Outdoor Recreation

It’s natural beauty that keeps families coming back to the 1000 Islands year after year. Active visitors flock to the 1000 Islands to experience the vast woods and water.

More than 15 New York State Parks dot Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and several islands. In Canada, the Parks of the St. Lawrence is a chain of historic and recreation sites found along the river. Comprised of 21 different islands in the St. Lawrence River and three mainland properties on the 1000 Islands Parkway, the Thousand Islands National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Canada.

Cyclists and motorcycle riders love the slow pace of the open roads that run along our shorelines while cross-country skiers and hikers take advantage of numerous trails in public parks and maintained by nature conservancies. Experienced fishing guides and charter captains make catching – and eating – freshwater fish a reality for most.

Many also enjoy a taste of the rural life on the 1000 Islands Agricultural Tour, which includes stops at more than a dozen farms, wineries and crop stands.

For more daring fun like diving, whitewater rafting and other paddling activities, head to the Adventure Sports page.

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Alexandria Bay, NY
Otter Creek Preserve

Otter Creek Preserve and Nature Trail


Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-686-5345
[email protected]
http://www.tilandtrust.org

TILT’s newest trail, offers 1.9 miles of trail for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, it also offers dramatic views of both Otter Creek and Lynch Creek. A portion of the trail is ADA-accessible, with highlights including a wildlife observation tower that overlooks the Golden-winged Warbler Demonstration Area; displaying TILT’s shrubland bird management for this imperiled songbird species and a cable suspension bridge.

Operation Season: Year Round


Thousand Islands State Parks Region

Keewaydin State Park
45165 Rt. 12
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-482-2593
http://www.nysparks.com

Stretching from Lake Ontario north along the St. Lawrence River, the Thousand Islands Region includes 28 state parks, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Historic Site and six stand-alone boat launches, as well as thousands of great campsites. Campsite and cottage reservations only: 800-456-CAMP. Part of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Operation Season: Year Round


Brockville, ON
Brock Trail

Brock Trail

c/o 10 Market St. W.
Brockville, ON K6V 4R7

Phone: 613-342-4357
Toll Free: 888-251-7676
[email protected]
www.brockvilletourism.com

A 7km walking and cycling path that runs along Brockville’s beautiful waterfront in the historic downtown core and continues north through to the other end of town. This scenic pathway is paved to accommodate bicycles, roller blades, wheelchairs and strollers. The Trail takes you to Canada’s Oldest Railway Tunnel and around Blockhouse Island before continuing to Hardy Park, Rotary Park, and then following Buell’s Creek to the north end of town. A newly added section of the Trail gives you the option to go West to St. Lawrence Park. Along the Trail you will find a number of plaques installed by Heritage Brockville depicting historical sites where you can read about Brockville’s rich history. Stop by the Tourism Office at 10 Market Street West to pick up a city map which includes the trail route.

Operation Season: Year Round


Mac Johnson Wildlife Area

4649 Debruge Rd - east of Hwy 29
Brockville, ON K6T 1A5

Phone: 613-546-4228 or 613-345-1990
Toll Free: 877-956-CRCA (2772)
[email protected]
http://www.crca.ca

Facilities include hiking and cross-country ski trails, winter skating, picnic area including a shelter, nature centre and two canoe launches. Conservation education programs for school from kindergarten to Grade 12 are also offered.

Operation Season: Year Round


Cape Vincent, NY
Chaumont, NY

The Nature Conservancy – Chaumont Barrens

VanAlystyne Rd
off Co. Rt. 125
Chaumont, NY 13622

Phone: 315-387-3600 x22
www.nature.org/cwny

An interpretive brochure will guide you along the 2-mile trail through rare alvar grassland, shrubland and forests. In late May, visitors can enjoy a diverse array of native wildflowers, including praire smoke, which can be seen no where else in the northeast. Watch for migratory birds in spring and fall.

