Niagara River

Niagara County, New York.

Niagara River midpoint in Niagara Falls, New York.

Niagara River ends in Youngstown, New York.

246 feet (75 meters)

18.95 miles long (30.50 kilometers)

About The Niagara River

Niagara River is a River located in Niagara County, NY. Starting in Buffalo, NY the Niagara River flows 19 miles through Niagara Falls, NY before ending in Youngstown, NY. The Niagara River rises to an elevation of 246 feet. Find maps, fishing guides, weather and recreation information at Guidesly.


About Niagara River, NY

The Niagara River is a 170-feet deep and 58-kilometer long river or strait that borders Ontario in Canada and the US state of New York. The river comprises Upper and Lower parts. Its waters flow north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario while its course includes the famous Niagara Falls, which is believed to be the fastest moving waterfall in the world, the Niagara Escarpment, Niagara Gorge and Niagara Whirlpool. The river also presents the Grand Island, Navy Island, Goat Island, Luna Island and Unity Island. The river exits to the Atlantic Ocean as it reaches the St Lawrence River. 

The river is about 12,000 years old as it was formed during the Pleistocene Epoch or Ice Age from melted continental ice sheets. Iroquoian scholar Bruce Trigger believed its name was derived from Niagagarega, the name of the people part of the Neutral Confederacy in the late 17th century. Historian George R. Stewart believes its name came from the Iroquois town, Ongniaahra, which means ‘point of land cut in two’. The Niagara River was the location of the earliest recorded railway in America and was an important passage to liberation during the American Civil War. It also became the first waterway in North America to harness large-scale generation hydroelectricity in the 1880s. New York State Office Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation manages multiple state parks adjacent to the falls and the river o