Higley Flow State Park
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Introduction

Nestled among the Adirondack foothills on the picturesque Raquette River, Higley Flow State Park is an ideal RV getaway for those looking for peace and quiet. Located in St. Lawrence County, New York the park is surrounded by the man-made Higley Flow and Warm Creek Flow, both of which were formed when the Raquette River was impounded.

This location by the water allows for park visitors to participate in some great activities throughout the year. There is a very popular sandy beach on the reservoir of the Raquette River, which is also an ideal spot for canoeing and fishing. Facilities for boat launching are also available for park guests. During the winter time the waters freeze over so ice fishing is possible. The hiking trails are also popular and the Beaver Pond Nature Trail has interpretive signs that inform you about the six distinct habitats through which the trail passes. Hiking trails double as cross-country ski trails in winter. Snowmobiling and snowshoeing are also allowed.

Higley Flow State Park has 128 campground sites that are a mixture between 30 amp and 50 amp connections. The campsites are know to be very spacious with beautiful pine trees separating you from the neighbouring campsites. Higley Flow State Park is open from mid-may until the beginning on September.

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Driving

Higley Flow State Park is located in the north-west of New York within the county of St. Lawrence. The park is in a very beautiful location and is near the Adirondack foothills. This is a very scenic area of New York state, with the Glenmeal State Forest and Taylor Creek State Park to the west and Snow Bowl State Forest to the east. The town of Colton is around six and a half miles to the north of the park which will have a few small shops if you need supplies. Besides Colton many of the other towns near the park will not have any major facilities. The more populated Canton and Potsdam are around 16 miles away and they will have more options for supplies and facilities.

The roads to the park are very well maintained and trees are set back far enough from the road so you won't have to worry about branches damaging your RV. During the wintertime the roads will be very difficult to navigate and most RV campers tend to avoid the area during this time.

Parking

There are plenty of parking options available at Higley Flow State Park.

Public Transport

Unfortunately there are are no public transport options that are on offer to Higley Flow State Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Higley Flow State Park

Campsites in Higley Flow State Park

Reservations camping

Higley Flow State Park Campground

Higley Flow State Park has some great facilities for RV campers. There is one campground in the park that features multiple loops. The sites vary from being by the waters edge to those that are large and have privacy thanks to the tall trees within the campgrounds. All of the 128 sites that are available to RV campers have electrical hookups that are either 30 or 50 amp. Some sites also have water hookups, which is always a plus. The sites also come with a picnic table and grill for you to enjoy during your stay.

Other amenities in the campground include an updated toilet block, showers, a dump station, water collection points, boat ramp and beach access. Cell phone reception in the campground is good for all major service providers and the park office sells some concessions if you need last minute supplies. Reservations are available at Higley Flow State Park and they can be made up to one year in advance. From September until the middle of May camping is closed in the park due to the winter weather.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Higley Flow State Park

In-Season

Boating

Higley Flow State Park has something for every type of boater. For those wanting to motor boat there are deep waters on the eastern side that you can use to enjoy a day out on the water. If you are in a smaller water craft such as a kayak or canoe there are many small coves that only you will have access to. We recommend going for a paddle past the two western peninsulas where the water is filled with rocks and tree stumps rising above its surface.

Fishing

Another popular summer activity at Higley Flow State Park is to go fishing. There are many popular species of fish found within the waters of the park, including smallmouth bass, walleye largemouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch and brown bullhead. There is no fishing gear available to rent so make sure you bring your own. During the winter time ice fishing is also a popular activity, but make sure you test the ice thickness before fishing as the level is not actively monitored.

Swimming

Feel like going for a swim during your stay? Higley Flow State Park has a lovely sandy swimming beach located within the park. Open during the summer months, the park has lifeguards situated on the beach for your safety. There are also some great facilities located near the beach area, including a nice pavilion that contains grills and picnic tables. There is also a playground for the children near the beach area. Pets are not permitted near the beach so make sure you leave them at the campground.

Off-Season

Birding

Fancy doing some bird watching? Higley Flow State Park is a great place for birding, whether you are walking, skiing or paddling. For a great all round birding experience check out the aforementioned Beaver Pond Trail as it has numerous different habitats such as wetlands, forests and open meadows that attract different kinds of birds. Some of the birds found in the park include warblers, bluebirds, owls, hummingbirds, osprey and numerous other birds of prey.

Cross-Country Skiing

Once the weather starts to get a little too cold for hiking the trails in Higley Flow State Park transform into awesome cross country skiing terrain. Many flock to Higley Flow State Park in order to experience the great cross country skiing that is made possible by volunteers known as Friends of Higley Flow State Park. In total there are around 18 miles of skiing to do if you include the unplowed park roads. There are no ski rentals available at Higley Flow State Park so make sure you come prepared with your own gear.

Hiking

Higley Flow State Park has around ten miles of well-maintained hiking trails available for you to enjoy. The trails weave through the park's glorious backcountry and will give you hours of entertainment during your stay. If you are looking for a quality short trail we recommend the one mile Beaver Pond loop trail. This will pass through several habitats within the park, including a bog and the namesake pond, with informative signs along the route also adding to the experience.

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