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Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

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Address
44927 Cross Island Road
Fineview, NY 13640
Latitude 44.306131
Longitude -76.033448

The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center is one of the largest nature centers in the state park system and in New York State. It sits on a pristine 600 acre peninsula of Wellesley Island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. There are 8 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of cross country ski trails. Highlights of a visit may include scenic views of the Thousand Islands from the trail vistas, a summer ride in the 36 foot Voyageur Canoe or a visit to the butterfly house which features native flora and butterflies.

A special geological feature of the center are the four glacial potholes along the scenic Eel Bay trail. The nature center overlooks Eel Bay, a unique habitat of the St. Lawrence River and a prime duck migration area well known for its pike, bass, bullhead and perch fishing. The nature center has dock located in Eel Bay allowing boaters access to the center and a place for patrons to fish.

Thousands of school children visit the center each year from fall through spring to learn about the environment. Each season features unique programs. Special wildlife sightings include watching for bald eagles on Eel Bay from late November to early January and again in late March and in the summer looking for osprey which nest in the park.

Contact the nature center staff for more information on school programs.

Hours of Operation

  • Open every day of the year except Christmas and Thanksgiving.
    From mid-October to mid-June, museum hours are 8 am-4 pm
    From mid-June to mid-October museum hours are 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • The hiking trails are open every day sunrise to sunset.
    During the winter cross country season the ski trails are open when conditions permit.
Mon 01 Aug
Canoe Ride
Monday, August 1, 2016 until Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Join us for the unique experience of paddling in our 36 foot voyageur canoe weekdays, except Monday, from 9-11 am or from 6-8 pm on Thursday, August 11th. At least 8 paddlers  are needed to take the canoe out. The experiences of the Voyageurs and shoreline ecology will be discussed as we paddle.  Preregistration is required - Call the Nature Center at 315-482-2479 for additional information. 
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Aug
Evening Kayak Tour
Saturday, August 27, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Participate in an American Canoe Association (ACA) Smartstart Kayaking class, look for signs of wildlife, and learn about River ecology as we paddle along the shorelines of Wellesley Island State Park. The ACA's Smartstart paddler orientation is perfect for anyone new to kayaking and will reiterate proper paddling technique for more experienced paddlers. Feel free to bring your own kayak, but if you need to rent a kayak please call the Nature Center (315-482-2479). We have three kayaks available for use and additional kayaks can be rented from Boomerang Kayak ($20/single; $25/tandem). Our kayaks will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. We will arrange to have rented kayaks delivered to the Park. The program will start in our parking lot. Please call 315-482-2479 for additional information. Preregistration is required.If you need to rent a kayak, please register before the day of the program. $5 per person.

Registration: Required
Sat 03 Sep
Spider’s Fishing Programs
Saturday, September 3, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Two programs are offered each day:

Basic Fishing from 11:00am to 1:00pm and

Basics of Fly Fishing from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Join Spider on the Nature Center dock as he shares his knowledge and love of fishing. Spider brings a limited number of fishing poles, hooks, bobbers, and worms. If you can bring your own tackle, it will allow for more participation in the program. This is a free program but donations are appreciated to defray the cost of this and other programs. All of Spider's programs are sponsored by Sampo.

Sat 01 Oct
Spider’s Fishing Programs
Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
(315) 482-2479

Two programs are offered each day:

Basic Fishing from 11:00am to 1:00pm and

Basics of Fly Fishing from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Join Spider on the Nature Center dock as he shares his knowledge and love of fishing. Spider brings a limited number of fishing poles, hooks, bobbers, and worms. If you can bring your own tackle, it will allow for more participation in the program. This is a free program but donations are appreciated to defray the cost of this and other programs. All of Spider's programs are sponsored by Sampo.

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