Bog River Falls

Just a few miles south of Tupper Lake, you will find a “must visit” location during your Adirondack vacation! In the Horseshoe Wild Forest in the Town of Piercefield, the Bog River pours into the southern tip of Big Tupper Lake via a beautiful set of falls. The upper portion of the waterfall splits around a small island. The bottom and steeper portion of the falls travels under a beautiful stone bridge and then cascades into Big Tupper Lake. 

Year round, this is a beautiful location to visit. On both sides of the falls you will find a series of herd paths allowing you to approach the waterfall from different vantage points. Large flat rocks to the sides of the falls offer the perfect spot to sunbathe or enjoy a picnic lunch.


From the trailhead, there are herd paths that give you access to both sides of the river. Paths lead to the top of the falls and to the shore of Tupper Lake itself. Take in the spectacular picturesque view from the stone bridge as well.

Elevation: 1555 feet

Distance Round Trip: up to 0.2 miles depending on path

Approximate Time Round Trip: up to 10 minutes depending on path

Hiker Recommendation: excellent scenic walk for all family members.


Always choose quiet water upstream, away from the current.


Loons are especially plentiful in this area. Be on the lookout for osprey, ravens, spruce grouse or even a bald eagle.


Elevation: 1,740 feet
Area: 2,845 acres
Shoreline Length: 52.3 miles
Max Depth: 55 feet
Mean Depth: 5.2 feet

DEC hand launch site off Route 421 south of the Village of Tupper Lake. No motors permitted.
Fish Species: Brook trout, largemouth Bass, brown bullhead

This was historically a brook trout fishery, with largemouth bass introduced in the 1980's with great success. Look for the brookies where tributaries enter the lake.

Getting There

From the Village of Tupper Lake, take New York State Route 30 south to County Route 421. Turn right onto Route 421 and travel for .75 miles. At this point you will cross the falls via a bridge and will find a small parking area with room for approximately 6-7 vehicles to your left.