Part of our Regional Camping in New York State Series

In this post, we focus on camping in the Thousand Islands Seaway Region. The Thousand Islands are a group of over 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River, in both the U.S. and Canada. It's a great area for camping, as there are many outdoor activities and water-based activities. 

Thousand Islands Camping
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The Thousand Islands are a great place to find a lakeside campsite and wake up to the most amazing view. Not to mention the sunsets:

Thousand Island Camping
Photo courtesy of Emma Percy

There is so much to explore in the Thousand Islands region of New York. You can take your boat out for some beautiful scenic views, day or night or travel by land along the region's scenic byways. With activities all year round, you don’t have to limit yourself to just camping during the warm seasons.

Here are just a few activities the Thousand Islands region has to offer.

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle is a beautiful 20th century mansion with 120 rooms. There is no set tour guide, so you are able to tour the house at your leisure. While renovations to the castle are ongoing, there are many rooms that are complete. The castle tour includes visual aids explaining each room, details about who lived in certain bedrooms, and a general history of the home.

Singer Castle

Singer Castle is a 28-room mansion built in the early 1900s. The Singer castle, that includes a 5-story clock tower, a 4-story boathouse, among many other attractions, was owned by the Frederic Bourne family, the original owners of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. One of the highlights of Singer Castle is the one-bedroom suite available for stay.

Uncle Sam Boat Tours

The Uncle Sam Boat Tours take you to visit Boldt Castle, Singer Castle, and Millionaires’ Row, a series of castles built on various islands in the Thousand Island region by business barons from New York City in the late 1800's.

Clayton Islands Tours

Clayton Islands Tours will take you by water to enjoy all of the scenery of the Thousand Islands. From the Rock Island Lighthouse tour, to the Glass Bottom Boat Tours, which give the tourists a chance to see all of the underwater life in the St. Lawrence River, there is always something new to see. 

Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Follow this 518 mile route to view the beauty of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. This driving route of the Seaway Trail will take you from New York to Pennsylvania, and bring you back in time, as it was the first road in America to be designated as a national Scenic Byway. When following the Seaway Trail, you will come upon many wineries, lighthouses, and amusement parks, along with dozens of other fun summer activities. These are some of the many reasons it was listed as one of Budget Travel’s Top 9 Great American Drives.

Fishing

Being surrounded by all of the freshwater in the Thousand Islands makes it nearly impossible to not want to go fishing. The St. Lawrence River hosts the Bassmaster Elite Series, a very competitive professional bass fishing tournaments. With 165 species of fish, people come from all over the world to experience a fishing trip like this.  

Historic Museums

The Thousand Islands Museum located in Clayton, NY is home to numerous exhibits that represent the vast history of the Thousand Islands region. From art to antiques and a comprehensive research library, the Thousand Islands Museum will give you a taste of the region, both past and present.

Cornwall Brothers Store and Museum, located in Alexandria Bay, is a museum that has many exhibits about Thousand Islands history. Originally built in 1866, this building was saved from being torn down in 1973. You can take a tour or explore on your own.

Another museum located in the Thousand Islands, Cape Vincent Historical Museum, is a site that was originally a place to house soldiers in the War of 1812. This building is one of the oldest buildings in the area.

Antique Boat Museum

This is the largest collection of antique and classic boats on display in North America! Open from May to November, the Antique Boat Museum includes wooden boats, speedboats, as well as rowing skiffs. Located on the St. Lawrence River, it's easily accessible from Boldt Castle and other activities mentioned above.

Where to Camp

You get the idea --  there are a lot of activities in the region, but what about camping? The Thousand Islands region offers numerous camping options. To locate a campground with the amenities you desire, visit the 1000 Islands Seaway region page under Explore NY. Here you will find a listing of CONY campgrounds in the region. Or do a more specific search using our Find Your Park search filter.

If you have yet to try camping in the Thousand Islands Seaway region, it should be added to your bucket list. For more information on the activities listed above, check out the I Love NY website.   


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