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Part of the Thousand Island Region of New York Jefferson County offers attractions and activities for all four seasons. Alexandria Bay, New York, located on the St. Lawrence River in the "Heart of the Thousand Islands" in northern Jefferson County, is a riverside tourist resort community that enjoys scenic beauty, quiet charm and a position among the Thousand Islands that is unequaled anywhere. It has captured the hearts and imaginations of tourists, historians, boaters, fishermen and everyday residents. Visitors to this historic tourist village will find an amazing array of sites to see, as well as fun and leisure activities.
The heritage of Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands includes accounts and legends of pirates who looted passing ships. Perhaps the most famous of Alexandria Bay's pirate stories was the capture of the Sir Robert Peel in May 1838. A gang of pirates led by Bill Johnston boarded the ship, ordered the passengers and crew to shore, grabbed 20,000 pounds in militia payroll, then torched and fled the vessel. Within days, thirteen men were captured and charged for the assault on the ship, but none of them were ever convicted. The remnants of the sunken hull still remain there, and have been a popular underwater adventure for scuba divers and a curiosity for tourists and history buffs.
A fisherman's delight in all seasons, a gorgeous autumn display and some of the best snowmobiling areas in the northeast make this a place to visit any time of year!
The Black River is a 125-mile-long blackwater river that empties into the eastern end of Lake Ontario on the shore of Jefferson County, New York.
The river is an excellent location for fishing. Abundant trout, salmon, bass, and pike are present in the stream. Salmon is the most favoured. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular on some stretches of the river, notably the Black River Canyon, which begins in Watertown and ends in Brownville. The Black River Canyon is one of few whitewater streams which have reliable flows throughout the summer. The "Canyon" itself is not actually present until you reach Brownville and ends in the Dexter Reservoir.
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Two counties, one destination: Outdoor recreation lives here! 10 state parks, two federal parks and over 400,000 acres of state forest land offer hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, star gazing, and so much more.