Ogdensburg, a small city of 11,128 people in Northern New York, is on the St. Lawrence Seaway opposite Prescott, Ontario.


Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad

Due to its strategic position on the St. Lawrence River, Prescott-Ogdensburg had a long native history before the first European presence. The initial colonial settlement was a fortress and 1749 French Catholic mission; the French fur trade in that era followed the river westward to reach the Great Lakes. During the Seven Years War (1750s), warriors from this fort attacked British colonists on behalf of the French. After the 1760 Battle of the Thousand Islands, the territory became British; in 1796, Jay's Treaty placed Fort Oswegatchie on the US side of the border. US settlers largely displaced the Oswegatchie natives and named the village Ogdensburgh after Samuel Ogden, an early landowner.

During the War of 1812, the city was captured by British forces; local merchants conducted extensive trade with Canada. Before the St. Lawrence Seaway (1958), Great Lakes vessels would unload grains in Prescott-Ogdensburg for transport eastward by rail. Early railways included the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain Railroad (later Rutland Railroad) (1849), Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad (1853) and a Portland & Ogdensburg Railway (never completed).

International ferry crossings joined Prescott-Ogdensburg and Morristown-Brockville until the Prescott-Ogdensburg international bridge opened in 1960; from there, separate railways once joined Prescott-Ottawa and Brockville-Ottawa.

Get in

By road
By bus
By rail
Passenger trains no longer stop in Prescott or Ogdensburg. VIA Rail's Toronto-Ottawa and Toronto-Montréal corridor services are available from Brockville. The closest Amtrak stations are in Utica-Rome or Plattsburgh.
By air
Ogdensburg has a small airport (IATA: OGS) with two or three federally-subsidised flights daily; a similar situation exists in Watertown (IATA: ART). Plattsburgh and Massena. The closest major airport is at the southern edge of Ottawa (IATA: YOW), about forty miles due north, but there is no public transport to Ottawa (or any other Canadian point) from Ogdensburg. Syracuse (IATA: SYR) may be an alternative, but is more distant.
By boat

Get around

Local taxis are G Mans Taxi (805 Caroline St, +1 315 393-3999) and Carry All Taxi (729 Patterson St, +1 315 393-3911).



Oswegatchie River in the Adirondacks







Bed and breakfast


Ogdensburg's telephone area code is +1 315; its postal code is 13669. A historic post office building at 431 State St. is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Commercial mail receiving service for parcels is available from the UPS Store (2981 Ford Street Ext, +1 315 393-1188) or US2CAN Logistics (120 Chimney Point Dr, +1 315 713-4290).




McConnell windmill, Morristown


Small (pop 2000) village opposite Brockville on the St. Lawrence River. The road forks at this point, with NY12 following the river westward through Alexandria Bay and Clayton in the Thousand Islands region while NY37 turns southward toward Watertown.


Tiny speck of a village centred on NY37 and wedged between the St. Lawrence River (opposite Mallorytown) and the Lonesome Bay State Forest.

Go next

Routes through Prescott-Ogdensburg

Brockville Prescott  W  E  Morrisburg Montreal
Ottawa Kemptville  N  S  NY Utica
Watertown Morristown  SW  E  Massena Malone

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