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“Camping at Wellesley Island State Park”
Review of Wellesley Island

Wellesley Island
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Owner description: Wellesley Island is home to a state park, a nature center and museum – with trails taking you through marshland, forest and shoreline – and three golf courses.
Reviewed 14 August 2010

I have mixed feelings about this park. On one hand, the premium waterfront site we had overlooking the St.Lawrence River was magnificent. The staff at the park were pleasant and accommodating. Not sure if it's the norm in NY state parks, but we never saw a ranger or park police. Unlike many other state or provincial parks, NY has no restrictions on alcoholic beverages. Consequently, our communing with nature was marred by drunken fratboys and campers who were inexplicably screaming constantly until 1 or 2 a.m. A visible ranger presence might have cut down on the uncivilized behavior which really left a bad taste in our mouths. "Quiet Time" is supposed to begin at 10 p.m.; but apparently is not enforced to any degree. I suspect that teenagers use the park as a safe haven for underage drinking. There's nobody there to supervise them.
The park itself is beautiful, as is the surrounding area. We slipped over to Ontario twice to visit Kingston and Gananoque. The bridge itself is worth the trip. (Must have a passport, though.) There are a couple stores right outside the park entrance that sell ice & firewood at reasonable prices, and there is a gas station, as well.
I would surmise that this park would be fantastic to experience in late summer or late spring. In peak season, though; it appears to be inhabited by too many rowdies who are there primarily to drink and socialize. Also, being the state's largest campground--one would expect a few more shower houses. Long lines, especially for the women, were common. Just a tip for park management: install yellow/amber fluorescent lights in the restrooms. Then you wouldn't have to have your staff clean up bugs constantly. You might want to have some paper towels by the sinks, too.
So, there you have it: a mixed bag. Could be a great place to camp if the above issues were addressed.

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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed 13 July 2003

Many of the previous posters complaints are resolved with the new management at the Wellesley Hotel restaurant in Thousand Island Park - it's super in all respects, including the food, service, and atmosphere.

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syracuse, new york
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Reviewed 27 June 2003

Very nice but a little tame. T.I. Park is beautiful w/great homes but could use more restoration and better restaurants. Tennis Island is a beautiful spot but needs a better restaurant with better hours. The Thousand Island Yacht Club needs to be sold to someone who cares about the area, history, architecture and the visitors beyond just a cash cow and status of ownership. The food is poor to average. The service is mediocre at best. The bar is small and gets crowded. There should be some decorum as we do not need to see sun wrinkled boat cleaner girls; drunk and flashing their thongs while being loud and obnoxious.
Management? The business hours are not user friendly to boaters or visitors who come off the water late. The building is in serious need of repair. I do notice some improvement but it needs more. The white patio furniture needs to go as it is always dirty and a darker color would be good. Flowers; where are they? Umbrellas? The marina is okay.
The golf course is fine although not too challenging. The area has potential for someone who cares. One could do it right and still crank a profit as it would attract even more people.

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