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Wellesley Island State Park

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44927 Cross Island Road
Fineview, NY 13640
Latitude 44.316555
Longitude -76.020454

NEWS: 50% Off State Parks campsites and vehicle entrance fees at more than 30 State Parks along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River for visits during August through Columbus Day. Campsites only, minimum of two-night stay. Please note the camping discount will appear on payment screen and this promotion cannot be combined with any other discounts. Reserve online: or by phone: 1-800-456-CAMP

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 Camp Store, Laundromat, Arcade 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

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park open year round.
  • 2019 Swimming Season: 6/22 - 9/2, 10 am - 6 pm.
  • Boat Dockage & Rentals: 5/3 - 10/14
  • 2019 Camping Season: 5/3 - 10/14
    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

    Registration Bldg. Hours:
    5/3 - 6/20: 8AM to 4PM (8am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday)
    6/21 - 9/1: 8AM to 9PM
    9/2 - 10/14: 8AM to 4PM (8am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday)

  • Trails are open year round from dawn to dusk. Hunting for deer, turkey and waterfowl are permitted in season.
  • Shelter Reservations (2): 5/3 - 10/14, by permit

Fees & Rates

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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • News
  • 50% Off State Parks campsites and vehicle entrance fees at more than 30 State Parks along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River for visits during August through Columbus Day. Campsites only, minimum of two-night stay. Please note the camping discount will appear on payment screen and this promotion cannot be combined with any other discounts. Reserve online: or by phone: 1-800-456-CAMP

  • Beach
  • Day Use (Peak) $7
    After 4 PM $5

    Bus Use (Daily)
    Commercial $75
    Non Profit $35

    Toll Booth Hours:
    5/3 - 6/20: 7:30AM to 4PM; (6:30AM to 8:30 PM Fri-Sat)
    6/21 – 9/1: 6:30AM to 8:30PM
    9/2 - 10/14: 7:30AM to 4PM (6:30AM to 8:30 PM Fri-Sat)

  • Boat Dockage
  • Campers $12
    Day Use (Peak) $7
    Day Use (NonPeak) $6
    Overnight (No Elec) $19 (prime)

    Weekend/Hol $4
    Out-of-State $5
    Pumpout $5

  • Boat Rental
  • 14 foot / 15 HP/ 4 person/ 675 lbs. maximum weight (passengers and gear) 
    $25 per hour
    $100 per day
    $400 per week

    16 foot / 20 HP/ 6 person/ 780 lbs. maximum weight (passengers and gear) 
    $35 per hour
    $150 per day
    $600 per week

  • Cabins
  • Weekly: $266-$294
    Daily: daily rate is 1/4 the weekly charge

    Non NYS resident fee:
    Weekly $28
    Daily $7
  • Campsites
  • $18-$36/night

    *Additional $5/night for non-NYS residents
  • Cottages
  • 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


Digital Maps

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:

  • Wellesley Island State Park has the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands, which includes wilderness campsites that can only be accessed by foot or boat.
  • The Minna Anthony Common Nature Center has nine miles of hiking trails, and 5 miles of cross country ski and snow shoe trails. The nature center is open year round. During the winter months you can visit the fire place to warm up and visit with other explorers. The trails have a diversity of habitat: field, forest, wetlands and views of the Saint Lawrence River.
  • Take a trip in our 36 foot long Voyageur Canoe! The canoe travels along the water's edge for a 3 mile paddle while a naturalist points out geological features that make up the Thousand Islands. Voyages are in July and August.
  • Wellesley Island, the island Wellesley Island State Park resides on, has an internal body of water called the Lake of the Isles, which nearly doubles the island's waterfront.
  • Bald eagles can be spotted in the park.
  • Use of Wellesley Island began in 1898, when there was a small settlement and the primary use of the land included crop and dairy farming, and grazing of cattle and sheep. It became a state park in the 1950's when the owner gave the land to the park commission.
  • Located in the St. Lawrence River corridor, the natural areas of the park are primarily forest communities and open wetland complexes.
  • There are 18 different natural community types within the park, 3 of which are considered significant ecological communities and take up almost half of the acres of community types in the park.

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Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a Wellesley Island State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Leave all natural objects as you find them.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Use extra caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear warnings.
  • Don't litter.
  • Hike and camp on established, durable trails and campsites.
  • Be careful with your fire.

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.


  • Archery hunting, in designated areas, by permit only. Beginning October 1st. Please contact the park for more information.

Sun 20 Oct
Backyard Explorers: Fascinating Fall
Sunday, October 20, 2019 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Ever wonder why leaves change colors? Join two Junior Naturalists, Cecelia and Levi, on an exploration of autumn. The sibling duo will lead a short hike through our colorful forest in search of fascinating fall findings, then return to the Nature Center for a craft.
Sat 26 Oct
Nature Journals
Saturday, October 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Spark your creativity in the outdoors by learning to use a nature journal! Create a record of your observations as we discover the trails in a new way.
Sat 02 Nov
Photography Workshop
Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Join Max on a slower-paced hike to find beauty in nooks and crannies along our trails. Take part to learn about field techniques for nature photography. Participants should bring their own cameras. Ages 13–Adult.
Sat 09 Nov
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
Saturday, November 9, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Learn and practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace, developed by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. These best practices in outdoor recreation will inform your next adventure. Free and open to all.
Sun 17 Nov
Shipwrecks of the Upper St. Lawrence
Sunday, November 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Wellesley Island State Park
(315) 482-2722

Hundreds of shipwrecks lie on the floor of the St. Lawrence River. Don’t you want to know how they got there? or who was on them? or how to visit them? Join Anna as she geeks out about the incredible and diverse history of ships on the river.

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Did You Know? Beavers need their teeth to continuously grow to gnaw and chew trees.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Rentals
  • Cabins (Accessible)
  • Camper Assistance Program
  • Camper Recreation (Accessible)
  • Campsites
  • Cottages
  • Dockage
  • Dumping Stations
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Group Camping (Accessible)
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Marina
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails (Accessible)
  • Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Powerboats
  • Scenic Views
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach
  • Tent/Trailer Sites (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing
  • Documents