Wellesley Island State Park (2022)

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Address
44927 Cross Island Road
Fineview, NY 13640

Thousand Islands Region

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Latitude 44.316555

Longitude -76.020454

  • General Information: (315) 482-2722

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Pet Policy

A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

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Wellesley Island State Park is the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands region with 432 campsites. Within this rustic paradise, fishing is excellent--particularly for perch, smallmouth bass, pike, and muskie. 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 Camp Store, Laundromat, Arcade 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 educational displays, gift shop, varied habitats such as wooded wetlands, 3 miles of shoreline and open granite outcrops, and miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 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 56 campsites in the Fox loop that offer full hook-up. There are also regular tent/trailer sites with electrical hook-ups, a cabin colony, 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.

Pavilion Information
Wellesley Island has one pavilion. The day use price is $100 and can accommodate up to 100 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com.

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park open year round.
  • Minna Anthony Common Nature Center: Open Daily

    9am- 3pm

    *ClosedChristmas and Thanksgiving
  • 2022 Swimming Season: 6/25 - Late August, 10 am -6 pm.
  • 2022 Boat Dockage & Rentals: 5/6 - 10/9
  • 2022 Camping Season: 5/6 - 10/9
    2022 Cabin Season: 4/29 - 11/26
    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 for 2022 season:
    5/6 - 6/22: 8AM to 4PM (8am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday)
    6/22 - 9/4: 8AM to 9PM
    9/5 - 10/10: 8AM to 4PM (8am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday)

  • Trails are open year round from sunrise to sunset. Hunting for deer, turkey and waterfowl are permitted in season by permit only. Please contact park for more information.
  • Shelter Reservations (1): 5/6 - 10/10, 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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Beach
  • Day Use (Peak) $7

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

    Toll Booth Hours for 2022 season:
    5/6 - 6/22: 7:30AM to 4PM; (6:30AM to 8:30 PM Thurs, Fri, Sat)
    6/23 - 9/4: 6:30AM to 8:30PM
    9/5 - 10/10: 7:30AM to 4PM (6:30AM to 8:30 PM Thurs, Fri, Sat)

  • 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

    (Video) Wellesley Island State Park in RV - Great Lakes Seaway Trail
  • Boat Rental
  • 14 foot / 15 HP/ 4 person/ 675 lbs. maximum weight (passengers and gear)
    $25 per hour
    $100 per day
    $400 per week


    16 foot / 20 HP/ 6 person/ 780 lbs. maximum weight (passengers and gear)
    $35 per hour
    $150 per day
    $600 per week

  • Camping
  • Campsites:
    $18-$36/night*

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents

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

    Non NYS resident fee:
    Weekly $28
    Daily $7

    Cottages:
    Weekly - 3 BR (Peak) $1,000
    Weekly - 3 BR (NonPeak) $600
    Daily - 3 BR $125
    Weekly - 2 BR (Peak) $840
    Weekly - 2 BR (NonPeak) $500
    Daily - 2 BR $100

    Non NYS resident fee:
    Weekly $28
    Daily $7

Maps

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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.

  • Firewood Source Map (pdf)
  • Wellesley Island Park Map (pdf)
  • Marina Map (pdf)
  • Google Earth file (kmz)
  • Trail Map (pdf)

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!

(Video) The Crown Jewel of New York's State Parks...Wellesley Island...

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.
  • Park Description
  • Hours Of Operation
  • Getting There
  • Maps
  • Nature Up Close
  • Hunting

Did You Know?Beavers need their teeth to continuously grow to gnaw and chew trees.

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging (Accessible)
  • Dockage
  • Fishing
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Marina
  • Nature Center
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach
  • Visitor Center
  • Documents
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FAQs

Where is Wellesley Island located? ›

Wellesley Island in Jefferson County, New York, United States is partially in the Town of Orleans and partially in the Town of Alexandria.

Are dogs allowed at Wellesley Island State Park? ›

A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff.

What town is Wellesley Island State Park in? ›

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.

How much does it cost to get into Moreau State Park? ›

Please call the park office to confirm event date, time and location. There is a program fee of $5 per adult and $1 per child. Moreau Lake has three pavilions/tents. Prices range from $100 to $150 and can accommodate 50 to 120 people.

Is Wellesley Island in New York or Canada? ›

Wellesley Island State Park is a 2,636-acre (10.67 km2) state park located on Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River in the Town of Orleans in Jefferson County, New York.

Who owns Wellesley Island? ›

It is a locality within the Shire of Mornington local government area. The traditional owners of the islands are the Lardil people. In the 2016 census, the Wellesley Islands had a population of 1,136 people, all living on the largest island, Mornington Island.

How long is Wellesley Island? ›

Get to know this 2.3-mile loop trail near Wellesley Island, New York. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 50 min to complete. This is a popular trail for camping, fishing, and hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day.

How was Thousand Islands formed? ›

Glaciers retreated 10,000 years ago scraping sediments and exposing the rounded knobs of an ancient mountain chain. When the St. Lawrence River flooded the area on its path to the Atlantic Ocean, 1000 hilltops became the 1000 Islands.

