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Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $30.00
This enormous, beautiful New York state park in the 1000 Islands region is located on the same island as the bridge to Canada, though you would never know it while you are in the park. Most of the 6 camping areas were closed when we were there, the park closed for the winter a week later. Our campsite was a few yards from the St. Lawrence River and some of the many islands that give the region its name. There are informal put-in spots for canoes and kayaks throughout the campground. It was several miles from our campsite to the main entrance, and miles beyond that to a town. I wouldn’t suggest using it as a staging point for touring the region, but there is plenty to do in the campground, so you may not need to leave. We were here for only one rainy night, and will definitely return here again to enjoy all that this wonderful park has to offer. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $25.00
Stayed on the Heron Loop, the newest of the campsite loops at WISP. (As others have noted, the full-hookup Fox Loop is scheduled for substantial upgrades during the fall of 2014.) The Heron loop appears to be designed for RV/trailer camping; all sites have 30 amp electrical service, are generously sized, and have gravel laid down for your camper. The bathroom/shower house is new, and is based on the same design as other recently installed facilities at Gilbert Lake State Park and Westcott Beach State Park. The camp store was poorly stocked at the time we visited; we were told that was because it is being torn down and replaced during the fall of 2014. The swimming area is fairly small, given the size of the park overall. WISP is great if you are in a position to partake in activities at the park, such as the Minna Anthony Common nature center, the marina, the golf course, the swimming area, or the hiking trails in the campground. It's less effective as a 'home base' for 1000 Islands activities - anything else you might want to do (aside from visiting Fineview) requires crossing the 1000 Islands Bridge, meaning a $2.75 toll every time you return to the park, and lots of additional time driving back and forth to Clayton or Alexandria Bay. During August of 2014, Clayton Island Boat Tours stopped serving WISP due to a dispute over how the ferries were docking at the marina - as of 8/30, there was no word on any resolution to this. Please keep this in mind if you were counting on taking one of their tours from WISP. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $35.00
The fee includes the rate plus $9 Reserve America fee plus a $5 out of state fee. We camped in the H (Heron) loop, so this review is for there. The roads are mostly paved. The sites are huge & open, with gravel & grass. Electric is good, but towers are set very far back in the site. No water or sewer at these sites, but water sources are plentiful on the road and there are dump stations as you leave. Our Verizon phone & Hotspot worked well & we were able to get a couple of local TV stations. This loop is a fair distance from the other loops, the marina, beach, store, laundry & recycle/trash areas. A large body of water called Eel Bay is about 100 feet behind several sites, but that area is too heavily wooded for access to or viewing of the water. That is unfortunate. Bathrooms were pretty clean & updated. We loved 2 private facilities labeled wheelchair accessible with toilet, sink & shower. The nature center was small but interesting and daily activities for it were posted in the campground. The butterfly house was nothing special. Every trip from the mainland to the park will cost $2.50 (car only) over the bridge. Be sure to take a right out of the park & drive down to the small community of Fineview as it is beautiful! We liked it here and would stay again, but we want the “F” loop next time. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $27.00
This was our second time here - we visited last year. F loop has full service sites. Very large sites. Friendly staff. Manager came around to announce changes coming this fall. Sites will be concrete, angled for easier entry, new water system, and some 50 amp. Also some handicap sites will be added. Should be ready by Memorial Weekend 2015. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $35.00
Great New York State Park as most are. This is a great campground with every type of site for everyone primitive to full hook ups. The sites are very large with more then enough room for all the equipment we campers love to travel with. The full hook up sites are bordering a wood line and some open fields with great grass covered sites. There is only 30 amp, but without having to run two AC this power is strong with no valleys at our site # 8 which is on the second curve in which backed us up to the woods on two side very private with morning sun and afternoon shade. The full hook up loop F has room to drop toad. but better to drop at office and hook back up there. GREAT CAMPGROUND and state park rated 9 because no 50 amp or it would be a 10 We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $35.00
Great park! Very clean restrooms, large sites all on grass. Peaceful and beautiful. Loved this state park! We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $35.00
Very large, beautiful State Park and inexpensive. We stayed in "F" loop, only loop with full hook-ups. Site was very large, with a paved pad. Nice shade trees near most sites. The park is so big you need a bike to get around. No real bath house for this area. Other areas without full hook-ups had them and they looked new. Great hiking trails, and just biking around the park was fun. Was nice to take the 1000 Islands boat tour, and they have fishing boats for rent cheap, right from the marina in the campground. Reasons I didn't give a "10." The electric service is only 30amp and weak. No WiFi. You have to go over the bridge for anything and pay $2.50 whenever you returned. Not the campground's fault, but expensive as we went over every day. Might stay here again, but not in hotter weather due to weak service (need my A/C). But all in all, a beautiful state park. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $32.00
