SPEND A WEEK ON YOUR OWN PRIVATE ISLAND
Thousand Islands is a misnomer. The chain, in northern New York, is, in fact, made up of closer to 2,000 islands strung along the St. Lawrence River—some miles long with little communities, others rocks with just a few trees. Straddling the U.S.–Canada border, this gorgeous archipelago is dotted with inlets and bays, where you can fish for bass, muskie, pike, and walleye in water so clear that you can see the trophies you’re targeting. But the island chain is more than an angling retreat. The 2,636-acre Wellesley Island State Park has campsites, miles of trails, and a marina, where you can rent a jon boat for cruising. And you should have no trouble finding an affordable rental house, many of which share an island with just a few other homes. If you really want seclusion, head north to Canada’s Thousand Islands National Park, where you can paddle out to and camp on an uninhabited isle.
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