Operation Season: May - December


Clayton, NY
Boat Museum displays

Antique Boat Museum

750 Mary St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-4104
[email protected]
http://www.abm.org

Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Antique Boat Museum features the largest collection of antique and classic boats on display in North America! While visiting the museum you can learn about boating history on the St. Lawrence River, row a St. Lawrence skiff in French Bay, tour George Boldt’s historic two-story houseboat and take a speedboat ride through the islands in a triple cockpit runabout. See website for event and education classes information.

Operation Season: May - November


Grindstone Island

Grindstone Island Preserves, Potters Beach and Nature Trail

Grindstone Island
boat access only
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5345
[email protected]
http://www.tilandtrust.org

TILT conserves over 40% of Grindstone Island, the 4th largest island in the 1000 Islands. Several preserves on the interior of Grindstone Island, including the Howard-Smith and Rusho Farm Preserves, are conserving the agricultural heritage of the island, as well as sensitive habitat for various native species. The Heineman Songbird Forest is the breeding ground for neotropical migratory songbirds, those birds that winter in Central America and return to North America for the summer season. Potters Beach is one of the only naturally occurring sandy beaches in the Thousand Islands, and has been a popular summertime destination for generations. The Grindstone Island Nature Trail winds its way from Canoe Point to Picnic Point State Parks, through land owned by TILT and by the State of New York.

Operation Season: Year Round


Ingerson Rivergate Trail

S. Gerald Ingerson Preserve and Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail


Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5345
[email protected]
http://www.tilandtrust.org

This 140-acre preserve lying south of the Village of Clayton is a mosaic of wildlife habitats: successional shrublands, oak, pine and maple forests and McCarn Creek. Protecting McCarn Creek, a tributary to French Creek, protects and guards important spawning habitat for fish species and serves as a filter to clean water that flows into the St. Lawrence River. It includes two miles of the Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail, the portion of the trail that is restricted to non-motorized traffic. Overall, the Rivergate Trail, the result of a rails-to-trails project, is a 27-mile multi-use trail with several access points located in Clayton off Black Creek Road, in Orleans across the downtown, in Theresa, Redwood and Philadelphia.

Operation Season: Year Round


TILT Office

Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)

135 John St.
PO Box 238
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5345
[email protected]
http://www.tilandtrust.org

Located in the heart of downtown Clayton, the Land Trust and Visitors’ Center offers access to TILT’s knowledgeable staff, information regarding their vibrant “treks” (outdoor recreation programs) seasons and events. The TILT Office invites 1000 Islands residents and visitors to learn more about the region and the importance of conserving it.

Operation Season: Year Round


your wave tours

Your Wave Tours

1045 State St.
Bayside Marina
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-778-8128
[email protected]
www.yourwavetours.com

Your Wave Tours is a private pontoon party on the St. Lawrence River, where you rent the boat and not the seat, you enjoy our non-traditional ride and enjoy the river like no other private trips. Families, couples, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties all welcome.

Operation Season: June - September


Zenda Preserve

Zenda Farms Preserve, Community Garden and MacFarlane Trail

38973 Zenda Farm Rd
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5345
[email protected]
http://www.tilandtrust.org

Zenda Farms was a state-of-the-art dairy and beef farm that operated from 1939 into the late 1950s. The farm preserve includes the original Jamesway farm buildings, thought to be the only full set of their kind in North America. The preserve is surrounded by 405 acres of wetlands, forest, and hay meadows maintained for wildlife habitat which includes the LoisJean and John MacFarlane Trail and the Zenda Community Garden.  The Zenda Community Garden provides fresh, locally grown produce for participating local families, and a Kids Korner Garden and Natural Play Area which is open to the public. The 1.35-mile-long LoisJean and John MacFarlane Trail runs around the perimeter of a meadow and is a non-motorized trail for hiking, jogging & cross-country skiing. TILT’s plan for the future of Zenda Farms is to establish the preserve as a model for land conservation through community engagement and learning within its ecologically diverse and culturally historic farm setting.

