thumbthumbThe Oswegatchie River enters the Saint Lawrence River at the City of Ogdensburg. 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 York. The lower part of the river, between Gouverneur 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 Gouverneur (village) and Cranberry Lake is partially navigable by experienced canoeists. A two mile section from southern Cranberry Lake 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 t (from [www.wikipedia.org](http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswegatchie_River).