This is the best State Park we have ever camped in. Bathroom and shower facilities were new (on H Loop) employees were friendly and the sites were large enough to easily handle our 40 foot motorhome. Loop H was out in the open making it easy for Sat TV but we got a number of local channels over the air. We made reservations only 2 weeks in advance. At loop H we thought we were close to the water- and we were- but really could not see the lake/river from out site because of the dense trees between us and the water. Still beautiful views when walked through the woods to the river. We used the Clayton Tours boat for a tour of the area- they picked us up at the park marina and gave us an area tour then went to Bolt Castle (def worth the time and money)g neat site to see. Did not even have to drive off the campground because the Store on grounds was excellent. We did visit a few of the local Wineries though. The best campsites at the park however are for the tent campers- they have sites right on the rocks a few feet from the river. No pool but they do have a swimming area on the river- and the water was much warmer than we had expected. Only issue is that the park is so big that you really need a car or a bike to get around inside the park. I also should have brought my boat as there is a very good ramp and overnight docks available to campers. Great Place- we will be back. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $32.00
First, a warning. Stay away from site F-6. It is fair sized but the pad itself is a postage stamp sized patch of grass and mud with a few fragments of old asphalt. It is is out of level by at least 18 inches side to side and more front to back. There are a few other less than perfect sites in the F (full hookup) loop but none as bad. The park as a whole is excellent. There are several loops ranging from dry, tent sites to full hookups. You can find a site for a big rig but choose carefully. You'll probably want to see it firsthand before you check in. Verizon signal is poor but usable for voice only. The nearest Internet access is at the NY Visitor Center on the other side of the (toll) bridge. There are a couple nearby general store/gas station/restaurants but its a few miles back on the mainland to a supermarket. My price included a $5/day out of state fee. The rating I gave reflects my lousy site in an otherwise nice park. I'll probably be back if I'm in this area. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $35.00
F - Fox Area has 3 way hookups in spaces of varying length. About 57 spaces. Old design, everything at right angles and very well spaced apart. Spent a week there with some rainy days -- some sites were deep in water and mud because tow vehicles have to park on grass. Sites are paved but grooved from use and may tilt forward so bring leveling blocks. All in all a nice place. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $21.00
Could be a great campground, but. We stayed in Fox Area 1, the Full Hookup loop. It was a holiday weekend and the electric was in full use. We were down to 109 volts ac. Many of the sites in that loop were no where near level. Had no problems with water pressure. We checked out the showers and restrooms. The floors and walls could use a good cleaning!!! The mop board along the walls were filthy. Park appeared to be well patroled and someone was at the main gate until 3 am. Everything was quiet by 11 pm. The non-handicap walking trails at the Nature Center could have been better marked and better maintained. Very rough walking as you get further along the trail and one should have hiking boots and not sneakers. All the park personnel were professional and courteous. This had to be one of the nicest NYS parks that I have ever seen. If NYS would figure out how to set up campsites, I could rate it much higher. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $29.00
Here lies a park with an attitude. As long as you don’t ask any favors or don’t mind being surrounded by barking dogs, this might be the park for you. As it turns out, all reservations for NY State Parks are made thru Reserve America, specifying a check-in time of 3:00 pm and a check-out time of 11:00 am, giving the park 4 hours to “groom” the site. But wait! Our only day to take the park guided canoe ride was on the morning of our scheduled departure, leaving at 9:30 and returning at 11:30. Wouldn’t you think that the park superintendent would allow us some flexibility, to check out by 2:00 pm rather than 11:00 am – still a full hour before the scheduled check-in time? “Can’t permit it,” he argued. He did finally agree to 12:00 noon, "but not a minute later" he stipulated, simply because there were other campers watching in disbelief. Yes, the park does offer full hookups, which most other NY state parks lack. And most of the sites can easily accommodate a full array of RV equipment – motorhome, tents, boat, and tow vehicle. My rating of 6.5 reflects some of the other nicer aspects, such as the canoe ride and boat rentals. We camped in a motorhome and will probably not return. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $35.00
WI-FI and cellular service may come from Canadian towers. This could cause international charges on your bill. The site we had was very unlevel and extremely tight. Close to several 1000 Island sites. Large campground with sites for all kinds of camping. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $40.00
I would give this park a higher rating but it is located literally in the middle of lots of water, but there are almost no waterfront sites unless you are in a tent. That being said, it is well maintained and beautiful and very convenient to Alexandria Bay and the boat tours. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $25.00
I was a little disappointed with the park personnel when we were attempting to book in. I realize I did not have a reservation but tried to get into the park for the night due to our reserved park unable to accommodate us. (No one in the office upon check in). The 'young' ladies gave us a number of spots that were available, after advising them we have a 31 foot fifth wheel. We only wanted one night and went to look at the sites. All were way too small for our Unit. We saw numerous empty sites which would have accommodated our unit but they were not marked as available on our map. Now I could understand if it were Friday but this was a Thursday evening. We had stayed here before and found it to be pleasant. I don't know if its just me or the service is going down hill in state parks. We camped at Wellesley Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
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