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Eddy Basin

Whirlpool Scenic Overlook Trail

 
 
Eddy Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 13, 2014
1. Eddy Basin Marker
Inscription. The wide point of the river at this spot is called the "Eddy Basin".

If you look over the edge you will see an extensive shelf of Whirlpool Sandstone at river level. This was covered by water prior to the large water diversions for hydro-electric power generation.

Before 1921 the full flow of the Niagara River surged through this section of the gorge. After 1921 both the Canadian and the American sides started diverting a portion of the rivers flow for the production of hydro-electric power.

Currently, only about 25% to 50% of the rivers actual flow passes over the falls and through the gorge at this point. The result is a river level much lower that at full flow.

The cable car that spans the whirlpool was built by the Niagara Spanish Aerocar Company. It made its maiden voyage across the whirlpool on August 8, 1916.

The attraction has operated trouble-free since its opening day and has made thousands of trips across the swirling waters.
 
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 7.175′ N, 79° 3.908′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Robert Moses Parkway. Touch for map.

Wide View Southward, Eddy Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 13, 2014
2. Wide View Southward, Eddy Basin Marker
Marker is located in Whirpool State Park. The park is accessed from the Niagara Scenic Parkway (nee: Robert Moses Parkway). There is no fee. The marker is on a paved trail at the rim of the gorge, south of the tourist shelter. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whirlpool Rapids (within shouting distance of this marker); Niagara Gorge Natural History (within shouting distance of this marker); Challenging the Whirlpool Rapids (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Whirlpool State Park (about 300 feet away); Niagara Spanish Aero Car (approx. 0.2 miles away in Canada); Whirlpool Rapids Gorge (approx. half a kilometer away in Canada); Thompson Point (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in Canada); The Inukshuk (approx. 0.8 kilometers away in Canada). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Whirlpool State Park - New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (Submitted on June 16, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Whirlpool Aero Car - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 16, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Niagara Falls - Wikipedia. Includes a paragraph about the diversion
Eddy Basin image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 13, 2014
3. Eddy Basin
of water for hydro-electric production. (Submitted on June 16, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
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Eddy Basin Emptying into the Whirlpool image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 13, 2014
4. Eddy Basin Emptying into the Whirlpool
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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