Oswego River, Oswego

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The Oswego River is a river in upstate New York in the United States. It is the second-largest river (after the Niagara River) flowing into Lake Ontario. James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Pathfinder, or The Inland Sea is set in the Oswego River valley.The name Oswego is a Mohawk name that means "flowing out", or specifically, "small water flowing into that which is large".DescriptionJames Fenimore Cooper described the Oswego in these words:The Oswego is formed by the junction of the Oneida and the Onondaga, both of which flow from lakes; and it pursues its way, through a gently undulating country, some eight or ten miles, until it reaches the margin of a sort of natural terrace, down which it tumbles some ten or fifteen feet, to another level, across which it glides with the silent, stealthy progress of deep water, until it throws its tribute into the broad receptacle of the Ontario.River courseThe Oswego River starts at the confluence of the Oneida River (flowing from Oneida Lake) and the Seneca River (flowing from Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, and Montezuma Marsh). The river drains an area of 5122sqmi, as large as the states of Rhode Island and Delaware together, comprising most of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
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  • Look for the eagle. Fantastic breeze and sights on paved paths. Underutilized...and that's great for those who do partake.  more »
  • For a day trip or a longer stay in Oswego, the river walkway in downtown is a beautiful location to walk or just sit. It is kept in good condition and is next to numerous restaurants and shops.  more »
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  • Great place to walk in Spring summer fall, beautiful
  • A great place for exercising or going for a walk, with an amazing river view and taking pictures of creatures around the area.

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