St. Lawrence Fishing Communities - Colton, NY

The hamlets of Colton and South Colton within the Town of Colton cater to the outdoor adventurers and anglers. A few small restaurants and convenience stores offer supplies for a day-long angling adventure whether from the shore or the boat. With several hydro dams on the Raquette River which runs through both of these communities, the fishing on the reservoirs is excellent.

And if you crave a little history, stop at the large rock pull-off at the north end of South Colton. A plaque tells the story of this well known local land mark, which used to discern the boundary between law and lawlessness; the marker between weeks with Sundays and weeks without, as the lumberjack camps didn’t recognize the law, and didn’t break work for Sunday in the early logging days of the Raquette River.

The construction of the hydroelectric dams on the Raquette River created a series of eight reservoirs call the Upper Impoundments. Carry Falls, Stark Falls, Black Falls, Rainbow Falls, Five Falls, South Colton, Higley Flow and Colton Flow reservoirs comprise this 30-mile stretch of river. The reservoirs vary in size from 100 to 3,000 acres, and shorelines vary in appearance from development to wilderness. Walleye are the most sought after species in the impoundments, but smallmouth bass, northern pike and yellow perch are also popular. Other possibilities include tiger muskies, largemouth bass, pumpkinseeds, brown bullheads, rock bass, and fallfish.

Public access and shore fishing are available at each reservoir. Established campgrounds and primitive camping are also available along the Upper Impoundments.

The following recreational areas are owned and maintained Brookfield Power Corp. and are open to the public for free canoeing, fishing, boating and hiking, but a fee is generally charged for camping. Boat launches along the impoundments can be found here.

Campgrounds

Higley Flow State Park
315-262-2880, mid-May – mid-Oct
442 Coldbrook Drive
South Colton
135 RV and tent sites, beach, boat launch, hot showers, interpretive programs, winter recreation building

McNeil Campground
315-262-2640, May 29 - Sept. 4
boating, fishing, swimming, (holders of permits may use supervised area) picnicking
58 camping sites
exit off Route 56 at bridge in South Colton to Power Dam Road

Parmeter Campsite
315-262-2640, May 29 - Sept. 4
boating, fishing
16 camping sites
off Route 56, 10 miles south of South Colton

Primitive sites along the Upper Impoundment

Higley Pond
boat access, fishing and picnicking
south of Colton on Gulf Road, intersection of Route 56 and Route 68

Five Falls Reservoir
boat access, fishing, picnicking
exit off Route 56 at bridge in South Colton to Power Dam Road

Rainbow Falls Reservoir
boat access, fishing, picnicking
exit off Route 56 at bridge in South Colton to Power Dam Road

Stark Falls Reservoir
boating, fishing, picnicking
off Route 56, south of Colton, exit at Joe Indian turn

Carry Falls Dam
boating, fishing, picnicking
off Route 56, exit at Joe Indian turn

Stone Valley
hiking, shoreline fishing
Colton, entire system is 9.7 miles

Lodging

Butternut Ridge Bed & Breakfast
Ziplid Studio
Raquette River Lodge
The Brambles Inn and Gardens
The Clarkson Inn
Northern Family Motel
The Smalling Motel-South
Best Western University Inn
Cascade Inn, Main St., Canton
24 East Main Street B&B
Harvest Moon Inn
Ostrander’s Bed & Breakfast
Misty Meadows Bed & Breakfast