From the intersection of NY 12 and NY 28
in Alder Creek, drive northeast on NY 28 to Forestport.
After crossing the Forestport Reservoir, take a right on
the exit ramp. Continue to merge on the Woodhull Road.
As you go through Forestport Station, take a right on the
Bardwell Mills Road. You will come to a corner where
the Bardwell Mills Road exits right, but you should
continue straight and you will be on the Lake Julia Road. In a
little over 1/2 mile, turn left on the Muthig Road.
This becomes the Roberts Road. You will come to a
sign on the left for the "Black River Public Fishing
Stream". Drive about 1-1/4 miles down this dirt
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There are several things that need to be mentioned about
accessing this location. First of all, just like
topographical maps, this dirt road is not labeled. It will
be on the left a little more than 1/4 mile past the Little Black
Creek Fishing Access Site. There is a NYS DEC sign at
the corner showing that this is the Black River Public Fishing
Next, there is also a sign, or was in April 2013 when we were
there, indicating something to the effect that this road is a Jeep
Trail, Private Road. Since there is an official DEC sign at
the corner and these signs didn't look official, we parked the car
and took a chance. About 1/4 mile down the road, we came to
a house where two men were out front having coffee ... yes,
coffee. They told us that all the land on both sides of the
road was private but that the road was state-owned.
Apparently one of the other land-owners put those signs up.
also said that it was another mile to the waterfall and was
passable in a car. We went back, got the car, and drove
in. At about 1-1/4 mile, we came to a parking area. We
could see the end of the road another few hundred feet in, but it
was quite muddy and narrowing. We would have done it in the
truck, but we decided to park the car.
There were a couple of
trails from this parking loop. We opted for the
right-most. It took us to the river's edge where we followed
it around a bend and found the waterfall. Although this is
one of only two USGS officially named waterfalls in Oneida County,
it is not a very big one, maybe a three foot drop. At the
actual drop, we found DEC trail markers that led us back to the
other trail at the parking loop. It is important to note
that this trail must be on the edge of state land, because trees
adjacent to the trees sporting the DEC markers, held "Private
Property No Trespassing" signs. Also, about 200'
downstream from the waterfall, it appeared that we were looking
over the crest of another drop. Since this was on posted
land, we didn't follow up on it.
Since our trip, the owners of
this land downstream found this entry and contacted us. A
trip is planned to go back there and get some pictures from
The Black River empties into Lake Ontario at the Black River
Bay, just southwest of the village of Dexter.