Facts About Niagara Falls in New York

Facts About Niagara Falls in New York
Niagara Falls is one of the most iconic natural attractions in America, ranking with places such as the Grand Canyon in its fame. The falls are at the international border between Canada and New York, and therefore are shared between them, but there are some special characteristics of the New York side.


It's little-known that the falls are divided into three distinct parts, separated by islands. Horseshoe Falls is mostly on the Canadian side, with American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls being on the New York side.

American Falls

American Falls is separated from Horseshoe Falls by Goat Island. This part is 950 feet wide and 188 feet from its highest point to the river below.


In 1969, the U.S. Corps of Engineers diverted the river away from American Falls, concerned that erosion was set to gradually turn the falls into a stretch of rapids. It was later decided to allow nature to take its course, and the river and falls were restored.

Bridal Veil Falls

This is the smallest of the three sections, with a width of 56 feet and a drop to the river of 181 feet. It is separated from American Falls by Luna Island.

Hyrdoelectric Power

Niagara Falls is exploited by both the Canadians and Americans for its hydroelectric potential. The American power plant is the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant.


On the New York side, the falls are viewable by boat and from Prospect Point Park and Goat Island Park.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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