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Wellesley Island State Park

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Address
44927 Cross Island Road
Fineview, NY 13640
Latitude 44.316555
Longitude -76.020454

Wellesley Island State Park has the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands region. Within this rustic paradise, fishing is excellent--particularly for smallmouth bass, pike, and muskie. To accommodate boaters, the park has a full service marina and three boat launches. A sandy beach on the river offers great swimming and sunbathing and there is a recreation barn and the 9-hole Wellesley Island State Park 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 accessible trail that includes access to picnic tables and the seasonal butterfly house. In July and August, a 16 passenger Voyageur Canoe program leaves the docks of the nature center, touring Eel Bay.

For the less rugged camper, there are regular tent/trailer sites and a cabin colony, including facilities for group camping and twelve vacation rentals, which will enable you to enjoy the sunset from the porch of a fully outfitted cottage. You can choose a two or three bedroom cottage with all the comforts of home, including a bathroom with shower, kitchen with refrigerator and stove, bedding, cooking utensils, dishes, glassware, silverware, etc. Outside each vacation rental, a picnic table and ground grill are provided for meals and evening campfires.

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Must have proof of current rabies vaccination - certificate inoculation or dated collar tag. Household pets only, caged or on a leash, not more than 6 feet. Not permitted in picnic or bathing areas. A pet-free, electric camping loop has recently been added. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Hours of Operation

  • Park open year round.
  • 2015 Swimming Season: 6/20 - 9/7, 11 am - 7 pm.
  • Boat Dockage & Rentals: 5/1 - 10/11
  • 2015 Camping Season: 5/1 - 10/11
    Cabins, Cottages: Available year-round.

    *Please note that this park offers RV camping, tent camping and full service cottages, which within the camping season time frame, may open later or close earlier. For more details, please call the park or visit http://www.newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com

    Registration Bldg. Hours:
    5/2 - 6/19: 8AM to 4PM
    6/20 - 9/7: 8AM to 9PM
    9/8 - 10/14: 8AM to 4PM
    10/15 - 5/2 7:30AM to 4PM

  • Trails are open year round from dawn to dusk. Hunting for deer and waterfowl are permitted in season.
  • Shelter Reservations (2): 5/22 - 9/7, by permit

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Beach
  • Day Use (Peak) $7
    After 4 PM $5

    Bus Use (Daily)
    Commercial $75
    Non Profit $35

    Toll Booth Hours:
    Opening - 6/13: 7:30AM to 4PM
    7:30AM to 8:30 PM (Fri-Sun)
    6/14 - 9/7: 7:30AM to 8:30PM
    9/8 - Close: 7:30AM to 4PM

  • Boat Dockage
  • Campers $12
    Day Use (Peak) $7
    Day Use (NonPeak) $6
    Overnight (No Elec) $19 (prime)

    Surcharges
    Weekend/Hol $4
    Out-of-State $5
    Pumpout $5

  • Boat Rental
  • 14 foot / 15 HP:
    Half Day $30
    Full Day $50
    Week $250

    16 foot / 20 HP:
    Half Day $40
    Full Day $75
    Week $375

  • Cabins
  • Weekly: $266-$294
    Daily: daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge

    Non NYS resident fee:
    Weekly $28
    Daily $7
  • Campsites
  • $18-$36/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
  • Cottages
  • Weekly - 3 BR (Peak) $800
    Weekly - 3 BR (NonPeak) $600
    Daily - 3 BR $125
    Weekly - 2 BR (Peak) $700
    Weekly - 2 BR (NonPeak) $500
    Daily - 2 BR $100

    Surcharges
    Non-NYS resident (weekly) $25
    Non-NYS resident (daily) $6.25

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Firewood source maps show a 50-mile radius from which untreated firewood may be moved to this campground. For more information see firewood restrictions.

Highlights of Wellesley Island State Park:

  • Wellesley Island State Park has the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands, which includes wilderness campsites that can only be accessed by foot or boat.
  • The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center has nine miles of hiking trails, and 5 miles of cross country ski and snow shoe trails. The nature center is open year round. During the winter months you can visit the fire place to warm up and visit with other explorers. The trails have a diversity of habitat: field, forest, wetlands and views of the Saint Lawrence River.
  • Take a trip in our 36 foot long Voyageur Canoe! The canoe travels along the water's edge for a 3 mile paddle while a naturalist points out geological features that make up the Thousand Islands. Voyages are in July and August.
  • Wellesley Island, the island Wellesley Island State Park resides on, has an internal body of water called the Lake of the Isles, which nearly doubles the island's waterfront.
  • Bald eagles can be spotted in the park.
  • Use of Wellesley Island began in 1898, when there was a small settlement and the primary use of the land included crop and dairy farming, and grazing of cattle and sheep. It became a state park in the 1950's when the owner gave the land to the park commission.
  • Located in the St. Lawrence River corridor, the natural areas of the park are primarily forest communities and open wetland complexes.
  • There are 18 different natural community types within the park, 3 of which are considered significant ecological communities and take up almost half of the acres of community types in the park.

