Discover Carry Falls Reservoir

The largest of the Raquette River impoundments
TRAIL ACTIVITY
LENGTH
6.0 miles, One Direction
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
TOWN
Colton
SURFACE
Lake/Pond
PETS
Permitted
FEES
No

Description

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.

Nearby hiking trails include Catamount Mountain, Clear Pond. ATV's can also access the County's trail system nearby across route 56 from the reservoir.  

Trail Manager

For more information, contact:

Brookfield Renewable

Brookfield Renewable
200 Liberty Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10281
Newyork@brookfieldrenewable.com
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Trail Tips

Keep Wildlife Wild
Do not feed, follow, approach, or otherwise harass wild animals. Doing so may alter their natural behaviors. Store your food and trash securely and keep your camp tidy to prevent unwanted animal guests.
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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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Safety
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.
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