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New York whitewater, Grass River

St. Lawrence county, Lampsons Falls to Russell section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     7 miles
  The nature scenery of St. Lawrence County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Lampsons Falls to Russell section of Grass River is 7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-V section. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. The starting location is a short drive from Ogdensburg-Massena, there's
    a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Lampsons Falls to Russell stretch is just one of many. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable
for an afternoon trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York are harder than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A good workout and just hanging out  
with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Some nice nature is available in Donnerville State Forest, and during your spree here you'll meet some people from Russell for sure. Higley Flow State Park is a great site to visit. High temperatures at Grass River all through the months of summer are in the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 50's. For the period of the winter highs are ordinarily in the 20's, and overnight lows at Grass River during the winter mostly fall into the 0's. From a rainfall point of view Grass River is a reasonably typical place.

Grass River, Lampsons Falls to Russell road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Grass River.
 Whitewater Near Grass River:
Plumb Brook, St. Lawrence County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (Blanchard Hill Road to Grass River)
Grass River, St. Lawrence County, 3 miles away
      Class II-V - 7 miles long (Lampsons Falls to Russell)
Grass River - North Branch, St. Lawrence County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (Clare Road to Grass River)
Grass River, St. Lawrence County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 6 miles long (Woods Bridge Road to Route 47 below Harrison Creek)
Elm Creek, St. Lawrence County, 7 miles away
      Class -blank- - 6.5 miles long (Fairbanks Corners to Cousintown Road)
Grass River - Lower South Branch, St. Lawrence County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.5 miles long (Twin Falls)
Oswegatchie River - East Branch, St. Lawrence County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Flat Rock to Edwards)
Grass River - Middle Branch, St. Lawrence County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 13.5 miles long (Blue Mountain and Pleasant Lake St to Grass River)
Little River, St. Lawrence County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.2 miles long (Aldrich to Oswegatchie)
Raquette River, St. Lawrence County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 30 miles long (Brown's Bridge to Massena)
 Ski Areas Near Grass River:
McCauley Mountain, New York , 37 miles away, 633 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Snow Ridge, New York , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 22 runs
Woods Valley, New York , 58 miles away, 500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 12 runs
Dry Hill, New York , 61 miles away, 300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 63 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 68 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Camp Fortune - Ste. Marie, Quebec , 74 miles away, 650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
Mont Cascades, Quebec , 77 miles away, 525 foot drop, 17 lifts, 15 runs
Edelweiss, Quebec , 79 miles away, 656 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Vorlage, Quebec , 83 miles away, 467 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Grass River:
Best Western University Inn, Canton , 9 miles away
Comfort Suites Canton, Canton , 9 miles away
Scottish Inns Potsdam, Potsdam , 14 miles away
The Clarkson Inn, Potsdam , 15 miles away
Hampton Inn Potsdam NY, Potsdam , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Grass River:
Higley Flow State Park, Colton, 14 miles away
Streeter Lake, Oswegatchie, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Grass River:
Post Henderson Trail, St. Lawrence , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Grass River:
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome - NY , 64 miles away
Higley Flow State Park, New York , 14 miles away
Coles Creek State Park, New York , 24 miles away
Eel Weir State Park, New York , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Grass River:
St Lawrence University Golf Course, Canton , 9 miles away
Partridge Run Golf & Country Club, Canton , 11 miles away
Sayles John M Memorial Golf Course, Star Lake , 14 miles away

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