Sarah Novak 2017-04-05 01:42:35
The Seaway Trail skirts the northeastern end of Lake Ontario and follows the St. Lawrence River, ending close to the United States–Canada border. Along the way are riverfront towns, scenic countryside, historic sites, cultural centers, natural habitats, and the engineering marvels of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Boat tours and cruises get out on the river for fishing trips and visiting the islands, including two with full-scale castles. The Seaway Trail first visits the village of Brownville, named for its illustrious founder Major General Jacob Brown. The route then leads north and west to Tibbets Point, where a lighthouse commands a panoramic view. Nearby the village of Cape Vincent is a charming riverside community. Downriver the route passes by Carleton Island, once a strategic prize for military forces, and then takes in the scenic farmland and natural areas between the shore and French Creek, the site of a significant War of 1812 battle. Clayton’s waterfront downtown is a destination for its architectural heritage, year-round variety of performances at the Clayton Opera House, the Antique Boat Museum, scenic river tours, a dive site, and the Thousand Islands Arts Center. Twelve miles downriver is another waterfront community, the village of Alexandria Bay, with vintage buildings, parks, a riverwalk, another dive site, and sightseeing cruises. Side trips from the Seaway Trail visit Cranberry Creek Wildlife Management Area, site of a War of 1812 battle, and Otter Creek Preserve. A few more miles to the southeast leads to Redwood and the Indian River Lakes area, preserving natural habitat for wildlife and outdoor recreation. Along the shore birdwatchers will find several vantage points for observing migrations and resident birds, from Chippewa Point to Oak Point to Jacques Cartier State Park, in Morristown. Morristown Bay was also the site of a War of 1812 naval battle. Heading downriver the Seaway Trail leads to the city of Ogdensburg. At the Oswegatchie River, the Fort de la Présentation site presents the history of centuries of settlements and military outposts here. In Ogdensburg’s downtown is a historic district and the Frederic Remington Art Museum. Twenty miles from Ogdensburg along the Seaway Trail is the village of Waddington, a fishing destination with a historic downtown. A few more miles along the river leads to the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area, a prime waterfowl viewing location. A short excursion north from the Seaway Trail near Massena Center views (and goes under) the Eisenhower Lock, which allows ships from around the world to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway. Nearby is the New York Power Authority visitor center, overlooking the power dam on St. Lawrence River, a popular stopping place for a variety of birds. The last stop of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail is the Akwesasne Cultural Center in Hogansburg, a museum, library, and shop focusing on the culture of the Akwesasne Mohawk community. VISITOR INFORMATION 1000 Islands International Tourism Council 43373 Collins Landing Alexandria Bay, NY 13607 315-482-2520 800-8-ISLAND www.visit1000islands.com Alexandria Bay Chamber 7 Market St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607 315-482-9531 800-541-2110 www.visitalexbay.org Black Lake Chamber of Commerce www.blacklakeny.com Clayton Chamber of Commerce 517 Riverside Dr., Clayton, NY 13624 315-686-3771 800-252-9806 www.1000islands-clayton.com St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce 101 Main St., Canton, NY 13617 877-228-7810 www.northcountryguide.com Scenic View Park At Alexandria Bay. Photo credit: John Farrell.
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