Located in St. Lawrence County within the Adirondack Park.
The Town office itself is located at 7171 St. Highway 3, Cranberry Lake.
The office is open:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Phone # 315-848-2915 Fax # 315-848-2632
The Town of Clifton is comprised of Cranberry Lake, Newton Falls - including Windfall - and a small portion of Star Lake. The Town itself has much to offer. Located in the beautiful Adirondacks, the Town is surrounded by rivers, lakes and mountains for your enjoyment. This also brings many recreational opportunities: Camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing, hunting, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling and cross country skiing are only a few activities you can enjoy in this area. Make use of the Clifton Community Library, located within the Town Hall in Cranberry Lake. Enjoy camping at the NYS Cranberry Lake Campsite, fishing & boating in Cranberry Lake and Newton Falls. You can also try your swing at the Clifton Fine Golf Course - a joint activity of the Towns of Clifton and Fine, located in Star Lake. Delight in ongoing events at the Clifton Fine Arena, also located in Star Lake. Added to this is the Clifton Fine Hospital and the Clifton Fine School.
Hamlet of Cranberry Lake
Cranberry Lake is a hamlet along NYS Route 3 on the north shore of the lake. The lake itself is one of the largest man-made lakes in the Adirondacks, being just behind lake George and Rquette Lake. It has been kept preserved and natural due to the fact that most of the land is owned by New York State. The lake is immense with nearly 7000 acres and having a wide range of depth. This makes it a great retreat for watersports and a popular spot for fishing with the lake being stocked with trout. It is a great place for extensive hiking for the intermediate and experienced hikes with miles of hiking trails. The experienced hiker can enjoy the challenge of the 50 mile loop of trails around the Lake. In the winter months, these trails are utilized as excellent snowmobile trails, making for easy hiking. For the boaters, put your boat in the water at the public boat launch on the Oswegatchie River located on Columbian Road. For more recreation, bring the family to the Town's beach located on Route 3, which has lifeguards on hand for your swimming safety.
Hamlet of Newton Falls
Newton Falls is a hamlet which was named for James Newton, who built a sawmill in 1894. This became the Newton Falls Paper Mill, which is now closed. It was constructed as a mill town and includes several Sears houses on the hill on the Newton Falls Road (County Route 60). In 1925 Newton Falls was a very active town with more than 800 residents, even at one time sustaining an A&P Grocery Store; Howver, the closing of the J&L Mines (in Benson Mines) and of the Paper Mill has brought with it a dwindling population of less than half of what it was.
Hamlet of Star Lake
Star Lake is located part in the Town of Clifton and part in the town of Fine. Joint efforts of both communities have produced the Clifton Fine Arena, the Clifton Fine Hospital, the Clifton Fine Golf Course, the Clifton Fine Central School, and the Clifton Fine Community Center to list a few.
Interesting Facts about the Town of Clifton:
The Town of Clifton was born on April 21, 1868 with an act of the St. Lawrence County Board of Supervisors by taking the Townships of Clifton and Chaumont from the Town of Pierrepont. The first Town Board meeting was ordered to be held at the house owned by the Clifton Iron Company at Clarksboro (now Twin Falls) on the first Tuesday in June, 1868. On December 3, 1883, the Townships of Sherwood and Harewood were taken from the Town of Colton and annexed to the Town of Clifton. The Township of Clifton was taken from the Town of Clifton by the Act of 02 December 1897 when the Town of Clare was formed. This was when out Town achieved the shape and size it presently has. However, this also means that Clarksboro, the original seat of Town government, is no longer part of the Town of Clifton.
Interesting notes: The population of the town in 1870 was 221 (142 we native and 79 were foreign born). During the year ending September 30, 1872, the town contained one school district and employed one teacher. The number of school aged children was 50, with 37 attending school and the average attendance being 26. The amount expended for school purposes was $22.71. The value of the school house and site was $300.
A wealth of information can be found on Clifton's colorful history. Presently, the Town History Room (located in the Community Center building in Cranberry Lake) is open to the public every "First Friday" of the month, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The History Room is open other times by appointment. We would love to see more showing interest in our past!
Do you have some old photos or historical information you would like to share in this site? Contact Mark Friden, the Town Historian, at PO Box 647 Cranberry Lake, NY 12927 (315-848-3222).