The LaChute River is a two-mile waterway in Ticonderoga that connects Lake George to Lake Champlain.
The LaChute drops a total of 230 feet as it flows over several falls. One such waterfall is The Falls of Carillon (French; pronounced carry-on). Ticonderoga, formerly known as Carillon, is also home to Fort Ticonderoga; formerly known as Fort Carillon. Hence, the name of the falls. LaChute Falls is another name for this waterfall.
This waterfall, with the remnants of a dam near its top, stands at an estimated 25-35 feet in height as it spans the river next to Bicentennial Park. There are also four other waterfalls along the LaChute that all played a role in the early industrial life of the town as the power of water was harnessed to power mills and factories. Despite the large role mills played, only one small building remains to date.
To get there: GPS: 43°50.970’N 73°25.230’W – From the traffic circle at Ticonderoga (junction of Montcalm Street & Route 9N/Wicker Street), drive east on Montcalm Street for <0.7 mile and turn left onto Tower Avenue. Drive north for 200 feet and then turn left into a large parking area.
From the parking area, walk east across Tower Avenue. You can either continue straight ahead to an upper, lateral view of the fall, or turn right, walk south to the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum and Visitor Center at the intersection of Montcalm Street and Tower Avenue, and then follow a 0.1-mile-long, paved walkway to a head-on view of the fall from a lower observation point.
Visitors can also follow a river walk, containing a number of historical markers, and learn of historical events that took place in the area.
For more on the history of this area, click here.
For more information on New York State waterfalls, please visit our New York waterfall map.
Location information from Russell Dunn
Closest Geolocated Address: 8 Tower Ave, Ticonderoga, NY 12883, USA
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