It’s natural beauty that keeps families coming back to the 1000 Islands year after year. Active visitors flock to the 1000 Islands to experience the vast woods and water in their favorite ways. The overwhelming majority of our visitors get here by personal vehicle, meaning the 1000 Islands is likely to be one of the earliest – and easiest – vacation destinations to reach once travel restrictions ease and our outdoor experiences will surely be what you need to breakout of the quarantine funk.
More than 15 New York State Parks dot Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and several islands. As of April, those park lands remain open to visitors and camping – which begins next month – is still on schedule. In Canada, the Parks of the St. Lawrence is a chain of historic and recreation sites found along the river. Comprised of 21 different islands in the St. Lawrence River and three mainland properties on the 1000 Islands Parkway, the Thousand Islands National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Canada. Those park lands are currently closed due to Covid-19 distancing advisories that are being reviewed regularly to reopen as soon as possible.
Cyclists and motorcycle riders love the slow pace of the open roads that run along our shorelines while cross-country skiers and hikers take advantage of numerous trails in public parks and maintained by nature conservancies. Nature preserves maintained by the Thousand Islands Land Trust and Indian River Lakes Conservancy are currently open and offer easy to moderately challenging trails.
In search of real, genuine wilderness? The Tug Hill Region starting around Watertown, is one of New York State’s truly last undeveloped lands. Walking, mountain biking, paddling and more including snowmobiling and dogsledding all happens on the Tug. See and download more than two dozen trail maps for non-motorized recreation via the digital Tug Hill Recreation Guide.
Experienced fishing guides and charter captains make catching – and eating – freshwater fish a reality for most.
Many also enjoy a taste of the rural life on the 1000 Islands Agricultural Tour, which includes stops at more than a dozen farms, wineries and crop stands.
For more daring fun like diving, whitewater rafting and other paddling activities, head to the Adventure Sports page.
Search the communities below to see what fun each has in store.
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