Area Communities



The Village of Canton is the population center of the Town and is an attractive college community with a historic business center, two golf courses, lovely parks and museums. It is home to two excellent universities, St. Lawrence University, a private four-year liberal arts college, and SUNY Canton, which offers two and four year degrees. The Village is also the County Seat of St. Lawrence County, with services on Court St. and the Human Services Building on Route 310.

Brasher Falls

Brasher Falls was traditionally a mill town with several manufacturing operations, harnessing the power of the St. Regis River. The Town of Brasher has been revitalizing its downtown community in the past few years to include a newly constructed town hall, a state of the art municipal sewer system, high speed Internet access. Many new businesses have relocated to the area, to include but not limited to: A full service web development company, several diners and one upscale restaurant/bar, five local pubs; one of which also serves and delivers food, a bed and breakfast, a liquor store, and a full service campground.


The Town of Clifton is comprised of Cranberry Lake, Newton Falls - including Windfall - and a small portion of Star Lake.  The Town itself has much to offer.  Located in the beautiful Adirondacks, the Town is surrounded by rivers, lakes and mountains for your enjoyment.  This also brings many recreational opportunities:  Camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing, hunting, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling and cross country skiing are only a few activities you can enjoy in this area.

The Town of Fine offers the outdoor enthusiast a number of activities, be it spring, summer, fall, or winter. Some of these activities include hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, riding horseback, or ATV's on many of the designated conservation trails.


Gouverneur is the Gateway to St. Lawrence County. And it is the only town of that name in the entire United States, but that's not the only thing that makes Gouverneur very special.

This historic community, was founded in 1805, and is nestled between the foothills of the majestic Adirondack Mountains and the bustling Thousands Islands of the St. Lawrence River. Gouverneur offers the comfort and safety of living in small-town America, knowing you are a short trip away from a wealth of options for work and play.

Twenty miles to the south is Fort Drum, home of the renowned 10th Mountain Infantry Division. Within 40 miles to our north are the academic communities of St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Jefferson Community College and Clarkson University. Gouverneur is centrally located amid a large range of recreational opportunities. Shopping, skiing, hiking, culture - it's all nearby!


Our town's name came from Abijah Hammond, an early land owner, and was formed on March 30, 1827. The first resident of Hammond was William McNeil, who lived at Chippewa Bay. A statue was carved in McNeil's honor and is located outside of the town museum. The first school house was built in 1819-1920, the first church in 1821, and the first post office in 1822.


Overlooking the great St. Lawrence River in northernmost New York State, Massena was the fastest-growing commercial and industrial center in St. Lawrence County during the 20th century. From the development of Alcoa operations in 1902, to the arrival of the St. Lawrence Centre Mall and the wide spread of nearby shopping facilities in the 1980's and 1990's, Massena firmly established itself as St. Lawrence County’s center for commercial, industrial and manufacturing progress throughout the past century, and thus attracting folks to the community from throughout northern New York and southeastern Canada.  In addition to a large base of employment opportunities, Massena offers several tourist attractions such as the St. Lawrence Seaway, St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, the Robert Moses State Park and other recreational facilities.



The City of Ogdensburg is located in St. Lawrence County at the upper left corner of New York State along the beautiful St. Lawrence River. It was founded in 1749 by French Jesuit missionary Abbe Francois Picquet to convert Native Americans to Christianity and turn them against the British. The final battle of the French & Indian War which handed control of North America to Great Britain was fought here. Ogdensburg, a port city on the St. Lawrence river, is home to Frederic Remington Art Museum that focuses on the life and works of the great American Western artist, Frederic Remington.



A Victorian and sandstone setting is the backdrop for Potsdam's modern educational, cultural and scientific centers, medical and shopping facilities, a wide variety of restaurants, local airport and accommodations. Rich in heritage, the community is also on the cutting edge of technology.  Founded in 1806, Potsdam is situated on an abundant and wide band of well-renowned, reddish-orange Potsdam sandstone located north of the Adirondack foothills in central St. Lawrence County. For nearly two centuries as the county's "cultural and educational center," Potsdam is home to Clarkson University, the State University College at Potsdam and one of the state's finest public school systems.



Waddington is a quaint, picturesque community, nestled between the Thousand Island and Adirondack regions of Northern New York.  Situated on the banks of the majestic St. Lawrence River, the Village of Waddington is comprised of beautiful tree-lined streets, with many turn-of-the-century homes. The village is rich in history, and the natural wonder of the St. Lawrence River and is an outdoor recreational haven. 

Recognized as the “World Carp Capital,” Waddington is world-renowned for its abundant carp fishing. Anglers travel from all over the globe to fish the waters of Lake St. Lawrence. In addition to carp, Waddington is a preferred destination for anglers of bass, walleye, pike, muskie, and many more species. Waddington is the host community for numerous tournaments, bringing thousands of happy anglers to the community each year.

The town beach is a favorite spot, with its sandy shore for swimming, and its playground and picnic facilities for families' "day at the beach."  Boating, fishing, water skiing, tubing, sailing, as well as hiking, golfing, and bicycling are among the many activities available in Waddington.  (Chamber)