Higley Flow State Park

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Higley Flow State Park
Higley Flow State Park is located in New York
Higley Flow State Park
Location of Higley Flow State Park within New York State
TypeState park
Location442 Cold Brook Drive
Colton, New York[1]
Nearest cityPotsdam, New York
Coordinates44°29′31″N 74°54′54″W / 44.492°N 74.915°W / 44.492; -74.915Coordinates: 44°29′31″N 74°54′54″W / 44.492°N 74.915°W / 44.492; -74.915
Area1,115 acres (4.51 km2)[2]
Created1936 (1936)[2]
Operated byNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors46,564 (in 2014)[3]
OpenAll year
WebsiteHigley Flow State Park

Higley Flow State Park is a 1,115-acre (4.51 km2) state park located in the township of Colton in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States.[4] The park is located on Higley Flow and Warm Creek Flow,[5] both of which were formed by the impoundment of the Raquette River.

Park description[edit]

Higley Flow State Park offers a sandy beach on Higley Flow with shower facilities and a lifeguard, picnic tables and pavilions, a playground, hiking, a nature trail, recreation programs, a boat launch, fishing, a campground with tent and trailer sites, and seasonal deer hunting.[6][7] In the winter, volunteers help convert and maintain over 10 miles (16 km) of trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.[8]

The Higley Trails Lodge opened in January 2014 after being constructed using a $60,000 grant from the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. The building includes a large gathering space and heated bathrooms.[9]

A severe ice storm in December 2013 forced the temporary closure of the park while crews removed downed limbs, trees and debris. A similar, slightly more damaging storm also impacted the park in 1998.[9]

Friends of Higley Flow State Park[edit]

A not-for-profit organization, the Friends of Higley Flow State Park provides public awareness regarding the park and its activities. The Friends organization sponsors a variety of events including the Rod Thomas Memorial Higley Hustle Ski Races.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Higley Flow State Park - Getting There". Parks.ny.gov. NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b State Park Acquisition Record and Document Review (PDF) (Report). NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. May 10, 2010. p. 11. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Higley Flow State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Higley Flow State Park Trail Map" (PDF). Parks.ny.gov. NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Higley Flow State Park". Parks.ny.gov. NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Higley Flow State Park Amenities and Activities". Parks.ny.gov. NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Over 50 people help ready trails for winter at Higley Flow State Park in Colton". North Country Now. November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Barbosa, Victor (March 10, 2014). "Higley Flow State Park cleanup near completion 11 weeks after December ice storm". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Friends of Higley Flow State Park announce two Colton Winterfest events". Watertown Daily Times. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2018.

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