Kamargo Trail/Poor’s Island Trail

On an Island in Black River Village, Along the Black River

Info: Built and maintained by Brookfield Power. Ruins of old paper mill near beginning of the trail as well as the old grinding wheels used in the mill (for more pics of the ruins go to this page), the picnic area is built inside where one of the ruins is. A few picnic tables; one covered, trash can nearby, usually a porta-potty. Dam can be seen at end of the trail.  Real easy trail system, nice views of Black River.  The far end of the island has boat access part of the year.


Directions/Location: From Watertown take Route 3 to Black River, at the light turn left onto Main Street. Before the bridge look for a hidden road called St. Regis Street – Private Way, and also there is a Brown Kamargo Recreation sign. Go down this street and over the bridge, a parking lot is at the end, there is also a parking lot before the bridge.  Off to the left is a small portapotty, right before the bridge.  Note – this road and the trail IS open to the public. There is a gate at the trail to stop motorized vehicles, just go around that and you will find the trails.

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Coordinates/Waypoint(s): N 44 00.603, W 75 47.621 (44.010050,-75.793683) – Beginning of trail/parking lot.

Trail Distance: Around 1.6 miles or so, depending on which trails you take.

Trail Map (see dashed line):

Kamargo Island/Poor's Island, Black River, NY

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Kamargo Island/Poor\'s Island, Black River, NY: 44.007860, -75.790170

Date/Time Open: Dawn to Dusk all year.

Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes

Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes

Cross-Country Skiing: ?

Fishing: Yes.

Pets Allowed: Yes.

Built on Former Railroad Bed: No.

Special Instructions: Watch for lots of Poison Ivy, swift currents in some places. Canoe access also available.

For More Information: Contact Brookfield Power.

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