Entering the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, NY is the Oswegatchie River. The main or East Branch of the Oswegatchie River begins in Hamilton county of New York. The Oswegatchie Indian tribe once lived along this river and the name means going or coming around a hill. The word Oswegatchie also means “Black water” in the aboriginal language.
Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pure-Bred Muskies, Channel Catfish, Walleyes, Red Finned Mullets, and Common Carp live in the Oswegatchie River. Between Gouverneur and Ogdensburg, the lower part of the Oswegatchie River, there a some spots to put in a canoe, but much of the land along this stretch of river is privately owned. Between Gouverneur and Cranberry Lake, the middle part of the river, it is partially navigable by experienced canoeists, and a two mile stretch from southern Cranberry Lake to Inlet is unnavigable. From here, the upper part of the Oswegatchie River, it is known as one of the wildest canoeable rivers in the Adirondacks. This upper part of the river also gives access to some of the remotest parts of Adirondack Park.
Oswegatchie River - West Branch offers an opportunity for some paddling between Bisha Falls and Jerden Falls, a streach of about seven miles (Class V+).