Our River

Watershed Facts:

  • The main stem of the Boquet River originates on Dix Mountain in Keene; is 47 miles long; and empties into Lake Champlain in the Town of Willsboro.
  • Major tributaries include: the North Branch; The Branch (aka The Little Boquet); Spruce Mill Brook and Lincoln Pond / Black River.
  • The Boquet River is the steepest river in NYS, descending more than 2,700 feet in 47 miles, making it prone to flash floods and erosion. Sediment from erosion destroys fish habitat,  exacerbates flood conditions and loads excess nutrients into the river and Lake Champlain.
  • The Boquet River watershed drains 280-square miles and largely includes the towns of Elizabethtown, Essex, Lewis, Westport and Willsboro.
  • Important watershed resources include sport fisheries, fertile agricultural and timber lands, recreational opportunities, scenic vistas and bluffs, critical natural areas, as well as significant cultural and historical sites.
  • According to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Boquet River watershed is 82.4% forested, 7.5% wetland,  3.6% urban and 6.4% agriculture.

Profile from Dr. Dennis Kalma