Blake falls reservoir is 631 acres and has nearly 18 miles of shoreline. The reservoir is primarily long and narrow, running south to north. This tends to offer calmer waters during windy days as compared to Carry & Stark reservoirs. There is a large bay system to the east of the main channel that has very calm waters and is nice to explore. This section offers good chances of spotting wildlife.
The Blake McNeil campground is located on the left as you paddle downstream. There have been instances where personal watercraft have caused some unpleasant paddling experiences. This is the exception, not the rule- but keep yourself conspicuous and out of the way when you are on waters shared with motorized watercraft. The carry is on the left as you near the caution buoys.
Nearby hiking trails include the system at Higley Flow State Park and Clear Pond. ATV's can also access the County's extensive trail network through the St. Lawrence County Multi-Use Trailhead in South Colton.
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South- hand-carry launch: From NY-56, turn onto Stark Rd and continue for 2 miles. The launch is on the left side of the road, across from the road to the Stark Falls Reservoir launch. The carry is 0.7-miles along an old woods road. A two-wheeled cart is usable on this carry.
North- hand-carry launch: From NY-56, turn onto to Stark Rd and continue for 0.9 miles. Turn left onto Raquette River Road and continue 3.3 miles and turn right onto the Blake Falls Dam Road. Continue 1.5 miles and the parking area is next to the dam. The carry goes around the red gate and reaches the launch in 0.1-miles.
West- Boat launch: From NY-56, turn onto Stark Rd and continue for 0.9 miles. Turn left onto Raquette River Road and continue 3.3 miles and turn right onto the Blake Falls Dam Road. Continue 1.5 miles and the launch will be on the right.
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