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Thousand Islands-Seaway Fishing

Published: Jan 22, 2014

The name of this region should at least give you a clue to what's ahead. The blue waters of the Thousand Islands-Seaway region offer some of the greatest freshwater sport fishing in the world. Lake Ontario is a great place to catch Pacific salmon introduced to its waters several decades ago. Flowing 700 miles from Lake Ontario to the ocean, the St. Lawrence River is a top spot for bass and pike fishing. Area fishing guides can show you the best places to drop your line.

Day One

Seaway Trail Discovery Center
Follow the Seaway Trail signs to the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, to learn about local history and discover hundreds of miles of scenic coastline. The scenic byway is dotted with quaint villages, historic sites, and lighthouses. Pick up some nautical souvenirs in the gift shop, and then launch your own voyage of discovery.

Long Point State Park
This small park is on a peninsula facing Chaumont Bay on Lake Ontario. Nearly surrounded by water, the park guarantees spectacular views, even if you're sticking to the shoreline. Aside from black bass fishing, Lake Ontario has become a destination for fishing Pacific Coho salmon introduced here several decades ago. If you like camping, stick around. ReserveAmerica named Long Point one of the Top 100 campgrounds in the nation.

Day Two

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse
At Cape Vincent, this historic lighthouse stands where Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River meet. Take a look through the lighthouse telescope to survey the surrounding waterways and islands. You can even spend the night there. The Victorian-era lightkeeper's quarters have been converted to a hostel, with family rooms available by reservation. Explore the Lighthouse Museum at the visitor's center next door and head into the village to see the Cape Vincent Historical Museum and the Cape Vincent Aquarium.

Cedar Point State Park
This park overlooks the St. Lawrence River, which was the site of a former world-record catch for muskellunge. Muskie hunters often troll along the edges of shoals in the area. Since catching a musky can be demanding and require specialized knowledge, a guide service might come in handy. The sandy beach here offers a great place to swim in summer, and there are docks, a fishing pier, and picnic grounds.

Day Three

Antique Boat Museum
In Clayton, you can see a collection of more than 100 classic and antique wooden boats, as well as exhibits on river life. Visit the museum docks to board a 106-foot Gilded Age houseboat, rent (and row) a St. Lawrence skiff, or take a 45-minute ride in a triple cockpit runabout speedboat. Events include regattas, children's activities, and even boat-building classes.

Wellesley Island State Park
Wellesley Island is known as one of the better spots for largemouth bass on the St. Lawrence River. Fish for them in shallow weedy bays and along the edges of shoals. The park is also home to the 600-acre Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, museum, butterfly house and shoreline trails. The park offers a full-service marina, boat launches, excellent canoeing and kayaking, and a sandy beach that's great for swimming.

Day Four

Keewaydin State Park
The park sits on the St. Lawrence River and is known for some of the best fishing in the area. The waters around Alexandria Bay are bountiful homes to northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, and muskellunge. Over 48 campsites overlook the river.

Related Sites:

Thousand Islands-Seaway Region Official Tourism Site 
NYS Dept of Env. Conservation: Fishing in the St. Lawrence River     

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