Local Area Attractions
Stay at Association Island as the base camp to tour around the famous 1000 Islands Region. The boat tours along the St. Lawrence are just 50 miles away, and there are many other sights to see within an hour's drive. Association Island is situated in Lake Ontario's Golden Crescent, which was once considered the Bass Capital of the world. There is excellent fishing and boating in the local area.
Hire a local charter captain for some amazing Lake Ontario sportfishing. Go for the big trophy fish: king salmon, walleye, bass, steelhead, lake and brown trout, etc. Book May to June for steelhead, May to July for brown trout, May to early August for lake trout, May and August for trophy walleye, late June to July for hot zone king salmon, mid-August thru September for king salmon during the staging period. Call a charter captain for details on prime fishing time frames. Several (but not all) of the Henderson Harbor charter captains will pick you up from our marina.
Boating and Sailing
Lake Ontario provides thrilling boating experiences for speed boats and sailing boats and windsurfing. In the early to mid 1970's, Association Island was the training facility for the US Sailing Team and was the center of numerous national and international sailing and windsurfing competitions, particularly leading up to the 1976 Montreal Olympics. As one of the Great Lakes, be prepared for fast-changing wind and wave conditions. Less experienced boaters should stay in the calmer Henderson Bay side of Association Island. Association Island does not yet rent out any motor boats or sailboats. Several of the local marinas rent out boats, but availability is limited so you should make plans well in advance. Also, there are several local licensed captains who will provide boat tours of Henderson Bay by the hour or half-day.
Robert G Wehle State Park
Robert G. Wehle State Park is the region's newest park, and is located 3 miles from Association Island. The former estate of Mr. Wehle, the park boasts 1,100 acres and over 17,000 ft of spectacular Lake Ontario shoreline. Available are over 10 miles of hiking/mountain biking trails, tennis court, picnicking. Hunting is allowed in designated areas during the season.
Local Golf Courses
There are several public golf courses nearby, including: Bedford Creek (Executive Course) in Sackets Harbor, Adams Country Club (9-holes) in Adams, The Elms Gold Club (18-holes, 6087 yards, slope 110, 68 USGA rating), Ives Hill Country Club in Watertown (18-holes, 6646 yards, slope 123, 71.7 USGA rating). Please contact them directly for tee times and availability.
Construction of this 120-room Rhineland-style castle and yacht house began in 1900 at the bidding of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt as a tribute to his beloved wife Louise. Boldt Castle was designed as their summer dream home on the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of the 1000 Islands. However, it was not to be, Mrs. Boldt passed away suddenly just months before the completion of the castle. Mr. Boldt was inconsolable and immediately stopped all construction on Heart Island, leaving the property vacant for over seventy years, until it was restored and open to the public. Accessible by tour boat, water taxi or private watercraft. Handicap accessible. In season, call 315-482-9724. Off season, call 315-482-2501.
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Alexandria Bay "Bill Johnston's Pirate Days"
Alexandria Bay, located ~50 miles north of Association Island, annually hosts the famous "Bill Johnston's Pirate Days". This 10-day event is filled with family fun and special events, including pirate fights on classic pirate ships, sword-fighting groups that perform throughout the village streets, and a full entertainment schedule. You are encourage to dress like a pirate, patriot, or Indian when attending any or all of these events. Check their website for more details.
The Great New York State Fair
Located at the NYS Fairgrounds, about 75 miles south of Association Island, the Great New York State Fair is an annual celebration of the economic, cultural and institutional strengths indigenous to New York with a special emphasis on agriculture as one of the State's largest and most important industries. Along with 12-days of expositions, the Fair offers various forms of entertainment (including several popular national headline bands) and amusement for families and friends. The Fair draws visitors from across the state and country. Our campers will take one or more day trips to the Fair and stay at Association Island as a home base. Check their website for further details.