About Jessup’s Falls

Steel Bridge

Flood waters rising into the park in spring

Jessups Falls is a small area within the county of Plantagenet in Ontario, Canada. It was at one time, part of Treadwell, and perhaps further back in history, its own town.
The water fall is now a river. An escarpment starts just beyond the the road that leads from the highway to the former town or Treadwell. This is an area of Natural Scientific Interest (ANSI) and houses many ‘Species At Risk (SAR)’. At one time, a cross country ski trail run by the Club Boreal ski club ran along the escarpment. Since the selling of the motel, the lands have been reclaimed by the owners for private use.

The South Nation Conservation authority operates the Jessup’s Falls park as well as 4 other parks within Prescott Russell that are open to the public during the summer months.

The park is popular with fishermen who are often seen on site from dawn until dusk. There is a dock and boat launch to accommodate all types of river enthusiasts! In the winter, ice fishing is the sport of choice. However, as the name eludes to, there ARE falls beneath the surface! And the ice in the winter can be thinner beneath the bridge so the park is not open then. In other words, you have to know someone since the river borders on private land.

The river after the ‘waterfall’ forms into a Bay with marvelous sun sets over pylons from an old train bridge. It is a popular summer vacation area surrounded on one side by cottages and a marina. On the other and beyond the cottages it is surrounded by lush agricultural lands. The bay is very deep as it changes levels after the bridge. Cadets used to come and train in the bay and each winter, the ice tries to carve out a little more of the shoreline.

Businesses in the area other than farming are geared towards health, wellness and outdoor activities .

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