What is Wellesley Island ZIP code? ›

ZIP Code 13640
Post Office City:Wellesley Island, NY (View All Cities)
County:Jefferson County
Timezone:Eastern (12:15pm)
Area code:315 (Area Code Map)
Coordinates:44.33, -75.98 ZIP (~6 mile radius)

Can you swim in Moreau Lake? ›

Moreau Lake State Park is a secluded retreat, - a calm and peaceful beach and waterfront nestled among thick forestry. From camping to picnicking, swimming to hiking, skiing to fishing, there's always something for you to do, regardless of the season.

How long is Moreau Lake? ›

3.6 miles

Are dogs allowed at Moreau State Park? ›

Dogs are allowed at Moreau Lake State Park Campground, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet when outside your vehicle, and properly cleaned up after. Dogs are allowed at the tent sites, but not the cabins, and may not be left unattended. Other restrictions may apply.

What is the largest island in the Thousand Islands? ›

Not Just 1000 Islands

The largest are Wolfe Island, which is 27 miles long by 9 miles wide and Howe Island which is 9 miles long by 3 miles wide. Both have year-round residents and are accessible by ferry. There are other notable islands, such as a pair of islands called Zavikon Island.

Is Thousand Islands in the USA or Canada? ›

Thousand Islands Islands National Park (Canada) is a group of 21 islands along the 1000 Islands Parkway, Ontario, that are open to the public.

How many islands are in the Thousand Islands? ›

Something of a misnomer, the Thousand Islands are actually made up of an incredible 1,864 islands, constituting one of the American continent's largest archipelagos.

Who owns Hopewell Hall? ›

PROPERTY INFORMATION

Only one family has graced this property since the famous Boldt family and they have lovingly restored the ENTIRE property to its former mansion like presence.

Do you need a passport to go to Thousand Islands? ›

Do I need a passport? Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises stay entirely in Canadian waters, so no passport is required for any of our cruises.

What is special about Thousand Islands? ›

The Thousand Island region is known for having some of the best freshwater wreck diving in the world with a dozen wrecks at the bottom of the river. The water of the St Lawrence River and Eastern Lake Ontario is remarkably clear, thanks to the resident algae-eating zebra mussels, meaning visibility is excellent.

Why is it called Thousand Island? ›

History. According to The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, the dressing's name comes from the Thousand Islands region, located along the upper St. Lawrence River between the United States and Canada.

What exit is Moreau State Park? ›

To get to Moreau Lake State Park's main parking area, drive on I-87 (Adirondack Northway) to Exit 17S. Take the Exit and drive southwest on Saratoga Road/Route 9 for a short distance to Old Saratoga Road.

Can you fish at Moreau State Park? ›

Moreau Lake has excellent fishing for both largemouth bass and rainbow trout. Because of its depth it provides a refuge for the trout during the hot summer days.

What county is Moreau NY? ›

Located on the Hudson River in northeastern Saratoga County, the Town of Moreau is 15 miles from the Saratoga Race Track, Racino, and Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

How many acres is Moreau Lake? ›

The state's acquisition of the OSI-protected property brings the Moreau Lake State Park's total acreage to 6,250 acres, making it one of the ten largest parks in the state park system.

How many fish can you have in re8? ›

You Need 14 Fish For All Recipes

Rummage through the locations listed above and get all if possible. Make sure to also get the missable ones in the Flooded Houses!

Are dogs allowed in Fern Canyon? ›

Dogs are prohibited in Fern Canyon and on all trails within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Dogs are allowed on the beach, in campgrounds, in parking lots, and on roads within the park, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

Are dogs allowed at Torrey Pines State beach? ›

Torrey Pines prohibits dogs anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within a vehicle).

Are dogs allowed on Angel Island? ›

Dogs are NOT allowed on the island, service animals excepted. This does not include the use of emotional support animals which are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

How was Thousand Islands formed? ›

Glaciers retreated 10,000 years ago scraping sediments and exposing the rounded knobs of an ancient mountain chain. When the St. Lawrence River flooded the area on its path to the Atlantic Ocean, 1000 hilltops became the 1000 Islands.

What is Wellesley Island ZIP code? ›

ZIP Code 13640
Post Office City:Wellesley Island, NY (View All Cities)
County:Jefferson County
Timezone:Eastern (12:15pm)
Area code:315 (Area Code Map)
Coordinates:44.33, -75.98 ZIP (~6 mile radius)

Do you need a passport to go to Thousand Islands? ›

Do I need a passport? Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises stay entirely in Canadian waters, so no passport is required for any of our cruises.

What is special about Thousand Islands? ›

The Thousand Island region is known for having some of the best freshwater wreck diving in the world with a dozen wrecks at the bottom of the river. The water of the St Lawrence River and Eastern Lake Ontario is remarkably clear, thanks to the resident algae-eating zebra mussels, meaning visibility is excellent.

Why is it called Thousand Island? ›

History. According to The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, the dressing's name comes from the Thousand Islands region, located along the upper St. Lawrence River between the United States and Canada.

Videos

1. WPBS TV; Wellesley Island State Park Segment
(WPBS-TV)
2. Explore Wellesley Island Pt1.
(Journey to Adventures)
3. Wellsley Island SP - One of a Thousand Islands
(Camping Companions)
4. Scenes From Wellesley Island State Park
(Edmund Ressler)
5. Wellesley Island State Park
(Family Adventures in New York State)
6. OUR TRIP TO WELLESLEY ISLAND STATE PARK 🌿
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