Chasing Waterfalls: Hudson Falls Hydroelectric Project

For all the posts in the Chasing Waterfalls Series, go here.

Prologue: Inspired by the 2021 Hallmark romantic movie Chasing Waterfalls started my own blog, featuring the local waterfalls in the State of Connecticut where I live, and also may be any waterfalls that I might come across in my trips around America and the World. The film was released in July 2021, as part of their “Spring Fling” lineup. The lead actress, Cindy Busby, as Amy Atwater, a photo journalist, goes to a remote town to find a mythical waterfall. Her co-star Christopher Russell, as Mark North is her guide on this enchanted trip.

Now I am chasing these majestic and gorgeous waterfalls. Next up is the man-made falls as a result of The Hudson Falls Hydroelectric Project in Lake George, New York.

Lake George had boasted of their Winter Carnival and of Ice Bar at one of their famous restaurants. So a friend and I decided to drive up one weekend in February to check them out. Although the Ice Bar had melted off and the Winter Carnival was great, we ended up literally chasing for a waterfall there.

This Hudson Falls Hydroelectric Project was constructed between 1994 and 1996. This is one in a series of dams that had been built on this part of Hudson River since the 1700s enabling the settlers to harness the power of the falls. Originally there was a natural waterfall called Baker Falls with a 68ft. drop. However it is now hidden beneath this modern project. All we can see is a tiny bit of the fall in the form of the flood gates. Although the depth underneath the water that flows our flat is still 60 feet deep.

We saw the beautiful frozen river and the frozen sides of the mountains around this Project.

Here is the Hudson River that flows away further down from the flood gates

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