Discover Blake Falls Reservoir

A paddle past the Blake O’Neil campground
3.1 miles, One Direction
Easy, Moderate


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.

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Brookfield Renewable

Brookfield Renewable
200 Liberty Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10281
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Trailhead Information

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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Be a Safe and Respectful Paddler
Paddling conditions will vary according to the weather and season, so always exercise caution and always wear a lifejacket; be prepared to swim and never boat alone. File a float plan with a friend who will check up on you. With good judgment and proper equipment, the risk associated with paddling can be minimized. Respect the natural world and the rights of landowners, and be considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. Paddlers should seek to avoid causing erosion, trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife, and harming water quality.
Colton Hydropower Facility Project
June 15, 2022 – September 30, 2022

Brookfield Renewable U.S. will start an intake rehab project at the Colton Hydropower facility in Colton, NY. Work will begin on Friday July 1st and anticipated to be completed by Saturday September 24th. The closed portion of the trail will encompass areas in the direct vicinity of the Colton intake and dam. This includes the southern entrance to the west riverside trail, the foot bridge crossing the pipeline, and approximately 3,000 feet of the pipeline footpath/canoe carry from the dam traveling north.

Due to weather conditions, the schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device when recreating on or near water. Pay close attention to your surroundings and respect all signage, sirens and barriers.

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