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There is no better way to experience the beauty of the St. Lawrence River than from the bow of a boat. The spray in your face- the wind in your hair- its a feeling like no other. The magnificence of the sparkling water, set off by the picturesque islands, offers a potent reminder of why the 1000 Islands has long been the choice of vacationers from around the world. Take off and try tubing, head out on water skies. Explore the islands, and stop for a quick swim or picnic.
Be sure to bring your own boat. Clayton makes it easy to get your boat into the water. The village provides a public launch and docking at many points along the river including a 200-foot floating dock complex in front of the Village.
Clayton also has a number of well-equipped full service marinas where you can buy gas, supplies, dock for the evening, or rent watercraft ranging from kayaks to canoes and small fishing boats to houseboats to pontoon “party boats”.
If you don’t have your own boat, you can enjoy the guided pleasures of a boat tour aboard a double-decker tour boat. The scenic vessels leave Clayton throughout the day, and travel beneath the 1000 Islands Bridge to near-by Alexandria Bay and its romantic Boldt Castle, and around the islands into Canada. You’ll view the extraordinary island homes built by the privileged of yesteryear especially along millionaire’s row, and learn about Clayton’s colorful past filled with bootleggers, pirates and local “river rats”. Perhaps you would prefer a private, personalized tour where you can try a day of “rivering” with a local guide on his private boat. With just your own friends and family aboard, your tour can be as personalized as you like.
ABACO Marine Towing LLC offers Marine Towing, Transportation, and Salvage.
The Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) is the world’s largest boating organization. Its members have a common interest in and love of historic, antique and classic boats. ACBS protects the heritage of classic boating by promoting preservation, restoration and education.
ACBS has 57 chapters around the world supporting the mission and vision of the society. Many chapters offer boat shows, restoration seminars and community service projects. ACBS serves as the governing body for the hobby by 1) establishing the parameters of what constitutes a classic boat, 2) the standards by which classic boats are judged and scored, 3) acting as a communication channel for our membership, the public and other interested parties and 4) providing knowledge about restoration, preservation, classic boating education and safety. ACBS also provides scholarships to worthy students at selected schools who are learning about boat building and restoration techniques.
Join the fun and discover the joy and excitement of classic boating. It is a family oriented activity that will create lasting memories and friendships!
The International Headquarters are in Clayton, NY at 422 James St. You are welcome to stop in and learn more about classic boating and this growing organization!
ACBS.org or call 315-686-2628
The Antique Boat Museum, “…the largest and most impressive collection of inland recreational boats in the world…” according to Joseph Gribbins of Nautical Quarterly Magazine. When you visit the Museum at 750 Mary Street you’ll discover the largest collection of Antique and Classic boats on display in North America. Stop by the boat shop to see a restoration in progress. While at the Museum take a speedboat ride through the 1000 islands in a triple cockpit runabout. Take up the oars yourself in a St. Lawrence skiff and explore the shoreline of Clayton. Take a tour of George Boldt’s 106′ historic houseboat. The Antique boat Museum hosts a number of activities throughout the summer, including the longest running annual antique boat show and auction in the country. The Museum also offers classes and programs for adults and children. Before you leave make sure you check out the Museum store and pick up a keepsake for your own river memories.
Waterfront cottages – furnished. Packages available with boat and motor rental. Fishing Guide available. Dockage and launch ramp. Marina w/ gas and convenience store. Store is open 7am to 7pm Daily.
Resort and Marina located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Alexandria Bay, NY. Bonnie Castle is your gateway to the breathtaking beauty of the Thousand Islands! 129 rooms, indoor & outdoor pools, 3 restaurants, walking distance to downtown, banquet facilities, and full service marina.
Boat sales, marine store, launch ramp, gas. Located on the St. Lawrence River at Fishers Landing between Clayton and the 1000 Islands Bridge. 2 Miles West of bridge
Located in the heart of downtown, amenities include:
- 49 floating slips
- WiFi (included for no additional charge)
- Laundry Facilities
- Restrooms and Showers
Experience the grandeur and beauty of the 1000 Islands Region the Clayton Island Tours way. Clayton Island Tour’s professional tour guides will share the legends and lore behind the Thousand Islands region on a 1.5 or 3 hour scenic tour.
You will enjoy magnificent views of premier sights with opportunities to view giant Great Lakes freighters, lighthouses, magnificent island homes and the Thousand Islands International Bridge up close. Daily stops to Boldt Castle are available. All tours have many photo opportunities and cruise areas of the 1000 Islands not seen on other cruise.
From Memorial Day through September, Clayton Island Tours offers narrated tours for the general public. If you’re looking for a fun group outing or private party we will create a custom private charter to suit your needs and make sure it’s a success. Check our ever changing special events including the Clayton Fireworks Cruises.
Clayton Marina Sales & Services offers daily, weekly and weekend boat rentals featuring Triumph boats and a Windsor Craft pontoon boat. Clayton Marina is also an authorized dealer of Triumph, Larson, Skeeter, and G3 Boats. We will not be undersold on Yamaha outboards! Come visit our new indoor showroom, check out the marine store, rent a dock slip for the summer or get your boat serviced. Clayton Marina is also your local choice for Yamaha ATV’s and Snowmobiles.
A private yacht club – serving meals during the summer season. The tel. no. for the Yacht Club is disconnected October – June.
On-site mobile canvas unit – complete marine canvas design and installation!
French Bay Marina is a full service marina offering a wide variety of services from boat slips, to boat brokerage, to boat repairs in the 1000 Islands Region on the St. Lawrence River. We take pride in our services and would love to get to know you.
Marina, complete marine service, full service campground, and air station
Classic Island Cruises offers personalized tours of the 1000 Islands as can only been seen from the decks of a truly iconic antique boat. Accompanied by a taste of the Islands, you will be visually stimulated while enjoying the region’s finest wines, meats and cheeses.
You’ll cruise the waterways in a relaxing setting for a morning, afternoon or evening with an in depth history of the seaway’s most storied passages. **If desired, you may stop at local island shops along the way or just enjoy cruising past the island sunsets on the open waters of 40 acres.**
The Muskie is a 26 foot, 1953 Chris Craft with oak keel, mahogany planks and a beautiful teak deck. She is the third of her kind in the Garnsey family to carry the same name. Her spacious desks and ride, that only a wooden boat can provide, were noted in the Thousand Islands Sun as the period’s most popular fishing boat and pleasure craft.
Recently Retired from his 26 year career with the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Service, Captain Garnsey is the third generation river Captain with a wealth of knowledge of the islands from the days of bootleggers.
Private Marina with covered and uncovered slips, adjacent to the Antique Boat Museum campus. Transients welcomed!