Lying in the North Country area of upstate New York close to the Canadian border, is Coles Creek State Park. Coles Creek State Park is the US’s ‘frontier’ state park and is accessible by Route 37, north of Potsdam, NY. Being only an hour’s drive south of Ottawa, ON, Cole Creek State Park is frequented by not only Americans but Canadians and is the perfect place to visit after in an RV rental.
Coles Creek State Park also straddles the St Lawrence River and offers Coles Creek State Park campers the chance to boat and fish along its waters. From hiking, fishing, and boating, there is something for everyone at Coles Creek State Park. Search for an RV in St Lawrence County and see what Coles Creek State Park can bring to your camping trips.
Coles Creek State Park lies along the St Lawrence River, so waterside recreation is one of the major draws for anyone bringing an RV rental here. Fishing, above all else, is what keeps campers returning here year on out. The river is home to many different species of fish, and it is a great challenge to any budding angler to catch as many as they can. Species here include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, pike, and perch. The bass fishing is particularly good, with many ‘Bassmaster fishing tournaments’ being held on the St Lawrence river ever year.
As well as fishing, boating at Coles Creek State Park is a great way to enjoy the local river. The park has a fully working marina at the mouth of Coles Creek, just north of the park’s entrance. The marina rents out a range of boats, ideal for those motorhome camping without their own. Kayaking is one of the park’s most enjoyable pastimes, and navigating the river from the local park beach is easily done. Those who wish to cool off with a swim in the St Lawrence River can do so at State Park’s designated ‘swimming beach.’
Coles Creek State Park is also a hotspot for those who like to hunt, whether during the season or offseason. During the camping season, those with a rental RV can park up with their hunting gear and hunt for the abundant waterfowl that call this park home. During the offseason, the park opens certain areas for deer hunting throughout its woodland areas, with many large-sized bucks hunted every year. How ever you choose to spend your time at Coles Creek State Park, there is something for everyone.
Camping at Coles Creek State Park
When you are camping with an RV at Coles Creek State Park, you will have a variety of choices. Pines Camping Area in the park features 25 sites for campers, and most are facing the waterfront. Although the location is ideal, there are no hookups for RV’s. The rest of the park’s campgrounds within the park are divided into ‘Loop A North,’ ‘Loop A South,’ ‘Loop B,’ and ‘Loop C.’ These sites come with full hookups including 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewage. Facilities here include flushing toilets, shower blocks, and dump stations. There is a fourteen-day limited on camping at these sites.
Only a short drive from Coles Creek State Park is ‘St Regis Campground,’ home to many camping facilities and amenities. Full hookups are also provided here, including electricity, water, and a sewage hookup. Facilities include a dump station, toilets, showers, and RV storage. Pets are welcome here but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Exploring the Area
Those with a taste for all things art and culture should take a visit to the nearby ‘Frederic Remington Art Museum’ in Ogdensburg. The museum has a wide range of art exhibitions showcasing the work of American West artist Frederic Remington. Along with the plethora of art on show, it is worth making a visit here for the building alone. The building was built in 1810 by the historical American figure David Parish and was occupied by Frederic Remington and his family up until the early 20th century. This is a must-visit museum when in St Lawrence County.
Campers with an interest in history should not pass up the chance to visit the ‘Potsdam Public Museum,’ which is only a half hour’s drive from Coles Creek State Park. This museum houses a myriad of exhibitions on not only the history of the local area but that of the nation also. Exhibitions range from the ‘History of Potsdam and its People’, right through to a comprehensive history of the American Civil War. A whole day can be spent here, one that is both entertaining and educational.
It is worth making the hours drive to the town of Watertown, west of Coles Creek State Park. The town offers a wide range of sight-seeing and day trip opportunities for the whole family. One perfect day out is a trip to the ‘New York State Zoo at Thompson Park’ in the town. The zoo covers a wide expanse of land and is home to a verity of species and animals. A highlight of this zoo has to be its endangered New York native animals, and these include wolverines, black bears, eagles, grey wolves, and Canadian wolves.