St. Lawrence County is the largest in New York State - spanning 1,808,080 acres. It is home to the St. Lawrence River, a major historic thoroughfare for trade, transportation and recreation that was christened by a group of French explorers who discovered the river on Saint Lawrence Feast Day. The waterway travels for 744 miles, connecting the United States to Canada, and the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean.
The Adirondack Seaway Region is well known for its' outstanding education centers. The region boasts four universities, as well as the SUNY-ESF Ranger School. Universities include:
- Clarkson University
- St. Lawrence University
- State University of New York at Canton
- State University of New York at Potsdam
Home to the Five Ponds Region of the Adirondacks, including Star Lake, Cranberry Lake and Wanakena, the Adirondack Seaway Region is a wonderful juxtaposition of picturesque towns and villages such as Canton and Potsdam, and pristine wilderness. With a history as old as America - the area offers plenty to discover.
The St. Lawrence Seaway is a commercial shipping channel that offers scenic outdoor recreation for boaters and scuba divers. In the late 1950s a series of canals and locks were installed along the river to allow ocean-going vessels to travel to and from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Lake Superior. Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially opened the St. Lawrence Seaway on June 26, 1959.
Additionally, the section of St. Lawrence County located within the Adirondack Park includes a significant section of the wild Oswegatchie River, as well as Cranberry Lake.
The Adirondack Seaway Region is home to a diverse landscape - from river valley to wild forest, the region is a year-round playground. The Massena Country Club is just one of 15 challenging St. Lawrence golf courses. Find meticulously groomed terrain and par 72 courses set amid the stunning Adirondack landscape.
Scuba Diving in the St. Lawrence River offers three seasons of underwater exploration. Discover the wreckage of five ships: the Eastcliffe Hall, Conestoga, Fleur Marie, American and Loblaw's Wreck. Dive day or night for a sub-aquatic adventure in the St. Lawrence River.
Home to more than 200 ponds, rivers and lakes - the Adirondack Seaway Region offers incredible fishing and paddling opportunities. Fish for muskellunge, bass, walleye, trout and carp, and enjoy wilderness recreation areas around Cranberry Lake and Star Lake. Visit one of the region's many nature centers offering leisurely walks, wheel-chair accessible trails and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Enjoy a camping trip in Cranberry Lake, which spans almost 7,000 acres, offering plenty of opportunities for backcountry boating and paddling expeditions. A public campground and day use area offer amenities for families, as well as access to the region's hiking trails.
Adirondack Seaway Culture
"Where mountains meet the St. Lawrence and culture meets the great outdoors."
The Adirondack Seaway Region is home to a diverse mix of cultures. Since 1974, the region has been home to three Amish communities. Traditional Amish crafts and homemade goods can be found at stores throughout the region, including Pickens General Store in Heuvelton.
The Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne is represented in both Canada and the United States. One of the original Seven Nations of Canada, contemporary Akwesasne territory coincides with the St. Regis Indian Reservation in neighboring Franklin County. Today, the reservation is home to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, as well as the Mohawk Bingo Palace, both generating revenue that directly benefits the community.
Several cultural and heritage centers are located throughout the county, including Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, known as TAUNY. Located in Canton, TAUNY showcases the region's diverse cultures - from Amish to Mohawk and more. Folk workshops, programs and events are offered, including fiddle making, wood carving, fly tying and more. The gallery includes rotating exhibits of tramp art, log cabin quilts, model boats and oral traditions.
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- Maple Weekends in March - As one of the state's largest maple sugar producers, St. Lawrence County offers a plethora of farms and tours during this annual event. Pancake breakfasts, wagon rides and demonstrations are also offered.
- Madrid Bluegrass River Festival in June - This annual event brings bluegrass music fans together for a weekend of fun. Enjoy live performances, camping, community dinners, jam sessions and more.
- Civil War Weekend in July - Experience Civil War history and enjoy reenactments, demonstrations, canon firing and a fashion show of period clothing.
- Frederick Remington Museum - Each phase of Remington's artistic career is represented and the museum's collections include 17 bronze sculptures, hundreds of oil and watercolor paintings, illustrations and the artist's personal belongings.
- Akwesasne Cultural Center - Home to a large collection of memorabilia, artifacts and interpretive panels, the culture center museum includes 2,000 photographs and more than 700 cultural tokens including baskets, clothing, bead work, carvings and more.
- Singer Castle - Located on Dark Island off the coast of Hammond, the boat-access only castle was built as a hunting retreat for the Frederic Bourne family. Tour the secret passageways, two-story ice house, indoor squash court and dungeon.
- Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) - The repository of the region's folk arts and folklore, view everything from Amish baskets to wood bowls and carvings. Workshops are offered for traditional crafts including rug braiding, pottery and weaving.