Au Sable, New York

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Au Sable, or Ausable, is a town in Clinton County, New York, United States. The population was 3,015 at the 2000 census. The name is from a river that flows through the town and means "Of the sand."

The Town of Au Sable is in the southeast corner of the county, south of Plattsburgh.



The town was first settled around 1795. The town was formed from part of the Town of Peru in 1839.

Mining was an important early industry in the town. The AuSable Chasm Bridge was built in 1932-1933.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.9 square miles (113.6 km²), of which, 39.1 square miles (101.3 km²) of it is land and 4.8 square miles (12.3 km²) of it (10.85%) is water.

The town borders Lake Champlain to the east. The south town line is the border of Essex County.

Ausable Chasm, a popular tourist location on the Ausable River, is nearby.

Interstate 87, the Adirondack Northway, is an important north-south highway in Ausable. US Route 9 runs closer to Lake Champlain than the Northway. US Route 9N runs east-west along the south town line, joining US-9 in Keeseville. New York State Route 22 is a north-south highway mostly lying west of the Northway. RT 86 runs along the West Branch of the Au Sable River. On Numerouse occasions, Fly- Fishermen can be seen here.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,015 people, 1,180 households, and 831 families residing in the town. The population density was 77.1 people per square mile (29.8/km²). There were 1,347 housing units at an average density of 34.4/sq mi (13.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.78% White, 0.80% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

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