Discover Colton Flow (Lower Higley)

Explore Colton Flow!
2.10 miles, One Direction


The South Colton Flow is sometimes referred to as Lower Higley Flow. This is the least wild of any of the Raquette River Impoundments. The flow is largely not affected by wind. Waterfowl is very common and many of the birds are used to seeing people on the water. The southern part of this paddle has many “fingers” to explore. The northern part of the flow offers views of part of Colton’s Historic District.

Hiking Trails in the vicinity include Stone Valley Hiking Trails and Glenmeal State Forest in Pierrepont. ATV's can also access the extensive County trail network through the St. Lawrence County Multi-Use Trailhead in South Colton.

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Trailhead Information

South- hand-carry launch: From NY-68 in Colton, turn onto Gulf Road and continue for 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Pine Road and continue for 0.45 miles. Turn left onto an unmarked dirt road. The launch is 600’ ahead. There is a 300’ carry downhill to the left of the powerplant.

West- boat launch: From NY-68 in Colton, turn onto Gulf Road and continue for 0.7 miles. The launch is on the left.

North- hand-carry launch: From NY-56 in Colton, turn onto Main Street. Continue 250 yards and bear right onto Riverside Drive. The launch is on the right, 200 yards ahead.

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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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