Adventure Sports

Whether it’s paddling a canoe or kayak in the calm waterways and bays of the St. Lawrence River or rafting Class III to Class IV rapids on the nearby Black River, visitors to the 1000 Islands area have plenty of adventurous on-the-water options.

In recent years, stand-up paddling (SUP) and wake boarding have become as popular as traditional favorites like swimming, diving and fishing. Dive shops on both sides of the U.S./Canada border cater to various skill levels and offer an opportunity for visitors to explore preserved shipwrecks.

Whitewater rafting companies guide visitors three seasons of the year through the rapids of the Black River near Watertown, New York. From the high-water of spring to the stunning foliage of fall, Black River whitewater is atop thrillseekers’ lists.

The new Skywood Eco Adventure Park in Mallorytown was built to be Ontario’s largest zip line and treetop adventure park. Skywood is a thrilling adventure for all. Kids can even join in the fun at scaled-back portions designed with little ones in mind.

On the U.S. side of the 1000 Islands, get your adrenaline going at the new Spencer Valley Zip Lines near Redwood. Spencer Valley opened for its first full season of operation in 2016.

Add some adventure to your 1000 Islands outdoor experience with these alternative activities.

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Alexandria Bay, NY
Athens, ON
Brockville, ON

Save Ontario Shipwrecks – 1000 Islands Chapter

Brockville, ON K6V 5T3

SOS is a Provincial Heritage Organization that studies, preserves and promotes Ontario’s marine heritage, including the wrecks in the St. Lawrence River. Click on the website for activities, information and interesting links, including “diver guides” to various shipwrecks.

Operation Season: Year Round

Cape Vincent, NY
Clayton, NY
Snowmobile NY

Thousand Islands Snowmobile Club

PO Box 361
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-921-6464
[email protected]

Snowmobile trail maps, produced by the Thousand Islands Snowmobile Club, are available at the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 517 Riverside Dr., downtown Clayton, NY, and at area restaurants. Map depicts trails, parking areas, business locations, and other information of interest to snowmobilers. Check out our Facebook [email protected]

Dexter, NY
Whitewater Challengers

Whitewater Challengers

16129 Foster Park Rd
Dexter, NY 13634

Toll Free: 800-443-RAFT
[email protected]

Add some excitement to your summer with one of our fun-filled outfitter rafting trips on the Black River! Our trip combines the heart-pounding thrills of whitewater with all the fun of a summer beach party. Class III-IV whitewater assures plenty of action and a hearty BBQ dinner is included with your trip.

Operation Season: May - October

Gananoque, ON

1000 Islands Kayaking Company

110 Kate St.
Gananoque, ON K7G 3M7

Phone: 613-329-6265
[email protected]

Fully equipped and professionally guided kayak tours in the heart of the 1000 Islands. Perfect for families and couples and solo adventurers. We offer unique programming, with the highest standards in safety, comfort and experience. From full day trips to half day trips, you will not be disappointed. No experience necessary. Rentals are also available.

Operation Season: May - October

Hammond, NY
Lansdowne, ON
Mallorytown, ON
Redwood, NY
Rockport, ON
Sackets Harbor, NY
Thousand Island Park, NY
Boomerang Kayak Rental

Boomerang: Kayak & Bicycle Rental

17204 Coast Ave. W.
Thousand Island Park, NY 13692

Phone: 315-215-4004
[email protected]

Bicycles and kayaks for rent; singles and tandems are both available. Please call for group rates and guided tour options. Operating from two locations: Thousand Island Park, Wellesley Island, and near the entrance to Wellesley Island State Park at 44051 Cross Island Rd. Secondary number also available: 315-525-3172.

Operation Season: April - November

Watertown, NY
Adirondack River Outfitters

ARO Adventures Whitewater Rafting

140 Newell St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-2297
Toll Free: 800-525-7238
[email protected]

Summer, sun, and exciting whitewater; the combination was unknown in New York State until A.R.O. pioneered rafting trips on the Black River Gorge. For thirty four years our guests have been our best promotion. “Such a professional and entertaining crew, the staff at A.R.O. are the epitome of professional, safe, and fun. and the food (both the snack and the BBQ at the end) was delicious.” Minimum age 12 for Gorge trip July and August. Minimum age 7 for “family fun” trip.

Operation Season: May - October

Black River Outfitters

Black River Outfitters (BRO)

531 W. Main St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Toll Free: 866-960-4BRO
[email protected]

Go with the pros – go with BRO! Offering whitewater rafting on the nearby Black River. BRO offers the newest, most up-to-date rafting center and has a top-of-the-line and super-friendly staff. Action-packed rapids, free ice cream and unforgettable memories. No experience necessary. Ages 14 and up.

Operation Season: May - October

Wolfe Island, ON

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