Five Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Blake Falls Reservoirs Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"On the northwestern edge of Adirondack Park, a series of seven reservoirs drowns out Raquette River rapids to provide electric power. What was once a beautiful wilderness river—second longest in the state after the Hudson—succumbed to our continuing thirst for power. Thankfully, Brookfield Power allows public use and provides picnic areas and campgrounds. Small, quiet Five Falls receives little attention. If chaos reigns on the others, then we would paddle here. Where the main body necks down as you paddle around to the right from the access, note the rock formations near shore that extend out into the water, making passage difficult during times of low water. The forested shoreline contains a wide variety of tree species, including both aspen—big-toothed and quaking—paper and yellow birches, red maple, red and white pines, northern white cedar, hemlock, and several others. A relatively open understory contains a large fern population. Habitat type: wooded reservoirs"