Caution Urged On The St. Lawrence River

Recreational users of the St. Lawrence river are urged to be extra cautious during the winter season.

During the winter months, The New York Power Authority may need to release water through the Long Sault Dam on very short notice. A spill through the dam will result in rapidly changing river flows and potentially unsafe ice conditions along the South Channel of the river, downstream of the dam. When warnings are issued, members of the public, including those ice fishing on the river or channel, should be alert to rapidly changing ice conditions and should stay off the ice. If that happens a warning siren at the Long Sault Dam will sound just prior to the start of spilling and before any flow changes through the dam. Temporary signage will be posted along various locations near the South Channel to inform the public when water is being released from the Long Sault Dam. Officials say to also be sure to keep back a minimum of 800 ft. from the Long Sault Dam spillway and Robert Moses Power Dam, both on the upstream and downstream side and to always use caution on and near the river. I’m Karen Johnson