Wellesley Island Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"With more campsites than any other park in the region spread out over 2,642 acres, Wellesley Island could be said to have something for everyone. Almost any outdoor activity can be enjoyed here, from cycling and canoeing to swimming and volleyball. With the exception of the 53 full-hookup sites in the Fox area, each of the other six groups of campsites has its own shower house. The “Chipmunk” cabins have bunk beds, microwaves, refrigerators, and propane heat but no linens or water, while the larger rentals in the cottage colony include a fully equipped kitchen, bedding, as well as in-suite bathrooms. A large museum and interpretive center, the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, is a great place to learn about geology, migrating birds, butterflies, and more. Look for gulls, terns, sandpipers, green and great blue herons, as well as green frogs, bullfrogs, painted turtles, and snapping turtles on walks along the shoreline or on short hikes that pass by wetland areas. On an unexpected rainy day, consider making the short trip to Clayton’s Antique Boat Museum, a ten-building campus that tells the nautical and cultural history of the mighty St. Lawrence River. For filling homemade snacks, stop by the Backdoor Bakeshop at the historic Wellesley Hotel on St. Lawrence Avenue and pick up cupcakes, cookies, tarts, or pizza to go."