The St. Lawrence River is one of the longest rivers in North America. And, is the outflow for the entire Great Lakes system. The Great Lakes hold nearly 20% of the world's fresh water.
The River flows 744 miles from Lake Ontario into the world's largest estuary, the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only 114 miles of the River are located in New York State.
The River is 250 feet at its deepest point.
Flowing through both Canadian and US lands, the St. Lawrence River is a bi-national waterway, providing drinking water to local municipalities on both sides of the River and a vital tourism-based economy to local towns.
The St. Lawrence River has a discharge rate of 347, 849 cubic feet of water per second.
The Upper St. Lawrence is home to the Thousand Islands region. There are exactly 1,864. To be counted as an island, the piece of land must be surrounded by water, above water all year long, and support at least one tree.
For more information about the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands, visit:
- Seaway Trail - The Seaway Trail is a National Scenic By-Way that leads tourists along the many historic and natural features of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario in New York state.
- Thousand Islands Photo Art - View the Thousand Islands with a birds-eye view through the photography of Ian Coristine.
- Thousand Islands Life - An on-line magazine devoted to the history and culture of the Thousand Islands region.
Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, environmental historian, to speak on Plan 2014 at Winter Environmental Conference
His extensive knowledge of the history of the Seaway and dams that have caused ecological damage to wetland habitat and declines in key species will be very helpful as we approach the second anniversary of the referral of Plan 2014 read more
Save The River’s 27th Annual Winter Environmental Conference
Sewage, Oil, Microbeads - Oh my! Register now for the conference Saturday, February 6, 2016 read more
Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Clarkson University
Save The River & Clarkson University Present the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.Saturday, September 12, 2015. read more
DEC Advises Anglers to be Aware of Spawning Lake Sturgeon
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded anglers to be aware of spawning lake sturgeon in New York's Great Lakes waters, Great Lakes connecting channels, and in tributaries of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Finger Lakes and Oneida Lake. read more
Happy World Wetlands Day 2015!
On the River, supporting wetlands means adopting Plan 2014 – a modern water levels plan that will restore 64,000 acres of wetlands on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario read more
Save The River Reports on Week 8 of Beach Watch Program
Save The River reports that all beach water samples taken on August 25th passed and the beaches are safe for swimming. read more
Save The River Reports on Week 7 of Beach Watch Program
Save The Rivers Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 7th through August 25th Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 7. read more
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