The Piercefield Flow is a section of the Raquette River that has been flooded due to a hydroelectric dam. Not that this is a bad thing, it makes for some outstanding flatwater paddling and fishing (so don’t forget the pole). In the autumn, it becomes increasingly beautiful as the warm hues reflect off of the water.
With a designated soft-launch site on the southwestern side of The Flow, you will find easy access for up to medium sized motor boats. Adjacent to the launch site you will find a pleasant picnic area and handicap accessible overlook which is also a popular fishing spot. Once you are on the water, make sure to visit the island just off shore for a cool place to relax or paddle upstream to Setting Pole Dam. Please note: do not paddle down-stream; the power dam is located just a bit further down.
How to get there: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Piercefield. Continue for just under 7-mile to the launch area on the left.
Type of launch: Roadside, less than 50 feet, sand and gravel, flat
Type of water: This is a decent sized body of water but it doesn’t tend to get the whitecaps and heavy wind that Raquette Pond gets a bit further east. The flow is sheltered due to its narrow passage, but always pay attention to weather.
As with all bodies of water that allow for motorboats, use caution and be on the lookout.