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State and Public Parks

Rock Island Lighthouse




Located only 4.5 miles down-river from Clayton, Rock Island Lighthouse is a cultural landmark of the Thousand Islands. Originally commissioned in 1847, the lighthouse is one of six lights built along the river to help ships navigate the St. Lawrence Seaway in and out of Lake Ontario. Visit the Lighthouse by boat and dock at the public facilities or take one of the many tours that stop-off at the island. Once ashore, climb the lighthouse tower to get a birds eye view of the River or tour the museum in the keeper's quarters to learn about the history of the island, its keepers, and the St. Lawrence River

Boldt Castle

1 Heart Island

Alexandria Bay, NY 

Boldt Castle is one of the Thousand Islands' most treasured historical sites. Not only is the Castle an architectural wonder, but the lavish interiors, immaculate grounds, and cutting edge 1900s technology speak to the wealth and vibrant industrial history on display throughout the St. Lawrence River basin. Consisting of 120 rooms spread across six stories, a step into Boldt Castle is a step back in time to the American Gilded Age. Heart Island and the Boldt Castle grounds are available for private parties, wedding celebrations, and guided tours throughout the season.

Picnic Point State Park




Canoe-Picnic Point State Park is only reachable by boat just beyond Eel Bay. The Park offers a quiet island experience in a wooded area with plenty of dock space available. Just south of the camping area is Picnic Point, a picnic ground with a beautiful picnic gazebo, shore dinner cooking facility and dockage. The fishing is excellent and the many quiet bays are perfect for swimming and floating. The Island's gazebo can accommodate up to 30 people and New York State charges a $30 daily usage fee. Pets are allowed unless otherwise noted by signs or Park specific regulations.

Mary Island State Park




Mary Island State Park comprises 12 heavily-wooded acres with steep rocky outcroppings offering spectacular views of the Canadian shoreline or the St. Lawrence Seaway shipping channel. Public docking is available and boats may be beached or moored near campsites. The park has a picnic area with numerous picnic tables, grills, and private dining area. The Island is criss-crossed by numerous walking trails that lead to secluded swimming sites. There are public restrooms and showers for use by visitors. Day use passes start at $6 per day with additional fees for weekends/holidays and out-of-state visitors.

Boat Tours and Fishing Charters

The Antique Boat Museum

750 Mary Street

Clayton, NY

Be see on the River like never before in the elegant class of the Antique Boat Museums fleet of historic River Experience vessels, including the 41' 1974 classic commuter boat, the Zipper. The Antique Boat Museum offers 2-hour sunset river cruises on their fleet of In-Water vessels, 45 minute cruises on their sleek 30′ triple cockpit Hacker Craft, or leisurely rows in their authentic St. Lawrence River Skiffs. Use of the skiffs is included with museum admission, but other cruise options cost additional and may have limited availability, so you wont want to wait to plan your day on the river!

Clayton Island Tours

39611 Chateau Ln.

Clayton, NY

Clayton Island Tours offers narrated St. Lawrence River tours in the Heart of the 1000 Islands for the general public. However, if you are looking for a fun group outing or private party, they will create a custom private charter to suit your needs and make sure it is a success. From 4th of July fireworks cruises to autumn leaf peeping cruises to castles and lighthouses, Clayton Island Tours offers visitors a unique vantage to experience the River in all seasons. The typical tour lasts 2-3 hours and regularly depart from their marina along Route 12 on the Village's outskirts where there is ample parking.

Classic Island Cruises

530 Theresa Street

Clayton, NY

Captain Jeff Garnsey offers multiple cruise options for visitors to the Thousand Islands. For the outdoor enthusiasts keen to find the best fishing locations, Jeff offers half-day and full-day fishing adventures of either drift fishing or trolling. A shore dinner on any number of different islands is available to Jeff's full-day charters. For those looking for something a little more romantic or leisurely, explore Jeff's Wine and Cheese Cruises while taking in the sunset across Eel Bay or marveling at the mansions on Millionaires Row. 

