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Depauville, New York
Depauville, New York is located in New York
Depauville, New York
Depauville, New York
Location in New York
Depauville, New York is located in the United States
Depauville, New York
Depauville, New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Jefferson
Town Clayton
 • Total 9.8 sq mi (25.4 km2)
 • Land 9.8 sq mi (25.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
305 ft (93 m)
 • Total 577
 • Density 59/sq mi (22.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-20302
GNIS feature ID 0948332

Depauville is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the southern region of the town of Clayton, within Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was at 577 at the 2010 census.


In 1784, the Oneida clan of Native Americans ceded all territory to the State of New York except for a tract of land around 100 square miles known as Penet Square. Penet Square was a plot of land excluded from the Board of Land Commissioners under the Oneida treaty of 1784; the Oneida considered it as a gift to Pierre Penet. After Penet’s death, rights of land ownership were blurred and squatters occupied the territory as early as 1785. A squatter is a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent. Catfish Falls was a settlement at the head of the Chaumont River, named after the 25-foot vertical waterfall within the settlement. The squatters that inhabited this area were often called ‘Catfish People,’ marking their settlement from the clearing of trees establishing its boundaries. In 1816, merchant Francis Depau purchased several lots in Penet Square including Catfish Falls, later renaming the settlement Depauville after himself.

Depauville during the early 1800s was a site of manufacturing; the settlement consisted of both a Grist and Saw Mill. Lumber was a profitable resource for this region. Depauville also produced limewater, nearly 1,000 barrels after two years of production, a first for the county. Around 1868 the Depauville Steamboat Company was established and produced side-wheel steamboats. The M. W. Wright was constructed in 1968, a steam-powered vessel seventy feet from bow to stern, with a width of 14 ft, weighing in at nearly 43 tons. The ship was large enough to bring arise concerns on the ships capability to navigate the shallow waters of the Chaumont River before reaching Lake Ontario.

Depauville’s first Fire District was created in 1932 and during the Great Depression housed a camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC established a headquarters consisting of ten camps at the Madison Barracks in Sackets Harbor. Depauville saw damage from a microburst on July 15 of 1995. In 1996, the Town of Clayton Fire District formed, bringing the Depauville Fire Department under the same umbrella with the Clayton Fire Department, although each retained its identity. Depauville in January 1998 witnessed one of the most destructive natural disasters that Jefferson County had ever endured, the Ice Storm of 1998, 36 hours of freezing rain left damaged homes and properties, impassable roadways and many people powerless and hungry for weeks.


Depauville, being located in Northern New York, has recreational opportunities that depend on the season. Being located just twenty minutes from Watertown, New York, which offers white water rafting on the world-known Black River. Watertown contains locations such as the Thompson Park Zoo, Salmon Run Mall and Jefferson Community College. Depauville provides community events held at each of two churches, the fire department banquet hall and public library. Depauville also has a small town market and a bar, the Depauville Hotel. The Depauville Hotel is one of many stops for snowmobilers during the winter months as it is a crossroad of snowmobile trails that travel north to Clayton and eventually Governeur or west to Chaumont that accesses Lake Ontario. Depauville is a site for hunting and fishing as the salmon spawn and migration includes the Chaumont River from Lake Ontario and access to the Thousand Islands Region is a 10-minute drive northbound on State Route 12.


Depauville is located at 44°8′35″N 76°3′28″W / 44.14306°N 76.05778°W / 44.14306; -76.05778 (44.143189, -76.057757).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25 km2), all land.

Depauville is located by the junction of New York State Route 12 and County Roads 11 (Sylvia Street), 12 (Overbluff Road), and 179 (Caroline Street). The village is mostly on the south bank of the Chaumont River.


As of the census of 2000, there were 512 people, 178 households, and 137 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 52.3 per square mile (20.2/km2). There were 203 housing units at an average density of 20.7/sq mi (8.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.22% White, 0.39% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population.

There were 178 households, out of which 44.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 32.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,411, and the median income for a family was $35,893. Males had a median income of $31,184 versus $21,042 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,172. None of the families and 1.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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