Operation Season: Year Round


Crysler, ON
Cannamore Orchards

Cannamore Orchard

1480 Co. Rd 32
Crysler, ON K0A 1R0

Phone: 613-448-3633
[email protected]
http://www.cannamoreorchard.com

Pick your own and pre-picked strawberries in June, apples and pumpkins in September and October.  Spooky wagon rides in October.  We offer 25 kinds of  Cannamore Orchard made fudge, cider, honey, maple syrup, pies and more School and group tours are available.  Call for details! Farm museum on site.

Operation Season: June - October


Elgin, ON

Rideau Heritage Route

1671 Chaffeys Lock Rd
Rideau Canal
Elgin, ON K0G 1E0

Phone: 613-583-4783
[email protected]
http://www.rideauheritageroute.ca

The Rideau Heritage Route from Lake Ontario in Kingston to the Ottawa River winds its way through historic sites, charming villages, quaint attractions and spectacular recreation areas. Discover how the Rideau Canal has been connecting communities along the Rideau Heritage Route for almost 2 centuries, via a chain of lakes and rivers joined by man-made canals and locks for 202km. The Rideau Canal, along with the Kingston Fortifications and Fort Henry are now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come cruise, paddle, hike, cycle and tour one of Canada’s best kept secrets.

Operation Season: Year Round


Finch, ON
Fineview, NY
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

44927 Cross Island Rd
Fineview, NY 13640

Phone: 315-482-2479
http://www.nysparks.com

The Nature Center covers 600 acres within Wellesley Island State Park. We have 9 miles of trails that are open year round and the 3500 square foot Nature Center is full of family friendly exhibits, including live animals. Other attractions at the Nature Center include our butterfly house that is open in July and August. We have programming year round for both children and adults and are happy to design specialized programming to suit the needs of any group. Our annual Autumn Festival is the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. Call 315-482-2479 or view our website for information on current programs.

Operation Season: Year Round


Hammond, NY
Crooked Creek Preserve

Crooked Creek Preserve and Macsherry Trail


Hammond, NY 13646

Phone: 315-686-5345
[email protected]
http://www.tilandtrust.org

The preserve consists of 1,525 acres of class I wetlands, uplands and forest along Crooked Creek, in both Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. It is one of the most significant wetlands on the St. Lawrence, providing habitat for countless species, and acting as both filter and buffer when water levels fluctuate. Bald eagles regularly fly overhead and the creek meanders for miles of quiet paddling. The Macsherry Trail consists of a short loop of about 1.5 miles and a long loop of nearly 3 miles. Passing beaver ponds and meandering through woods, it leads to the creek itself with a wonderful view of Chippewa Bay, before circling back to the trail head.

Operation Season: Year Round


Ingleside, ON
Kingston, ON

Ontario Parks

Southeast Zone Ontario
Beechgrove Complex 51 Heakes Lane
Kingston, ON K7M 9B1

Phone: 888-668-7275
Toll Free: 800-667-1940
http://www.ontarioparks.com

Ontario Parks is a branch of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Its ensures that Ontario’s provincial parks protect significant natural, cultural and recreational environments, while providing ample opportunities for visitors to participate in recreational activities such as camping, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, wildlife viewing, day-use and natural heritage education. See Charleston Lake, Frontenac, Rideau River, Silver Lake, Murphys Point, Sandbanks, North Beach,Lake on the Mountain and Bon Echo. Also check out Frontenac, Sandbanks and Murphys Point Provincial Parks for cross-country skiing and/or snow-shoeing. Roofed accommodation is available at Charleston Lake (new yurt huts), Sandbanks (heritage home and cottage) and Bon Echo (rustic cabins and new yurts).

