Northern New York Waterfalls 

Little Falls


Just east the village of Star Lake on NY 3, there is a road that leads into the hamlet of Wanakena.  From here, a trail leads upstream to Little Falls, or it can be reached by kayak/canoe.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Fine
USGS Map: Five Ponds
Waterway: Oswegatchie River
Latitude: N 44° 07' 38"
Longitude: W 74° 56' 38"
Drop: 10'
Type: Rapids
Region: Southeast of Star Lake
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: NA
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Five Ponds Quadrangle

This is a small waterfall just upstream from the hamlet of Wanakena on the Oswegatchie River.  It can be found using the Moore's Trail, about 1.1 miles west of the South Shore Road bridge in Wanakena.

The information and pictures here were submitted by Bill Hill, a regular contributor to this website.  He was researching the trail for a piece on his blog.  A reference to "Little Falls" was found in the book Man of the Woods by Herbert F. Keith.  On page 17 in the book he states "the river drops some twenty feet, made in two steps". Bill estimates this to be closer to 8 to 10 feet, but time of year affects water flow greatly in this area.  It is very possible that in the spring, the drop would be more prominent than in October, when these pictures were taken.

The Oswegatchie River flows into the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, New York.

Last update:  October 30, 2017

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