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Wellesley Island State Park
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Wellesley Island State Park
Description - Wellesley Island State Park is located 6 miles west of Alexandria Bay along the shores of the St. Lawrence River offering secluded campsites, a cabin area and even a group camping area. The recreation bar, swimming beach, Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, the nearly century old 9-hole golf course and a network of multi-use trails, attract all ages and abilities to this year-round park.

Attractions - Wellesley Island State Park has the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands region. Secluded wilderness sites nestled along the banks of the St. Lawrence River are accessible only by foot or boat. For the less rugged camper, there are regular tent / trailer sites and a cabin colony, including facilities for group camping. Within this rustic paradise, fishing is excellent--particularly for muskie in autumn. To accommodate boaters, the park has a marina and four boat launches. A sandy beach on the river offers great swimming and sunbathing and there is a recreation barn and an 80-year old 9-hole golf course on the Island. One of the main attractions of the park is the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, which includes a museum, varied habitats such as wooded wetlands, 3 miles of shoreline and open granite outcrops, and miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and nature education. The Nature Center provides educational and recreational programs for all ages. One special feature at the nature center is the 1/4 mile handicapped trail that includes access to picnic tables and the seasonal butterfly house.

Recreation - Wellesley Island State Park offers a swimming beach, bike trails, hiking trails, a nature trail, boat rental, boat launch site, power boating, fishing, marina, dockage, campground for tents and RVs,a group campground, a cabin area, a nature center, recreation programs, a children's playground and a 9-hole golf course. The park is open year round. Deer and waterfowl hunting are permitted in season. Many of the day use and overnight facilities are handicapped accessible.

The 80-year old golf course offers a practice chipping area, a practice green, pro shop, showers and snack bar. Green fees are $9 during the week and $10 on weekends. Power carts rent for $8 for 9-holes.

Climate - The Wellesley Island State Park area has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from below 14 degrees reaching to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 to -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average between 72 degrees and below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to below 20 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 to 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - Wellesley Island State Park is located 6 miles west of Alexandria Bay along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Access is off Interstate 81, Exit 51. Turn right at off-ramp and then right onto County Route 100. Continue straight approximately two miles.

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Filed By: Bryan Donovan (Lancaster NY 14086, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been going to Wellesley Island State Park "almost" every year of my life. I now have my own family. My sons and wife go with me every year now too. I can't tell you how special it was for me to read my 7 year old son's account of his summer trip when he wrote about the 1000 islands. He described the barn and fishing and boating just as I might have when I was his age. I grew up at that park. One thing that has been consistent throughout all the ups and downs in my life is visiting Wellesley. Every year I say I will skip it, but I find myself making reservations again. Once I get there and go onto the beach and in the water....the same beach I was on when I was a small kid, I remember why I came. I get to visit my youth again. If there is anybody else out there who can identify with what I am talking about please get a hold of me. Bwdonovan@yahoo.com. Oh by the way, this past year I jumped off the cliffs. I have not done that in at least 15 years. It was great! Start the tradition..........go to Wellesley!

Filed By: Art Murphy (Oneonta, ny)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and three children have been going there since our kids were small. This year we have a chance to bring our grandaughter.We are expecting all of our family this year to go with us like old times.Always had the best family vacations camping Wellesley Island.

Filed By: Mary Baum (Ames, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My husband and I have been going to the Thousand Island area for the last 8 years each summer. We've camped out in other campsites but love Wellesley Island the best. The hiking is great for the experienced or novice hiker. We will be there this year and are bringing my sister and her husband and his daughter who have never been in the area before. I can't wait to show them the sights and get in some good fishing.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Wellesley Island is a great place to take the family. The highlight for us was the minna anthony common nature center located right in the park. the 9 miles of trails, 36 foot voyageur canoe and great museum were all loved by my family. The summer programs offered also included a butterfly house, hikes and crafts.

Filed By: Jeanette (East Meadow, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've been camping there for over 15 yrs. Started with my parents, now I bring my kids. We go for the max 2 wks in tents. Love it!!! Meet alot of the same people each yr and we keep in contact to book near the same weeks. People,are very friendly. Packed on weekends, less so on the week days. Sept. is great! There's a beautiful village on the other side of the island that has the only grocery store there. There are convenice stores, Nutt In Fancy the best of them all by far. Small coffee shop type rest. Basic foods, good prices, heard the dinner specials were good. Much to see and do in the area. Both on Canadian and Amer sides. Will have to drive 1hr+ to see some, but worth it. Nearby towns (mainland) very touristy, see them once or twice, it's enough. DOGS ARE ALLOWED!! Bring rabies vaccine record. Don't expect to show up on a thurs fri or sat and get a site in summer. Not going to happen. Mid week you have a chance for a night or 2. Booking sites especially on h2o is tough. High competition on all prime sites. Overall , it's our favorite place. Summer wouldn't be summer with out it. Kids love to swim and snokel and fish off the rocks. Dogs love to swim as well. Sunsets are amezing!! Have even seen the Northern lights on a cool sept night.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: wellesley islaand state park is a wonderful place for boating, fishing, swimming etc. If you are looking for a secluded spot to camp. I would not suggest it it is a large park that is very busy from memorial day to labor day. If you have never experience the Thousand islands are it is a must see. rent or take your boat on the river and you can find peace and quiet if you look hard enough.

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Wellesley Island State Park, 44927 Cross Island Road , Fineview, NY, 13640, Phone: 315-482-2722

Additional Information:
New York State Golf Courses - The New York State Park system operates 27 full service golf courses with most offering club houses, power carts, pro shops, restaurants and more. Reservations may be made by calling the local state park golf course.
New York State Parks - The New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation offers 152 parks, 35 historic sites and 27 golf courses for all tastes, ages and abilities.
Thousand Islands Travel Region - The Saint Lawrence River and the great Lake Ontario offer beautiful sandy beaches, optimal fishing, sailing and boating opportunities. Numerous smaller waterways provide excellent fly fishing, paddle boating and whitewater sports. Military museums, forts and battlefields dot the landscape.

Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website


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