, 2017

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