Saranac - 3. High Falls Gorge

Saranac, New York, US


3. High Falls Gorge

Usual Difficulty V+ (for normal flows)

2nd waterfall

2nd waterfall
Photo by adkyaker taken 06/24/08 @ 550ish

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-04273500 400 - 1400 cfs V+ 00h24m 725 cfs (running)

River Description

The High Falls Gorge is a spectacular vertical-walled gorge containing several large waterfalls and a TOTALLY UNRUNNABLE final waterfall.

At this time, little is known about the safety or appeal of running any of the drops in the gorge. One thing is sure, the gorge should only be attempted by teams of expert boaters with shore support and with experience exploring large waterfalls. It is imperative to scout carefully and take out several rapids above the final 60+ foot unrunnable waterfall.

Historically, the Gorge has been illegal to paddle or even scout, but a recent FERC License has lifted this closure.

Be Careful.


Plattsburgh Area Reaches

Ausable (Ausable Chasm)                                       Ausable, E. Branch

Ausable, W. Branch (4. High Falls Gorge)               Ausable, W. Branch (5. The Flume)

Ausable, W. Branch (Section 6)                               Black Brook

Boquet, S. Branch                                                Boquet, N. Branch

Chateaugay                                                             Great Chazy (Chazy Lake to Miner Lake)

Great Chazy (Miner Lake to Mooers)                      Great Chazy, North Branch

Little Black Brook                                                     Little Trout

Marble                                                                    Salmon

Salmon (Lake Champlain)                                        Saranac (Permanent Rapids)

Saranac (1. Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)          Saranac (2. Silver Lake Road to Redford)

Saranac (3. High Falls Gorge)                                 Saranac (Sec. 4)

Styles Brook 

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StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-04-05 22:11:50


Rapid Descriptions

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