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Henderson Harbor

Henderson Harbor offers deep water dockage in a sheltered Lake Ontario bay. Sailors will find Henderson Harbor one of the best cruising areas on the Great Lakes due to the steady winds coming off the end of the lake. The harbor entrance is well marked and there are accommodations and restaurants nearby. For those with a love of fishing, the adjacent waters abound in salmon, walleye, lake trout, steelhead and northern pike. The shoal waters around the harbor and the islands are literally swimming with smallmouth bass.

Wehle State Park, one of the newest parks in the region, is nearby.

Chaumont Bay

Chaumont-Three Mile Bay area is at the eastern end of Lake Ontario known as the Golden Crescent—the largest fresh water bay in the world! The community is famous for its historic homes, and excellent fishing. This unique bay with Point Peninsula and Pillar Point providing the entrance has rocky shores, varying water depths, weed and rocky bottoms and shoals for spawning. It offers some of the finest family fishing opportunities on the continent for bass, walleye, perch, pike, bullhead, lake trout and salmon. The Chaumont Yacht Club, Crescent Yacht Club and Adams Chaumont Bay Marina offer visiting boaters a full range of marine services. To reach Chaumont Bay by boat, go past Point Peninsula and enter both Chaumont and Guffin Bays through the passage between Point Peninsula and Pillar Point. You’ll spot Cherry Island before coming to Independence Point at the northeast end of the Bay. The point forms two bays: Chaumont on the northwest and Sawmill on the southeast. A buoy and day marker marks the channel to the harbor.

For further information visit www.chaumontchamber.com.

Cape Vincent

The village of Cape Vincent is a popular fishing location situated where the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario meet. Boaters will instantly spot the historic Tibbets Point Lighthouse, whose light has been guiding ships for more than 180 years. Known as “The Home of the Gamey Black Bass and the Gateway to Muskie LandE Cape Vincent offers fishermen the chance to try their luck on their own or with experienced guides. Pike, bass and walleye tournaments are held annually and to learn about local area fish visit the Fisheries Station and Aquarium.

There are several marinas in the area and visitors should have no trouble finding a dock. Cape Vincent is a busy tourist destination in the summer months so booking dockage ahead of time is a good idea. Besides fishing and sightseeing, there’s plenty of opportunity for sailing, canoeing, swimming, scuba diving and picnicking on “The Cape.ENumerous hotels, motels, cottages, inns and bed and breakfast spots are available to supply your accommodation.

Originally the territory of the Onondaga natives, Cape Vincent was settled by the French in the late 18th century. This year, residents and thousands of visitors will once again celebrate their French Heritage with the annual French Festival. Events include concerts, fireworks, children’s activities, exhibits and artists and crafters lining the streets. There’s even a fun-filled parade led by Napoleon. There is a Cape connection to this famous French Emperor. A home was built here for Napoleon to retire to but alas he died in exile and never made it. With special dinners, music festivals, art shows, yard sales and sporting events, a local museum and a Saturday FarmersEand CraftersEMarket in July and August, there are lots of activities to keep boaters and other visitors occupied. Cape Vincent is the official US Customs Port of Entry in New York State from May to October. The Cape also has the only international ferry in New York State that runs regular service to Wolfe Island in Ontario.

For further information visit www.capevincent.org.

Clayton

Nestled along the northern edge of New York State and minutes from the Canadian border, the village of Clayton sits on a peninsula jutting into the magnificent St. Lawrence River.

And Clayton is definitely the port of call for those who admire the workmanship and beauty found in antique boats. This is the home of The Antique Boat Museum situated on one of the loveliest protected harbors in the Thousand Islands. Day docking is available for Museum visitors arriving by boat. Inside and on the water visitors will see over 100 beautiful and fascinating “classic woodiesEranging from canoes, St. Lawrence Skiffs and boats with a disappearing prop to powerful speedboats and luxury day cruisers.

Six exhibit buildings are chalk full of displays showing the Museum’s collection of pleasure boats plus nautical and historic memorabilia. This centre has one of the finest collections on the continent and each summer hosts the annual Antique Boat Show and Auction the first weekend in August. This fun-filled event even provides visitors the opportunity to take boat rides on some of these classic gems and really experience what boating was like in yesteryear when wood not fiberglass was king! Tour “La DuchesseEa 106-foot Gilded Age houseboat donated to the museum. Two brass fireplaces, seven bedrooms and a Steinway piano create an atmosphere that steps you back in time.

The municipal dock and boat launch are just steps away from the Antique Museum and accommodate overnight guests. The village docks are near Frink Memorial Park downtown.

The Thousand Islands Museum in downtown Clayton depicts a replica village square with special exhibits of world class muskies caught in the area and hunting decoys from past to present. Don’t miss the annual Decoy and Wildlife Art Show held the third weekend in July. For those with a taste for arts and crafts, The American Handweaving Museum and Arts Centre bring the visual arts alive through instruction, exhibits and demonstrations. In the mood for entertainment, then be sure to check out what’s playing at the Clayton Opera House. This historic centre has undergone a major face-lift and offers an excellent and varied menu of musical entertainment appealing to any visitor. Visit the web site at www.claytonoperahouse.com.

Clayton’s prime waterfront location offers the opportunity to step ashore for some unique shopping. Sample casual and fine dining experiences at a number of the community’s waterside hotels and restaurants. The views are free and spectacular.

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce can provide information on the entire area. It also hosts a variety of activities and shows such as the Great New York Wine and Food Festival, the Waterfront Concert Series and FarmersEMarket at Frink Park every Thursday during the summer.

