March 29th is Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day


March 29th is Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day

falls1 Who knew?  We search the Internet often to find interesting and little known facts to impart to you.  Because we strive to keep you informed, we found a dandy!  Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day.  It really is a thing.  We celebrate it on March 29th.  And, Niagara Falls really did run dry.  For all the details, read on!

When did Niagara Falls run dry?

Since you have asked, we know and can tell you the story.  According to our source,, all the way back in 1848, there was so much ice that it blocked the flow of water over the famous falls for 30 or 40 hours.   Reporting was sketchy at best back in those days, so the details may or may not be completely accurate, but, we are sure that this event really did happen.

Niagara Falls ran dry because a gale that blew off  Lake Erie caused ice to dam the mouth of the Niagara River.  In turn, this caused the waters of Horseshoe Falls and American Falls to fall to a trickle for 30 – 40 hours.  As a result the riverbed lay exposed . As you can imagine, this uncovered many turtles and fish.

People found many interesting things that were tossed into the river over the years.  These items sank onto the river bottom and were lost until this historic day.  Some of the articles recovered were;  bayonets, muskets, tomahawks and other articles from the war of 1812.

How did the locals take the silence of the mighty river?

The locals worried.  As time went by, they held church services.  On the evening of March 30th, their prayers were answered.  The wind changed, and the ice jam broke up and the river ran freely again.

So, there you have the whole story of the origin of Niagara Falls Runs Dry day.  Go impress your friends with your knowledge!

Jeff McGuire Team

Jeff McGuire  |  Professional Real Estate Agent

Windermere Real Estate/All Star Realty, LLC

Phone:  (208) 5536233



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