Discover Rainbow Falls Reservoir

Explore Rainbow Falls Reservoir!
3.60 miles, One Direction
Easy, Moderate


Rainbow Falls Reservoir is 666-acres and has nearly 11 miles of shoreline. Geographically, this is a long and narrow stretch of water and is well-sheltered against all but the heaviest winds. This is a very peaceful stretch of water, and the channel leading to the powerhouse is quite scenic.

Nearby hiking trails include the Catamount Mountain Lodge Trail, Higley Flow State Park, and Rainbow Falls. ATV's can also access the County's extensive trail network at the St. Lawrence County Multi-Use Trailhead in South Colton. 

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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 Road. Continue for 0.9 miles and then turn left onto Raquette River Road. Continue for 3.25 miles to Blake Falls Dam Road. Continue for 1.5 miles and parking is on the right on the hill above the power plant. The carry is 0.25 miles downhill past the power plant. The last 0.1 mile is quite rough and difficult.

North- boat launch: From NY-56, turn on to Stark Road. Continue for 0.9 miles and then turn left onto Raquette River Rd. Continue for 6.3 miles and the launch is on the right.

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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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