There is something about a waterfall that people find very
positive and enjoyable. It seems
that even small waterfalls are beautiful and the larger ones are
nothing short of spectacular. In addition, the waterfall is
one of Mother Nature's ways of cleaning and aerating our water
This website has become a comprehensive
guide to the waterfalls in Northern New York. It includes all named waterfalls as well as many commonly named
unnamed falls that are on waterways in this region.
Please view our definition
page for an explanation of what we have included. We
would also encourage you to read our page of disclaimers,
precautions and copyright information.
constantly adding new falls and looking for contributors who might
have photographs of waterfalls that we do not have pictures of.
Please read on if you would like to have your pictures published
on this website.
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north country section of Waterfalls of New York State was authored by David J.
Schryver, the owner and manager of this website. This book
has received much acclaim and is available for purchase through this
website. Click on the graphic to order or get more information.
Power dams are very prevalent in northern New York. At many
of these sites, a waterfall still exists at the base of the dam
but at some, the dam replaced the waterfall. There are even
a few situations where a dam was built and the flooding that
resulted covered waterfalls that were upstream. We have
included these for their historical significance.
Rapids are also falling water.
The difference is that rapids are not falling vertically as fast
as they are running horizontally. In fact, according to many
sources, including Webster's Dictionary and the Encyclopedia
Britannica, many of the waterfalls in Northern New York, and in
fact in many places, are actually rapids. We have chosen to include
these as well because they often are also quite impressive and
show the power of nature. In many cases, there are named
rapids that are actually larger than some named falls.
For the most part, only named rapids will be included. Many
rapids carry a name that is not official but was given by the
When visiting any waterfall, please use caution. Although
some sites listed do provide handrail or retaining devices, most
do not. The majority of these waterfalls are in their
natural setting where you will be experiencing the natural beauty
of the region. Your safety should be a primary
To facilitate use of this site, the menu in the banner above lists
waterfalls in three ways:
For each waterfall, a chart is provided which includes a number of items of
pertinent data on the waterfall. A complete breakdown of
that chart is found on our
definition page. A number of pictures are provided for
each site. If there are no pictures of a particular falls, we
just haven't been there yet. If you have original pictures
of a site that we do not yet have pictures of, we graciously
accept photo submissions.
Alphabetically" ... a
separate page that provides an alphabetical list of all Northern New York
- "Listed By County" ... a separate page that
provides an alphabetical
list of falls within the respective county.
- "Listed By River" ... a menu driven list ... the waterways
that contain waterfalls that
flow directly into Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River or Lake Champlain,
as well as the Hudson River are listed alphabetically. Within
each waterway, the falls have been arranged according to their distance from the outlet. Those falls
closest to the outlet are listed first. In the case of those
waterways that don't flow directly into the above four waterways,
they are included with the waterway they feed.
| Many of the included falls
are not on maps. There are, without exaggeration, hundreds
of unnamed waterfalls in northern New York. If anyone
viewing this has anything they feel could contribute to the cause,
please do not hesitate to contact
us. You may submit a waterfall, complete with pictures,
for consideration by completing our Waterfall
Submission Form. All contributions will be credited appropriately.
May 15, 2010