Wellesley Island State Park
Clayton, NY

About Wellesley Island State Park

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Wellesley Island State Park has the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands region. Secluded wilderness sites nestled along the banks of the St. Lawrence River are accessible only by foot or boat. Within this rustic paradise, fishing is excellent--particularly for muskie in autumn. To accommodate boaters, the park has a full service marina and four boat launches. A sandy beach on the river offers great swimming and sunbathing and there is a recreation barn and 9-hole 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.

Welesley offers 414 sites ff which 69 are directly on the water. 172 sites are electric.

Wellesley Island State Park is located on Wellesley Island, in the St. Lawrence River. It is part of the Town of Orleans, in Jefferson County.

Wellesley Island Quick Peek 

Overview
  1. Located on Wellesley Island, on the St. Lawrence River, close to the town of Orleans, in Jefferson Country
  2. 414 sites, 69 sites are on the water, 172 have electric, 414 are reservable
  3. the largest camping complex in the Thousand Islands region
  4. to accommodate boaters, the park has a full service marina and four boat launches
  5. offers a sandy beach, a 9 hole golf course nearby, 3 miles of shoreline and open granite outcrops, and miles of trails for hiking
Campground Feature Summary
    Large lake. Small sandy beach. Easy access sites. Electric sites. Full hookup sites. Large RV friendly sites. Large flat sites not directly by the water. Deep sites set back from the road. Fairly open sites. Fairly open sites with partial shade. Large semi-private sites. Mainly level sites. Many sites directly by the water. Many sloped sites. Open field sites. Fairly shaded sites. Lightly wooded. Partially shady sites. Semi-wooded. Very shaded sites. Some tent specific sites. Very busy during summer months / holiday weekends. Private sites. Semi-private sites. Boat launch available for motorboats. Boat mooring/dockage available. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.

Camping Fees

Nightly camping fee $15/night, add $6 for electric sites or $12 for full hookups
Weekend/Holiday surcharge $4/night
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri May 20, 2016 thru Sun Oct 9, 2016
Fri May 19, 2017 thru Sun Oct 8, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Grass Point: 5.6 miles, 9 min
Keewaydin: 7.7 miles, 13 min
Kring Point: 16.6 miles, 24 min
Cedar Point: 17.3 miles, 25 min
Jacques Cartier: 30.8 miles, 36 min
Westcott Beach: 40.8 miles, 45 min
Long Point: 36.2 miles, 56 min
Southwick Beach: 52.8 miles, 58 min

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(A current work in progress, streamlining ahead)

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Rollins Pond (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 34 mins : Small sandy beach. Large RV friendly sites. Many sites directly by the water. Private sites. Excellent paddling options.
Watkins Glen (Finger Lakes), 3 hours 3 mins : Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Some tent specific sites. Private sites.
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Eighth Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 29 mins : Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Lewey Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 57 mins : Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
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Lake Durant (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 53 mins : Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Private sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Meacham Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 19 mins : Large RV friendly sites. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Private sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Limekiln Lake (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 26 mins : Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Private sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Cranberry Lake (Adirondack Park), 1 hour 43 mins : Large lake. Small sandy beach. Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
Northampton Beach (Adirondack Park), 3 hours 21 mins : Large lake. Large RV friendly sites. Many sites directly by the water. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
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Moffitt Beach (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 44 mins : Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
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Lake Harris (Adirondack Park), 2 hours 58 mins : Many sites directly by the water. Some tent specific sites. Excellent paddling options. Motorboats allowed.
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Map Location

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Loop A - Acorn

Loop B - Blue Jay

Loop C - Coyote

Loop D - Deer

Loop E - Eagle

Loop F - Fox
IMPORTANT! Sites in the Fox loop have been total reconstruction as of June 2015, including new septic, electric, water and black top. Photos of Fox loop are no longer current and will not reflect the new sites. New photos coming soon!

Loop H - Heron

Max 50ft - These sites will accommodate tents, popups and trailers up to 50ft
Loop A - Acorn

Loop B - Blue Jay

Loop C - Coyote

Loop D - Deer

Loop E - Eagle

Loop F - Fox

Loop H - Heron

Max 40ft - These sites will accommodate tents, popups and trailers up to 40ft
Loop A - Acorn

Loop B - Blue Jay

Loop C - Coyote

Loop D - Deer

Loop E - Eagle

Loop F - Fox

Loop H - Heron

Tent Specific - These sites are suitable for tents only
Loop A - Acorn

Loop B - Blue Jay

Loop C - Coyote

Loop D - Deer

Loop E - Eagle

Loop F - Fox

Loop H - Heron

Max 30ft - These sites will accommodate tents, popups and trailers up to 30ft
Loop A - Acorn

Loop B - Blue Jay

Loop C - Coyote

Loop D - Deer

Loop E - Eagle

Loop F - Fox

Loop H - Heron

Max 20ft - These sites will accommodate tents, popups and trailers up to 20ft
Loop A - Acorn

Loop B - Blue Jay

Loop C - Coyote

Loop D - Deer

Loop E - Eagle

Loop F - Fox

Loop H - Heron

Hike-In - These sites require walking into the site to the pad. Suitable for tents only
Loop A - Acorn

Loop B - Blue Jay

Loop C - Coyote

Loop D - Deer

Loop E - Eagle

Loop F - Fox

Loop H - Heron

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