Northern New York Waterfalls 

Brasher Falls

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The hamlet of Brasher Falls is located on US 11.  There is only one bridge crossing the St. Regis River in the hamlet and the waterfall is upstream and under this bridge.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Brasher
USGS Map: Brasher Falls
Waterway: St. Regis River
Latitude: N 44° 48' 28"
Longitude: W 74° 46' 20"
Drop: 18'
Type: Rapids
Region: US 11 in the hamlet of Brasher Falls
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: NA
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Brasher Falls Quadrangle

In the area of the bridge over the St. Regis River, there is a narrow island in line with the current.  The bridge here is actually two sections.  A steel girder bridge crosses from the east side of the hamlet to the island and a smaller span carries you across the 50 feet or so channel on the western bank. These rapids occur over a span of about 1500 feet above and below the bridge.  one of the larger drops in the section is close to 1000 feet upstream from the bridge.  The river is close to 250 feet wide at that point and a very short curtain falls covers the entire width at that point.  It is difficult to judge because it is so far away, but it would appear to be only about five feet high.

You can view this entire area from the bridge and there are also a river access from the parking lot of a restaurant/bar on the river bank at the southeast corner of the bridge.  This eatery is located on a side street that is about 300 feet long before it takes a right angle turn away from the river.  At that point, you can see the upper drop but be advised that all of the property along here is private property and in fact is signed as such.  It is apparent that the landowners here grew tired of waterfall "gawkers" and posted signs to dissuade that practice.

From this upper drop to the end of the stretch is a series of rapids and small drops.  About half-way between the upper drop and the bridge is a another drop of about two feet.  Just upstream of the bridge in the main channel, there is a somewhat horseshoe shaped drop.  The volume of water coming through there is significant which makes it look like rapids, but there is a five or six foot plunge there.  Below the bridge, the rapids continue around a bend to river right.

According to Terry Goodrich, a resident of that area, the falls referred to here may also have been at an old dam just upstream from the bridge.  The concrete abutments are still there, but the dam was washed out in a spring run-off in the 1930s.  Mr. Goodrich is also the one who informed us that the pictures we have of what appear to be millstones are actually manhole covers that a previous owner of the restaurant here cast in concrete and put on display!

On the west side of the river, just upstream of the bridge is the remains of an old stone structure, probably a mill that once operated there.  Another concrete foundation is on the shore just upstream of that.

Our application was accepted on June 10, 2017 and this waterfall is now listed on the USGS GNIS.

The St. Regis River flows into the St. Lawrence River almost on the US/Canada border a few miles northeast of Massena, New York.

Last update:  June 27, 2016

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