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Oswegatchie River access on Inlet Road
Oswegatchie River Dam, Ogdensburg, from a 1907 postcard
The Oswegatchie River enters the Saint Lawrence Rivermarker at the City of Ogdensburgmarker. Oswegatchie is an Indian name which means going or coming around a hill. An Indian tribe of that name once lived along the river. The East Branch of the Oswegatchie, regarded as the main branch, begins in Hamilton County, New Yorkmarker. The lower part of the river, between Gouverneurmarker and Ogdensburg is slow-moving with some rapids that can be handled by experienced canoeists.

Important fish species include smallmouth bass, northern pike, musky, channel catfish, walleyes, red-finned mullet, and common carp.

The middle section of the river between Gouverneurmarker (village) and Cranberry Lakemarker is partially navigable by experienced canoeists. A two mile section from southern Cranberry Lakemarker to Inlet is unnavigable. From Inlet, the upper Oswegatchie is one of the wildest canoeable rivers in the Adirondacks. The area is rich in history from logging days to the present. The upper river provides access to some of the remotest parts of Adirondack Park. Near the southern edge of St. Lawrence County it goes over High Falls. The source of the Oswegatchie is Partlow Milldam, in Herkimer Countymarker. However there is a 3.5 mile portage at the old historic "Beaverdam" that allows canoeists to travel to Lows Lakemarker and the Bog River. These are all located in the Five Ponds Wilderness Areamarker.

Image:Oswegatchie River near High Rock 5PW.jpg|The upper Oswegatchie R. near High Rock, in DecemberImage:Oswegatchie River.jpg|Oswegatchie River, August, 2008Image:Oswegatchie River near site 28.jpg|Rapids near site 28Image:Oswegatchie River - tannin-stained water.jpg|Oswegatchie water is tannin-stained


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