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Flume Falls

Postby Crazyzouave » Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:11 pm

Pictures of Flume Falls on Rt 86 just south of Wilmington, NY. Plenty of water in the Ausable River..at least for waterfall photos.

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Re: Flume Falls

Postby Matt » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:42 pm

ahhh....nice and refreshing!
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Re: Flume Falls

Postby skiboarder72 » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:41 am

ooo i like the first one, nice composure!
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Re: Flume Falls

Postby salukigirl » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:46 am

Simply stunning! I must go there sometime.
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Wilmington Flume

Postby Dingoblu » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:18 pm

About 4 years ago I snapped this pic while out driving aimlessly around. I think I was somewhere near the backside of WhiteFace Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. However I have not been able to find a pic of this fall anywhere, or locate it again...grrrr.


I'm really hoping someone on here might know the name or where it is so I can go back and get a better pic. I seemed it was near a pull off on the side of a road and went down a rather steep hill. ( How helpful are those coordinates?)

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Re: Help! ID needed on a waterfall

Postby hobkyl » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:44 am

I dont know but if you figure it out give me a heads up! I will be staying in Lake Placid so I plan on trying to visit any falls in the immediate area possible.

I cant tell...but is there a larger falls behind that? Looks whitish...like there might be or its rock...not sure.
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Re: Help! ID needed on a waterfall

Postby Dingoblu » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:14 am

There was another one behind it, but I couldnt get across to that little island without getting wet. This is why I want to get back there, with some shorts and water shoes and get across there lol.
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Re: Help! ID needed on a waterfall

Postby L_G_D » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:19 am

Looks like the bottom end of the Wilmington Flume. There is a bridge that crosses the river and you park at one end. There is a restaurant on the other end of the bridge and a KOA (I think) campground on the other side of the road. There are trails on both sides of the river that lead down to the bottom pool. There are a couple of falls within the flume as well, you can see them from the top of the cliffs, or if you're adventurous, there are a couple of places you can climb down to look at them, but it's tricky. There is also a set of falls above the bridge just down from the parking area. Watch out for poison ivy, though this time of year it's probably gone by now.

I have a ton of pictures of the place, but never got around to posting them.

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Re: Help! ID needed on a waterfall

Postby Dingoblu » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:22 pm

Thanks LGD, it was indeed Wilmington Flume. Got back there today and saw the little falls across the bridge as well.

From the top of the bridge looking down the Flume



The small falls across the bridge



The flume



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Re: Help! ID needed on a waterfall

Postby L_G_D » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:58 am

Nice shots, I'll have to dig mine out and see what I have. Be nice to get this up on the main page as well.
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Re: Help! ID needed on a waterfall

Postby L_G_D » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:56 am

Finally got around to digging up some shots of this area. Definitely worth seeing if you're passing through.

From the top, these are the ones above the bridge:

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Once you're below the bridge, the first falls you can see easily is this one:

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A couple views up the flume from lower down:

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...and the bottom falls that leads into a popular swimming spot, the pool is very large and from what I gather, pretty deep since you'll see people jumping off the rocks into the water on a hot sumer day.

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Re: Help! ID needed on a waterfall

Postby ApproachingLight » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:21 pm

So this one is interesting. Route 86 intersects two distinct experiences. Visited over the 4rth and the water flow is amazing. East of 86 is the flume pictured here, above. With so much water it was not as interesting as the low water shots here. In general not that interesting.Big wide swimming pool at the bottom with several locals.

But the other side offers this shot (taken on the south side across from parking area) . Complete with a background where you can see ski trails on Whiteface Ski Resort. A really nice tranquil waterfall unlike it's neighbor, (high tourist) High Falls Gorges down the road (total tourist trap complete with store and food and 100+ parking spots). If you like water falls as a personal versus group experience try this and Wilmington Notch Falls. Both are close together.

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