Sarah Novak 2017-04-05 02:03:53
The forces of nature and of human endeavor have shaped the landscape and the legacy of the Seaway Trail along the eastern shores of Lake Ontario, from bustling ports to windswept dunes. Beginning at Fair Haven at Little Sodus Bay, the Seaway Trail in this region heads east and north to the Chaumont Bay area. Once busy with passengers and cargo, today the village of Fair Haven surrounding Little Sodus Bay is a destination for recreation on and along the water. Nearby are Fair Haven Beach State Park and the Sterling Nature Center. About ten miles north and east is the port city of Oswego, preserving its maritime, military, and industrial heritage along the waterfront, in historic neighborhoods, and at the Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Riverfront and harbor-front trails and parks overlook the city’s busy port area and its canal and locks. The Seaway Trail continues east through the town of Scriba, crosses the Salmon River, a major fishing destination, and goes by the Selkirk Lighthouse. A short excursion east visits the village of Pulaski and its historic downtown. The northeastern shore of Lake Ontario features a 17-mile stretch of of barrier beaches, sand dunes, and wetlands, a rare coastal environment bordered by the Seaway Trail. This habitat is preserved and protected by several state parks, wildlife management areas, and Nature Conservancy property that also offer public access. Also within the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area is the site of the War of 1812 battle at South Sandy Creek battle and the beginning of the route of the war’s “great cable carry.” The Seaway Trail continues north through Jefferson County along Henderson Harbor. Centuries ago Native Americans and French troops traveled through here; today cruises for sport-fishing and scenic tours are popular. The protected waters and strategic location of Sackets Harbor gave it prominence as a lake port, shipbuilding center, and military base. Today the village’s center is a national historic district. The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site offers scenic views, trails, tours, restored nineteenth-century military buildings, costumed guides, and special events. The scenic Chaumont Bay area at the northeast end of Lake Ontario, the end of the Seaway Trail in this region, is a birding site with a range of environments, including rare grassland and rock formations. Below left: Sandy Island Beach State Park. Photo credit: John Rozelle NYSOPRHP. Below: Selkirk Shores State Park. Photo credit:John Farrell. VISITOR INFORMATION Cayuga County Office of Tourism 131 Genesee St. Auburn, NY 13021 800-499-9615 www.tourcayuga.com Oswego County Community Development, Tourism & Planning 46 East Bridge St. Oswego, NY 13126 315-349-8322 800-248-4386 www.visitoswegocounty.com Fair Haven Area Chamber of Commerce PO Box 13, Fair Haven, NY 13064 315-947-6037 www.fairhavenny.com
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