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Wellesley Island

Wellesley Island is the place to visit if you are an outdoors enthusiast. Located west of Alexandria Bay just over the 1000 Islands Bridge, Wellesley Island is the home to Wellesley Island State Park with 429 campsites, a boat launch, the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center and Museum, and three golf courses.

The Nature Center is a 600-acre preserve open year round with 8 miles of trails that take you through shoreline habitats, marshes, fields and forrest. The trails and museum are open year round offering a variety of programs, activities, walks, ski rentals and Voyageur Canoe rides.

The three golf courses located on Wellesley Island are the Thousand Islands Golf Club’s "Old Course" and "Lake Course", and the Wellesley Island State Park Golf Course. The Thousand Islands Golf Club, one of the area's oldest golf courses, has quite a colorful history. Designed by Seth Raynor in the early 1900's, the course was frequently played by tycoons such as Rockefeller, Boldt, and Pullman. Before the Depression, when the club was a private course, the initiation fee was $100,000. The "Old Course" is a 7000 yard USGA, fully irrigated course. The Lake Course is a 5000 yard "golfer friendly layout" course and is one of those beautiful, one of a kind, challenging courses that make golfers of all skill levels say, "You play the Lake Course once, and you've got to come back again and again." The Wellesley Island State Park course offers 9 scenic holes.

Wellesley Island is also the home to Thousand Island Park. The charm of Thousand Island Park derives from many things: its splendid setting, its sense of detachment, and its special social history, but not the least from its delightful buildings. The Thousand Island Park Historic District is a unique collection of late 19th and early 20th century structures, and the only surviving example of the late 19th-century summer religious colonies found in the Thousand Islands region. The architecture of the buildings derives its characteristics from the prominent styles of the 19th century: Queen Anne, Eastlake, Stick style, Shingle style and later Bungalow. A more precise architectural description of the cottages in the Park may be found in the Thousand Park Landmark Society office.   This is a 19th century town, which has changed very little from a century ago. There is a strong sense of community here and the happy quality of the buildings in the Park is a natural expression of the people who built them and continue to use them.