New York Waterfall Tour - Day 2 - Whirlpool State Park Niagara Falls

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Niagara River

After exploring Rochester I hurried to my car to drive westbound for the next waterfall of the Waterfall Tour: Niagara Falls. I did not take the New York Thruway Toll road but drove a northern route along the shore of the huge Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is with a surface of 19,000 km2 (7,340 square miles) about 17 times bigger than the Dutch IJsselmeer. It is the smallest and last in the chain of the five great lakes before its water reaches the ocean via the Saint Lawrence River.

Lake Ontario is fed by Lake Erie the number four in size of the five. The two lakes are connected by Niagara River a 58-km (36-mile) long aquatic connector. About mid-way the river are the famous Niagara Falls (see next blog entry). In the past 12000 years the falls have eroded backward about 11 kilometers (7 miles), shaping a narrow canyon like corridor in which the Niagara River now flows, moving about 5,796 m³/s (204,800 cubic feet per second) between the two lakes.

Niagara River seen from Whirlpool State Park
Water that just fell over the edge of the famous falls.

A bend in the rivers created a natural whirlpool. Not suitable for bath guests, just a very wild mass of water to be enjoyed by watching it. At the Devil's Hole State Park and Whirlpool State Park one can access the canyon. Two trails enable hikers to go down to the river level where another trail leads along the river with views on the violent waters.

I had seen the Whirlpool 13 years ago from the Canadian side when I was there on tour with the Arnhems Interscholair Orkest. Then only briefly from the top, today I decided to hike down, and amaze myself of the gigantic amounts of wild water.

More pictures below!



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Niagara River
Niagara River
Niagara River seen from Whirlpool …
Niagara River seen from Whirlpool…
En route to Niagara: Lake Ontario …
En route to Niagara: Lake Ontario…
En route to Niagara: Oak Orchard L…
En route to Niagara: Oak Orchard …
Niagara River at Devils Hole Stat…
Niagara River at Devil's Hole Sta…
Niagara River at Devils Hole Stat…
Niagara River at Devil's Hole Sta…
Niagara River
Niagara River
Niagara River
Niagara River
Niagara River
Niagara River
The canyon cliffs
The canyon cliffs
The Rainbow Bridge connects the US…
The Rainbow Bridge connects the U…
Niagara River
Niagara River
Niagara River
Niagara River
Confronting!
Confronting!
Niagara River
Niagara River
Niagara River seen from Whirlpool …
Niagara River seen from Whirlpool…
My hike along the Niagara River hi…
My hike along the Niagara River h…
Whirlpool State Park - Niagara Falls - NY
photo by: mdalamers