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.
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 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.
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.