Niagara River Gorge


Niagara River Gorge

I finally broke free, stretched my legs a bit, and ventured out to the lower Niagara River Gorge. After brew pubs, and Ted’s Hot Dogs, I needed to wear off some calories.


The Whirlpool on the Niagara River

I stopped by Devil’s Hole State Park, which historically, was an important portage around The Falls & rapids of the Niagara River. A 6.4 mile trail loops between Devil’s Hole and Whirlpool State Park. The trail runs the rim of the gorge, overlooking the river, but another route runs along the river’s bank. I did the two trails in a loop. To get to the trail along the riverbank, one has to venture down a series of rock stairs. I’m not sure when they were built, but the park was formed in 1924, and they look original to the park. Not that I’m complaining, the more rustic the better, in my opinion.

At any given time, only 25-50% of the water that should be flowing through the gorge and over the falls, actually does so. The rest is syphoned off for hydroelectric power. The romantic in me would love to see The Falls and The Gorge with full power. Just for a day. Or two…

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One response to “Niagara River Gorge

  • Larry Janicsek

    I agree full power would be AWESOME but probably very destructive. If they ever tried it, it would be a photographers dream. I believe at least one hydro station on each side ( USA and Canadian ) is reversible– operating as a generator when the most electricity ( Peak time ) is need and when much less electricity is needed the generator is reversed ( actually becoming an electric motor ) to pump the water back up to the reservoirs to be used the next day when peak usage is again needed. Waukesha Bearings ( where I worked for 7 years– pre my 33 years at Minco ) manufactured many of the journal and thrust bearings for the machines in operation there.

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