Discover Carry Falls Reservoir

The largest of the Raquette River impoundments
6.0 miles, One Direction


At 3,074 acres, Carry Falls Reservoir is the largest impoundments on the Raquette River. The river flows to the north from the Hollywood Road launch. The water levels fluctuate greatly over the course of the year. Low water levels expose many large rock formations along the way. Water level influences the strength of the flow.

The route is fairly sheltered from the winds for the first 4 miles. At that point, the flow opens up to the west near Catamount Mountain. This section can produce strong west winds that will cause heavy waves running at right angles to your route. Paddlers should be experienced in these conditions before venturing into this section of the reservoir.

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Brookfield Renewable

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

South- boat launch: The southern launch is located at the end of Hollywood Road in Colton. From NY-56, follow Hollywood Road  0.7 miles to the launch at the campground.

North, boat launch: The northern launch is located on Carry Falls Rd in Colton. From NY-56, turn onto Stark Road and continue for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Carry Falls Road and continue 1.6 miles to the launch.

West, hand-carry launch: On NY-56 in South Colton, continue 0.4 miles past the Catamount Lodge. The carry is on a dirt road on the left. From the parking area, it is a 500’ carry of medium difficulty.

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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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