Sign Man Charters

720 State Street

Clayton, NY

Launching from French Bay Marina, Sign Man Charters has been offering guided fishing charters in the Thousand Islands for over 40 years. The company's goal is simple, "make it easy for anyone to go fishing." Serviced by a fleet of two fully outfitted boats, Sign Man Charters specializes in finding, and catching, the biggest Muskie, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye Pike, and Jack Perch. Charters can be setup for families with novice anglers to groups of pros. Captain Rich also offers his traditional full service Guides' Shore Dinner for his charter clients.

Boat and Kayak Rentals

Bayside Marina

1044 State Street

Clayton, NY

Bayside Marina is a full service marina offering seasonal and transient dockage, boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals, boat repairs, and indoor and outdoor storage. Slips are complete with fresh water and electricity, and rates are affordable. Located in the protected waters of French Creek Bay, Bayside's all deep water slips will make boating a breeze. Bayside offers well maintained marina grounds with main channel views and full facilities. In addition, when you dock at Bayside Marina, you get two marinas for the price of one, with dockage at their Henderson Harbor marina included for the same price.

Clayton Marina

50 State Street

Clayton, NY

From fishing boats to center console and dual console boats to pontoon boats, Clayton Marina has a wide variety of boat rentals that are perfect for every type of river trip. Rentals are available on daily, weekend, and weekly rates. Clayton Marina also offers a full line of boat services and seasonal dockage; or take advantage of the Marina's dry stack storage, simply give them a call and they'll have your boat in the water by the time you get into town and haul it out for storage when you leave. Need to launch your boat but don't want to wait in line at the municipal dock? Clayton Marina has a private boat ramp for your use.

Captain Spicer Marine Basin

40467 NY Route 12

Clayton, NY

Spicer Marine Basin is a full service marina located along Route 12 on the eastern outskirts of town. Spicer Marine Basin has 125 slips including 19 covered slips accommodating boats up to 35 feet. They offer complete marine services, boat sales, boat rentals, a fuel dock with ethanol-free fuel, ship’s store, transient dockage, summer and winter storage, and repairs. Rental Boats come equipped with a GPS chart plotter and full coast guard package for adults. If you need children’s life jackets just let them know when booking. Boats all come with a full tank of fuel and their boats come with dock usage and car parking.

Marinas and Public Docking

Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina

301 Webb Street

Clayton, NY

Located in the heart of downtown Clayton's west side, the Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina provides an extensive array of dockage and service options. Including the following:

- 49 floating slips with 30′, 40′ and 50′ slips & 68′ and 88′ T-ends
- 300′ Pier with 6-60′ slips or combination
- Water, pumpout, and Electricity: 30 amp, 50 amp and 100 amp service available
- WiFi (included for no additional charge)

Clayton Municipal Dock Mary Street

800 Mary Street

Clayton, NY

Clayton makes it easy to get your boat into the water. The village provides a public launch and docking along the river, including a 200-foot floating dock complex in front of the Village immediately adjacent to the Antique Boat Museum.  Dock attendants available from Victoria Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Services available at the Mary Street Dock include the following:

- Overnight docking and boat launch ramp

- Grocery pickup and delivery service available from Shur-Fine supermarket

French Bay and Islander Marinas

530 Theresa Steet

Clayton, NY

Located next to the Village's Mary Street Boat Launch and adjacent to the Antique Boat Museum, the French Bay and Islander Marinas offer ample docking options, repair services, and marine supplies for the both the novice and professional mariner. Docking is available on a seasonal and transient basis in either covered slips or open air. Wifi is broadcast across the marinas for free and every slip has both water and electric hooks. The marina has a travel lift for large yachts, as well as a pump out station. Parking is provided on a first come first serve basis in the yard.

Clayton Yacht Club (Reciprocal members only)

115 Bartlett

Point Road

Clayton, NY

Located along scenic Bartlett Point, the Clayton Yacht Club offers annual memberships to locals and travelers. The club has an extensive docking facility, restaurant, and kids' sandy beach play area with floating raft, swings, and playground. Harking back to the early days of the new Clayton Yacht Club, the docking facilities are a popular stopping point for the many yachts transversing the St. Lawrence from the Great Lakes. The Club has reciprocal arrangements with a number of Lake Ontario yacht clubs. The Commodore requests that visitors report to the Bar/Restaurant and register in the visitors log book.

The River... on It, in It, and by It

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows ―

The River... on It, in It, and by It

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows ―