Update August 30th: Swimming at Wellesley Island is closed for the remainder of the season
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.
2016 Camping Season: 5/6 - 10/10
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:
5/6 - 6/17: 8AM to 4PM
6/18 - 9/5: 8AM to 9PM
9/6 - 10/10: 8AM to 4PM
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.
Day Use (Peak) $7
After 4 PM $5
Bus Use (Daily)
Non Profit $35
Toll Booth Hours:
5/6 - 6/17: 7:30AM to 4PM; 6:30AM to 8:30 PM (Fri-Sun)
6/18 - 9/5: 6:30AM to 8:30PM
9/6 - 10/10: 7:30AM to 4PM
Day Use (Peak) $7
Day Use (NonPeak) $6
Overnight (No Elec) $19 (prime)
14 foot / 15 HP:
Half Day $30
Full Day $50
16 foot / 20 HP:
Half Day $40
Full Day $75
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
Non-NYS resident (weekly) $25
Non-NYS resident (daily) $6.25
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:
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Look and listen for these birds at our Park:
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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.
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.
Join us at the Nature Center for this family friendly fall day. Come enjoy craft and food vendors, live music, farm animals, arts and crafts, a scarecrow contest, birds of prey demonstration, dog sled demonstrations, and more.
Children 12 & under $1 or free with non-perishable donation for local food pantry
Adults $3; Military & Seniors $2
Perfect for younger children, accompanied by an adult. A naturalist will first read two stories to the children and then lead the group in an activity (a hike or craft, weather dependent) themed to match the stories.
Join us on a hike to search for signs of fall along our trails. We may even gather nuts for Scrappers, our chipmunk, to eat this winter and supplies for natural garland we are planning to make at our annual Holiday Bonanza.
We will be making luminaries for our October 30th program all day. Please come and help if you can. Please call to let us know if you plan on coming to volunteer. If these dates do not work for you but you are interested in helping us make luminaries, please call us to schedule a time.