This can't be a very busy crossing...is it on the list to be shut down?
No this is Covey Hill on Canadian side, not scheduled for closure.
It's hard to say how busy it is. DHS considers the Trout River region to be one port of entry. The statistics for all the border stations within this region are lumped together. There may be many reasons for this. One is that if each station were a port of entry, then each would need a port director, which has a higher salary than an inspector. Another is that if the statistics are masked, then there would be little obvious evidence supporting the case for closing a border crossing, thus saving billets which DHS regions hoard.
On the Canadian side, Trout River is a major port, offering some services and supervising the surronding ports.
When I approached Trout River from the north, it seemed as though the Canadian customs post appeared out of nowhere (I think it was due to bends in the road) and the US post was very close. Right after the US post, I turned right (west) hoping to see if I could see the border vista from a parallel road. Trout River, NY didn't seem like a very big place. From the north, the Dundee QC border post is more visible when approaching from Canada.
I think you are mixing two border posts. Dundee in Quebec matches with Fort Covington in USA. At that place, there are a few houses in between including a former hotel (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39040311)
Trout River is Trout River on both sides. This one shown here is neither. In that case, both posts are very close together and you can see both in the same picture. (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/32684332)
Sorry, if that was confusing...I have been to both crossings (approached Dundee/Fort Covington from both directions) and Trout River QC/NY from the north only.....I have also driven up the road on the west side of the river in Fort Covington and you can cross into Canada w/o border formalities on that road. Ditto goes for roads on the reserve to the west.
At Fort Convington-Dundee, the little wharf in interesting. Boaters can stop and report in person instradu of the usual phones/videophonesé
Funny you should mention the videophones. They were one of my creations. Here's a photo of me installing one along the St. Lawrence: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39979591
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Photo taken in Mooers, NY, USA
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