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Wellesley Island State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Leave all natural objects as you find them.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Use extra caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear warnings.
  • Don't litter.
  • Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.
  • Be careful with your fire.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: What kind of fish are in the St. Lawrence River?

A: If you fish in the St. Lawrence River, you may catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, bullheads or various types of panfish.

Q: What is suitable clothing for the trails?

A: Sneakers, or boots, are appropriate for footwear – no flip flops or high heels. Long pants will protect your legs, and bug spray will help avoid bug bites.

Q: Can strollers be used on the trails?

A: It is not recommended to use strollers on the trails. Most trails are rugged with roots and rocks that stick up. It is recommended to have a back pack for your child.

Q: Can dogs walk on the trails?

A: Yes, as long as they are on a six foot leash and have proof of rabies vaccination.

Q: How do I avoid poison ivy?

A: In order to avoid Poison Ivy, one needs to know what it looks like. If you're not familiar with it, Google it, download a picture and print it out so you can carry it with you. You can catch poison ivy from any part of the plant, so learn how to identify leaves and vines. Poison Ivy is very common and grows throughout the preserve on trees and on the ground. To be on the safe side, don't brush up against or touch vegetation you're not familiar with. If you think you have come in contact with poison ivy, wash that area thoroughly with a product like Technu, which washes the poison ivy oils away.

Q: What should I do if I see a male deer with antlers?

A: Usually deer are more afraid of us than we are them. However, if it's the rutting season, male deer can be more aggressive and territorial because they're vying for mating privileges with does. Don't panic. Stop. Slowly back away and if possible, return the same way you came. If the deer snorts and starts toward you, get behind the largest tree you can and summon help as soon as possible.

Did You Know?

- DID YOU KNOW? You can tell a male and female monarch butterfly apart by looking at the hind wing. If there is a bulb on the back of the hind wing, the butterfly is a male. You can get a closer look at the monarch butterfly at our seasonal Butterfly House. The house is open July and August.

- CHECK IT OUT! Beavers have forever-growing teeth. They need their teeth to continuously grow to be able to gnaw and chew trees. They use trees to build homes (lodges), build dams, and gather food. Beaver activity can be found in east trail wetlands.

 

  • Archery hunting, in designated areas, by permit only. Beginning October 1st. Please contact the park for more information.

Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2479

Come join us at Wellesley Island State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.

Register Now

Contact event coordinator Molly Farrell for more information: molly.farrell@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Sat 07 May
20th annual Ready Set Fun Bookfest at the Bruce M. Write Memorial Conference Center in Watertown
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

A literacy-based event which uses a series of interactive activity booths provide by many organization to connect literacy to a variety of real- world situations a child may experience

Sat 21 May
Run Wild
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join us for the 4th Annual Run Wild 5K Run/Walk. Race Day Registration begins at 8:00am and the 5K race starts at 10:00am. The $15 registration fee includes a long-sleeved t-shirt for the first 100 registrants. To preregister for the race, download the registration form at www.MACnaturecenter.com and mail your check and completed form to the Nature Center. You can also pick up a form at the Nature Center.

Registration: Required
Sat 28 May
Celebration For the Birds: Two Day Event
Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Sunday, May 29, 2016
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Together the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority,Minna Anthony Common Nature Center & the Thousand Islands LandTrust (TILT) bring you an exciting two day birding event, featuring a variety of workshops for kids, families, birders and birders-in-training to enjoy!

Saturday May 28th, 2016

11am - Boldt Castle, Heart Island - Alexandria Bay

Kick-off with the annual "Birds of Prey" event featuring Master Falconer Rick West to educate, engage and entertain visitors with hawks, owls, falcons & more. Additional activities will include learning how to identify birds by sight and sound and attract birds to your back yard.

Saturday May 29th, 2016

7am - 9am Various Locations

10am - Zenda Farms Preserve - Clayton

Join us for in the field active birding from 7am to 9am with regional birding experts - four different locations in the region to choose from! Identify birds by sight and sound and don't forget your binoculars! Afterwards, join us at Zenda Farms Preserve at 10am for a conversationwith experts and enthusiasts on bird conservation and habitat restoration in the Thousand Islands region. Please pre-register by calling (315) 686-5345.

Sat 28 May
Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale
Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Help the Nature Center raise funds to maintain our gardens at our Annual Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale. We will have an assortment of native flowering plants and more for sale. Incorporating native plants into your landscaping can help provide valuable food resources and shelter to local bird and wildlife species.

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Did You Know? If a monarch has a bulb on it's hind wing, it's a male butterfly. No bulb means it's a female.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabins (Accessible)
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Cottages
  • Dockage
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Group Camping (Accessible)
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Marina
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails (Accessible)
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Powerboats
  • Scenic Views
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing