Niagara Whirlpool

By on December 10, 2013

The Niagara Whirlpool is a natural phenomenon located about 5 miles downstream from the brink of Niagara Falls. The Whirlpool is a large body of water, about 120 feet deep and 1000 feet across, that circulates counterclockwise creating one of the largest natural whirlpools in the world. The rotation is caused by the Niagara River taking a right turn, creating the opportunity for the water to rotate.

Fishermen can often be seen along the whirlpool’s edge. Salmon spawn yearly up the Niagara River, passing through the whirlpool on their way to their spawning grounds. The Whirlpool serves as a rest area for the Salmon, creating a unique opportunity for fishing.

The whirlpool is also a very unique location to hike. Unknown to virtually all tourists, there is a hidden path along the Niagara River road that provides a safe descent down the Niagara Gorge to the whirlpool below. The path features a manmade staircase to ensure safe passage down the gorge. Plenty of subtropical plants and animals can be observed while traversing the staircase including the endangered Diamondback Rattlesnake. But don’t worry, rattlesnake sightings are few and far between as there are only a couple of dozen thought to live in the gorge.