Operation Season: Year Round


Lansdowne, ON

Charleston Lake Provincial Park

148 Woodvale Rd, RR 4
Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0

Phone: 613-659-2065
Toll Free: 888-ONT-PARK
http://www.ontarioparks.com

A cold water lake located 65 kilometres from Kingston. A popular resort area in Ontario, the rugged rock landscape and gentle rolling hills that characterize this Ontario Provincial Park are the perfect backdrop for backpacking, hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing or camping.

Open the 2nd Friday in May until Canadian Thanksgiving.

Operation Season: May - October


Mallorytown, ON

Skywood Eco Adventure

1278 Thousand Islands Parkway
Mallorytown, ON K0E 1R0

Toll Free: 800-437-2233
[email protected]
http://www.skywoodzip.ca

Put some zip in your summer and visit Skywood Eco Adventure! Located in the heart of the 1000 Islands, Skywood Eco Adventure is Ontario’s newest and largest zip lining and canopy adventure experience. Skywood has five elements: an Adventure Park with 5 aerial courses; a Zip Tour featuring 8 linked zip lines that traverse the site; a Discovery/Kids’ Course offering elements similar to the aerial courses but geared toward children; an accessible Discovery Zip Line and a Treewalk Village, a network of colourful tree houses connected by ramps, nets and slides.


Thousand Islands National Park of Canada

Headquarters
2 Co. Rd 5, RR 3
Mallorytown, ON K0E 1R0

Phone: 613-923-5261
Toll Free: 888-773-8888
[email protected]
parkscanada.gc.ca/ti

Established by the Federal Government in 1904, Thousand Islands was the first National Park east of the Canadian Rockies. Located between Kingston and Brockville, it consists of more than 21 islands and a mainland base at Mallorytown Landing. Most islands have docks, trails, shelters and camping facilities. Access to islands is by boat only, but if you don’t have your own, take the opportunity to experience paddling into the park. Come discover the Visitor Centre at Mallorytown Landing, which features aquariums and small live animals, a kids activity area, a playground, a theatre and special exhibits.

Operation Season: May - October


Morrisburg, ON
Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village

13740 Co. Rd 2
Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0

Phone: 613-543-4328
Toll Free: 800-437-2233
[email protected]
http://www.uppercanadavillage.com

Experience an authentically recreated 1860s village, complete with three fully operational mills, flourishing farms, trades people and a busy social and domestic life. Period music & entertainment, horse drawn vehicles, children’s activities and boat rides. Battle of Crysler’s Farm 1812 Centre nearby. Special events include Pumpkinferno in October and Alight at Night in December.

Operation Season: May - December


Redwood, NY
Grand Lakes Reserve

Grand Lake Reserve and Hiking Trails

Burns Road
Redwood, NY 13679

Phone: 315-482-4757
[email protected]
www.indianriverlakes.org

The Grand Lake Reserve presents a spectacular landscape, rich with biological diversity, rugged geography and beautiful scenery. Nearly 6 miles of rustic trails include easy, moderate and challenging hikes. Trails feature scenic vistas of Butterfield and Grass Lakes, peaceful woodland walks, a historic sugar shack ruin and wildlife viewing including imperiled Golden-winged Warblers in a habitat restoration area. Trails at Grand Lake Reserve are open dawn till dusk. Maintained by the Indian River Lakes Conservancy; inquire about hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing opportunities at various preserves.

Operation Season: Year Round


Marc A. F. Baker Island Preserve

Marc A.F. Baker Island Preserve

Burns Road
Redwood, NY 13679

Phone: 315-482-4757
[email protected]
www.indianriverlakes.org

A remarkable property located on Grass Lake with more than 2.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Just a short paddle from the Grass Lake boat launch, the preserve is reachable only by water. The trail begins and ends at the dock located on the north end of the island. This easy hike affords multiple views of the western end of Grass Lake and surrounding wetlands. Hikers often see osprey, common loons and great blue herons. Maintained by the Indian River Lakes Conservancy; inquire about hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing opportunities at various preserves.

