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WELLESLEY ISLAND STATE PARK, NY

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Sep 28 2015   Later Dates
434 site(s) found

Description

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. Within this rustic paradise, fishing is excellent--particularly for muskie in autumn. To accommodate boaters, the park has a full service marina and four boat launches. A sandy beach on the river offers great swimming and sunbathing and there is a recreation barn and 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.

Geography:

Wellesley Island State Park is located on Wellesley Island, in the St. Lawrence River. It is part of the Town of Orleans, in Jefferson County.

Recreation:

Park activities range from summertime beach swimming to wintertime hunting, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Visitors can enjoy many summer activities such as; biking, boating, jet & water skiing, fishing, golfing and hiking, No rental equipment is provided at the park.

Patrons can also visit the museum, participate in park-organized recreation activities and picnic. The Nature Center has a handicapped-accessible trail with access to picnic tables and the seasonal butterfly house.

Facilities:

The park offers a beach, a marina, boat launch sites, boating, boat dockage, cabins, campsites, dumping stations, showers, food concessions, a golf course, a nature trail, a museum and visitor center, picnic tables, a playground, and playing fields. Laundry facilities are also available at the camp store.

The park has facilities for group camping and twelve vacation rentals, which are fully outfitted cottages, with porches from which renters can enjoy the sunset.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby attractions include Canoe-Picnic Point State Park, Grass Point State Park, Dewolf Point State Park, Waterson Point State Park, and Wellesley Island State Park Golf Course.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Bath House
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Concession
  • Convenience Store
  • Cottages
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dock Slips
  • Dump Station
  • First Aid Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Hot Showers
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Jet-Skiing
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Ranger Station
  • Recreation Programs
  • Recycling Station
  • Sail Boating
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Volleyball
  • Water Fillup Station
  • Water Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Cultural Activities
  • Hospital
  • Restaurant
Alerts and Important Information
All Cabins and some cottages are now open YEAR ROUND

Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised, due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited and therefore cannot be a guaranteed activity. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.

To insure fairness for all NY customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 9-month Maximum Window can not be changed or cancelled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

Park office hours from Labor Day until mid June are 8am - 4pm, Mon - Fri. Please call the park for night time and weekend procedure. 315-482-2722.

Peak season: A person may be the primary site occupant for 14 total days of camping within a 16 day period. S/he must leave the park for 48 hours once they have stayed the maximum number of days allowed before beginning a new reservation.

PETS
  • If your site allows for pets, only 2 per site are permitted. Current rabies certificate required.
  • Pets must also be on a leash no longer than 6 feet long.
  • There are no pets allowed in the cottages or H area.
  • Beginning September 1, 2014 - H Area will allow pets.
  • It is preferred that sites within designated pet loops are chosen when using Service animals. They will be allowed elsewhere when these sites are not available or practical.
  • CAMPSITES

  • Each site allows for 2 tents or 1 RV and a small tent, unless otherwise noted.
  • F Loop: the primary camping unit MUST have sewage hookup.
  • C Loop: offers electric hookups, there are NO water or sewer hookups.
  • All prime sites are water sites except sites in the F Loop.
  • Looking to reserve for just 1-night? If you make your reservation within 3 days of your arrival you can book a 1-night stay online or through the Call Center. This applies only to campsites.
  • CABINS/COTTAGES

  • Cabins are now open YEAR ROUND.
  • Cottage and Cabin deposit required upon arrival.
  • ALL full service cottages are Pet Free.
  • Smoking is NOT permitted in the cabins or cottages.
  • Access Pass is not accepted for any of the Eel Bay Cottages.
  • MARINA

  • To reserve boats or boat slips please contact the Marina directly by phone at (315) 482-6503 from May 1st through Columbus Day.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    44.32917, -76.02417
    44°19'45"N, 76°1'27"W

    Take Route 81 to Exit 51, the Thousand Islands International Bridge. Cross the bridge to the park entrance. 315-482-2722

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    WELLESLEY ISLAND STATE PARK
    44927 CROSS ISLAND RD.
    FINEVIEW  NY  13640

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (315)482-2722