The town of Orleans is home to more campsites than any other place in the state of New York. Tucked away right next to the border of the United States of America and Canada, on the northern part of Orleans, lies Wellesley Island State Park. What seems like an ordinary state park on a lake is in fact host to the largest camping complex in the whole area of the Thousand Islands region. Situated along the St. Lawrence River, the park sits just a short distance away from the towns such as Clayton and La Fargeville while Watertown is about half an hour away. Search for an RV in Jefferson County and see what makes this park popular among campers.
Opened back in 1954 by the Thousand Island State Park Commission, the park encompasses over 2630 acres of rustic countryside. Named as one of the top 100 state parks in the nation, it's a perfect place to get out and enjoy some outdoor adventures. Not only is it a great camping spot, but it is also an awesome hiking and fishing spot, not to mention a dozen other activities. Leaving the region without camping at Wellesley Island State Park could be a bad move as you would not know what you’re missing out on.
If you thought that a dozen activities was a figure of speech, well, you’re wrong. The park is a boater’s paradise, hosting a 150 slip marina and four boat launches. The marina offers 16 feet and 14 feet fishing boats complete with motor engines for rent. Fishing equipment such as bait and ice is also available for sale so you won't have to worry about drive around with a couple of worms in your rental RV.
The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center is an absolute must visit when you’re RV camping at Wellesley Island State Park. Bring along a pair of your favorite hiking boots as the nature center offers eight miles of hiking trails traversing through the island. Additionally, the nature center provides a quarter mile handicapped trail, ensuring that everyone who visits is able to enjoy some time with nature. Don’t forget your camera as the scenic views of the Thousand Islands are worth capturing. During the summer, ensure you get a ride to Eel Bay in the 36 foot. long Voyageur Canoe. Cross country skiing is popular during the winter, with a total of seven miles of trails set aside for skiers.
On the sunny months, dodge the hot sun by taking a refreshing dip in the sandy beach by the lake. Alternatively, grab some sunscreen lotion and a book from your Fineview camper rental and enjoy the afternoon sunbathing. Anglers will fall in love with this park, especially during autumn, when the river is full of muskie. Muzzleloading and archery are allowed in designated areas, but you’ll need some permission. Should golfing be the game of your choice, the park is complete with a nine-hole golf course.
Camping at Wellesley Island State Park
There is no doubt that the campground is situated in an immensely beautiful setting, away from towns and noise. Many sites located at this state park are either set on asphalt or gravel pads while others are set on grass and concrete. Even though all the sites are back-in, parking won’t be a problem as ample space is allocated to each lot. When you camp in an RV in Fineview here, some of the amenities to enjoy are water, sewer, and electric hookups.
Additionally, vacationers are able to enjoy laundry facilities, recreational trails, and hot showers. Not to mention a well-equipped convenience store. Even though pets are allowed, you won’t be able to bring more than two according to the rules.
Exploring the Area
Even though the Wellesley Island State Park is magical, it doesn’t get to host all fun activities. The Boldt Castle & Boldt Yacht House is an old mansion full of history, glamour, and striking architectural features. A boat ride will take you around the castle grounds as a guide narrates the heart-melting story behind the castle.
Foodies will feel right at home at Alexandria Bay. You’ll be drooling once you see the menu set before you. With all of the amazing options available, your mind will be blown. A waterside tavern serving classic American fare might satisfy your belly, but why limit yourself? Try out some crispy pan seared scallops with some rosemary herb potatoes. Maybe substitute that for some finger licking good lasagna coupled up with a glass of your favorite beverage.
Experience some real outdoor kart racing at Alex Bay 500 Go-Karts located in St. Lawrence Park. Nothing offers as much fun as ripping around a long track in fast karts. There is also a mini-golf park that the kids will love.