For further information visit www.1000Islands-Clayton.com.

Fisher's Landing

Sheltered by the Thousands Islands US Bridge, Fisher’s Landing is nestled between Clayton and Alexandria Bay. Once a very busy port during prohibition, the Landing is now a friendly, peaceful community with a first rate marina and restaurant that’s a favorite with boaters and landlubbers alike.

Alexandria Bay

Alex Bay or The Bay as it is known locally is the summer fun capital in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Of the 1,860 islands that dot the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands region, many of the most amazing can be found in and around Alexandria Bay. For more than a century the village has been a “must stopEport of call during the busy summer cruising season. Here traveling boaters find excellent docking facilities along with marinas and waterfront resorts that cater to boating and land based visitors alike. Resorts and the village centre offer fine dining and great entertainment opportunities.

This stretch of the St. Lawrence around A-Bay even features two historic island castles, the Boldt Castle on Heart Island and the Singer Castle on Dark Island about 10 miles easterly. In between is Millionaires Row, a collection of privately held islands featuring family compounds that display the opulence and architectural individuality of a grand bygone era.

Alexandria Bay is just a short distance by boat from the international border with Canada and anyone wishing to cross back and forth between the two countries must first check in by phone with Customs.

The Chamber of Commerce sponsored family events draw huge crowds throughout the tourist season. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days is a 10-day event featuring an invasion complete with Pirate ships and infantry defending the town and town wide parade. It’s a great time to party, dress as a buccaneer and join the celebration or simply watch from the “safetyEof the sidelines and witness the roving staged sword fights. The annual Poker Run draws some of the top boats to this high powered event and the Village docks are packed with competitors and the curious wanting to see and hear these big machines up close and friendly.

While there’s never a shortage of evening entertainment to enjoy around town, the Blues on the Bay, an annual event featuring local and international Blues artists in open air concerts and fireworks over Boldt Castle is not to be missed.

And don’t forget the St. Lawrence River offers world class fishing with Alexandria Bay rated as one of the 10 top fishing locations in the US if you’re of a mind to wet a line.

For further information visit www.alexbay.org.

Schermerhorn

Located midway between Alexandria Bay and Morristown and just off the Seaway Trail (Rte 12), the community of Schermerhorn Landing has a full service marina with the welcome sign out for visiting boaters. It has summer dockage, gas, pumpout, showers and laundry facilities. The facility also offers cottages and boat rentals, a tackle and bait shop, a convenience store and hair salon and is close to a variety of restaurants and other traditional transient attractions.

The waters are teaming with pan fish. Large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, catfish and the elusive muskie await the lucky fishermen who haunt these popular angling waters. In other words it’s a “fishing haven.E/p>

For further information visit www.schermerhornharbor.com.

Morristown

Named for Governor Morris, one of the signers of the US Constitution, Morristown is one of the original ten towns established under the Macomb Grand Purchase in 1787. First called The Hague, it officially became known as Morristown in 1821 by an act of the State Legislature.

Settlers continued to arrive in town and along the shores of Black Lake. By the time of the Civil War there were 16 one room schools, eight churches, four cheese factories, three blacksmith shops and five sawmills.

Morristown is situated by a well protected bay that makes it a popular mooring place with boaters. In addition to the town docks, boaters have access to several other marine facilities. Come ashore and discover all Morristown has to offer. It’s steeped in history too.

Morristown’s primary (and colorful) industry was the manufacture and export of Dr. Morse’s Indian Root Pills Ea 19th century cure all. Today, the town is noted for its 12 sturdy stone homes and the landmark stone windmill located in Chapman Village Park, the only windmill on the American side of the St. Lawrence River region. Built about 1825, it was abandoned after its owner drowned just a year after completion. It then served as a local jail. In World War II it was operated as an Air Warning Post. It is just one of seven Morristown structures listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites.

For further information visit www.morristown-ny.com.

Ogdensburg

Ogdensburg is located where the Oswegatchie River flows into the St. Lawrence, at the eastern end of the Thousand Islands Region across from Prescott and just upstream from the International Bridge. Ogdensburg was incorporated as the first village in St. Lawrence County in 1817. Now a city of 13,000 residents, the community combines a friendly smalltown atmosphere with the cultural opportunities commonly found in a large centre.

Home to the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg offers a wide variety of restaurants and dining establishments, accommodations and shops. The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge crosses the St. Lawrence just east of the city. The greenbelt along the St. Lawrence includes a boat launch, docks, picnicking area, playground, tennis court and community pool.

For further information visit www.ogdensburg.org.

Massena

Massena was established in 1792 when Anabel Faucher leased land from Canadian Indians who had received it as part of a treaty. Named for Napoleon Bonaparte’s general Andre Massena, the community’s first settlers came to the area from the neighboring state of Vermont. The Mohawk Indians called the Massena settlement “NikentsiakeEwhich means where the fish live.

Enjoy lazy summer days boating and fishing on the most scenic freshwater river you’ll ever stick your feet into. Cruise the 1000 Islands or fish the deep waters from prized-sized carp and muskie. Enjoy three riversides, sandy beaches or sleep under the stars in one of Massena’s campgrounds. Pack a lunch and spend a day with the kids at one of our neighborhood playgrounds. Spread the blanket and enjoy concerts in the park or fireworks.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Visit Centre is one of Massena’s busiest tourist attractions as hundreds of ship watchers visit the locks each year. The St. Lawrence River is enjoyed all year long by boaters, freshwater and ice fishermen. Massena is also home to the state of the art exhibit on energy and electricity at the New York Power Authority’s Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitor Centre.