Rebuilding Wanakena's historic footbridge

Above: The Wanakena Footbridge prior to 2014 ice damage.

A grant from the Damoth Fund at Adirondack Foundation will go toward rebuilding Wanakena's historic footbridge.

The footbridge was heavily damaged during a January 2014 thaw when an ice jam on the Oswegatchie River let out and rammed the north side of the suspension bridge. Built in 1902 by the Rich Lumber Company, the bridge provided pedestrian access to residential and commercial areas of Wanakena. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

The bridge is cherished by residents and visitors alike, according to the Wanakena Historical Association, which has helped organize the Revive, Rebuild, Recover effort.

Tax-deductible gifts can be sent to the Wanakena Historical Association Bridge Fund, PO Box 73, Wanakena NY 13695 or at

The Damoth Community Fund at Adirondack Foundation supports designated nonprofits and other charitable needs in the Clifton-Fine/Cranberry Lake area. To read more about the Damoth Fund, click here.

To make a gift to the fund, please fill out the form below.

Damoth Fund Donation