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Old Forge Dam

Central Adirondack Trail, State Rt. 28, near Old Forge in Herkimer County

The historic first dam was established by tract owner John Brown in 1798. The dam was taken over by NYS in the 1880s and has been rebuilt several times since.

The dam at Old Forge holds back 6.8 billion gallons of water. This reservoir is managed by the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District. The North branch of the Moose River joins the Middle Branch below the dam. The river then flows past the town of Lyons falls to the Black River. In the late 1800s, the State Water Power Commission made an agreement with Fulton Chain cottage owners and recreational users to maintain the water level during the summer season, an agreement still in effect.

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Old Forge

Closest Byway:Central Adirondack Trail
Distance from Byway:on
Closest Route #:State Rt. 28
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