Operation Season: Year Round


Smiths Falls, ON

Voyageur Canoe Tours

Rideau Roundtable
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4S9

Phone: 613-269-3415
http://www.rideauroundtable.ca/voyageur.html

The Rideau Roundtable has partnered with Paddle Canada and Parks Canada to host interpretive tours along the Rideau Waterway! What makes these tours unique is they take place in 34-foot replica voyageur canoes with guides in voyageur costume. With up to 36 participants leisurely paddling in the two canoes (up to 18 per canoe), the tours explore both the natural and historical aspects of the Rideau Waterway. Our regular paddling instructors and guides provide paddling instruction and interpretation of nature and historical tales. A usual trip consists of being locked through a set of locks on the Rideau Canal, and exploring one of the significant wetlands which can be found along the river. Tours usually last around 1.5-hours. Tours are offered anywhere along the Rideau where there is launch access.


Watertown, NY

1000 Islands Bicycle Rentals

129 Mill St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-786-8800
[email protected]
https://www.1000islandsbicyclerentals.com

Enjoy the magnificent beauty of the 1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence River Region by bicycle! It doesn’t matter if you are on vacation or just looking for recreational activity we make it convenient and easy for you to do so. Our area has wonderful road, off-road, and bike path riding. You don’t have to cart your bike on vacation – we have them here for you.

We make renting a bike(s) extra easy.

Our Rentals are WEEKLY (Friday Delivery – Friday Pick-up). We supply a coded lock (emailed to you ahead of time) so if you are not there, they are waiting for you, and when you leave you just lock them up as arranged. Everything is done on-line and taken care of ahead of time. How simple is that!

  • Each Rental includes Bicycle and Helmet.
  • Rental Fee’s $100 per week (Friday-Friday).
  • * $40 delivery and pick-up charge per location (covers multiple bikes).
  • Pick-ups available at our 129 Mill St., Watertown, NY 13601 location if you wish to avoid delivery charge.
  • Daily Rates of $40 per day (only from Watertown Location – No Delivery), depending on availability.
  • We Only Accept USD
  • We Only Service New York State US

Please visit our website for further information, to select your bike size and to make your reservation!

Operation Season: Year Round


Dry Hill Ski Area

Dry Hill Ski Area

18160 Alpine Ridge Rd
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-8584
Toll Free: 800-379-8584
[email protected]
http://www.skidryhill.com

The Dry Hill Ski Area offers affordable family skiing, night skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. Instruction and rentals, food service and lounge are also available. We are conveniently located just south of Watertown. Wed-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Fri Noon-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-5pm.

Operation Season: December - March


Thompson Park

Thompson Park

1 Thompson Park
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-785-7775
https://www.watertown-ny.gov/index.asp?NID=140

Historic city-owned park overlooking Watertown from atop a hill with multiple access points. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the architect who designed Central Park in New York City. Thompson Park has acres of picnic and open space, is home to the New York State Zoo, an 18-hole golf course, playground, stone stairways and pavilions, tennis courts, walking and cycling trails and an outdoor skating area. Picnic areas can be reserved for gatherings. The park contains the Thompson Park Vortex, a constantly relocating location said to mysteriously teleport visitors to other areas of the park without explanation – a favorite among spooky enthusiasts. The park is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m., year-round.

Operation Season: Year Round


Tug Hill Region – NYS Tug Hill Commission

317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-785-2380
[email protected]
http://www.tughill.org

Tug Hill is a 2,100-square-mile rural and remote region of New York State, located between Lake Ontario and the Adirondacks. The region is heavily forested and receives the heaviest snowfall in the eastern United States. The headwaters of several major rivers spring from the region’s core forests. The region consists of 41 towns (containing 21 villages) in portions of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and Oswego counties. With just over 100,000 people, about 50 people per square mile, one of Tug Hill’s most notable characteristics is its relative lack of people.

Operation Season: Year Round


Wolfe Island, ON

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