Salmon River Falls Unique Area

A scenic 110-foot-high waterfall and picturesque 3,000-foot-long gorge are the outstanding natural attractions of the Salmon River Falls Unique Area in Northern Oswego County. The Salmon River Falls are 19 miles upstream from the mouth of the river where it enters Lake Ontario.

Until the 1860s, the falls were the upstream barrier to fish migration, offering tribes of the Iroquois Nation an abundant fishing ground for harvesting salmon. The salmon runs now end just south of the falls below the dam of the Salmon River Lower Reservoir.

The gorge includes sheer cliffs and steep slopes as high as 120 feet.

Amenities in the area include a parking lot and viewing sites overlooking the falls and gorge. During late winter and early spring spectacular amounts of water flowing over the falls provide amazing views and photography opportunities.