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.
Higley Flow State Park
Primitive sites along the Upper Impoundment
Five Falls Reservoir
Rainbow Falls Reservoir
Stark Falls Reservoir
Carry Falls Dam
Butternut Ridge Bed & Breakfast