Published on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 - 4:12PM05/09/2017
Oswego County, NY
HAS RECREATION and FUN FOR EVERYONE!
Named for an Iroquois word meaning “place of the pouring out,” Oswego County, NY is located on the southern shore of Great Lake Ontario and the edge of central New York's Tug Hill Plateau, with easy access to I-81 and I-90. The area’s unique natural features make Oswego County the perfect place to explore the great outdoors.
From trolling on Lake Ontario for trophy trout, salmon, and walleye to fly-fishing for steelhead, Atlantic salmon, and wild brook trout in the wilderness of the Tug Hill Plateau, Oswego County offers unmatched angling opportunities.
Oswego County’s waters have produced 12 world and state record fish, including a 47-lb. Chinook salmon from the legendary Salmon River! Licensed guides and charter captains provide expert guidance and the necessary equipment to create a lasting memory for anglers of all ages.
There are a variety of options to choose from, including private fishing preserves on the Salmon River, expert charter captains on Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake, and plenty of public access including the Oswego River in downtown Oswego.
Oswego County played a unique role in the founding of our nation. Explore three centuries of American history at Fort Ontario, learn the legend of Revolutionary War spy Silas Town, and hear the stories of Holocaust survivors at the Fort Ontario Refugee Shelter.
Spend a day relaxing on Lake Ontario or the Oswego River Canal. There are options for paddlers of all abilities. Look for remnants of the old canal and historic landmarks along the Oswego River, watch for bald eagles and osprey on pristine reservoirs, and shoot the rapids of the Salmon River.
More than 40,000 acres of state forests and wildlife management areas offer recreational activities during all four seasons. 200 miles of trails stretching across Oswego County's scenic landscape are mapped on the interactive trail map HERE Oswego Expeditions, HERE, offers guided hiking, cycling, and paddling tours and day-trips across Oswego County.
Lake Ontario's "Lake Effect" snows produce the highest recorded snowfall east of the Rockies, with exceptional conditions for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
Winona Forest Recreation Area features more than 50 miles of woodland trails and dirt roads for fat bikes, hiking, and winter activities. The Oswego County Snowmobile Association grooms more than 300 miles of snowmobile trails.
Derby Hill is considered one of the the best spring hawk watches in the country. On average 40,000 raptors are counted each spring as they migrate northward.
The French explorer Samuel de Champlain described Oswego County's landscape in 1615 as “a very pleasing and fine country, watered by numerous small streams, two small rivers which empty into said lake [Ontario] and a number of ponds and prairies…” His description is remarkably accurate four centuries later.
For visitor information, Click HERE or call 1-800-248-4FUN.
Oswego County Festivals and Major Events
5/13 Sat. 8 am-3 pm. Derby Hill Bird Observatory Bird Festival: Live birds of prey demonstrations, birding and nature walks, barbecue and kids' activities. Admission is free. Sage Creek Dr., Mexico (off NYS Rte. 104B) www.onondagaaudubon.com
5/13-21 Sat.-Sun. Times TBD. Bemelmans' Festival & Kite-fest: A week of celebrating Ludwig Bemelmans and his life in Oswego. Details TBA. Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. 4th St., Oswego. 315-343-4711, www.fortontario.com
6/17 Sat. Tri-Oswego Sports Events: USAT Sanctioned Triathlon (Swim, Bike, Run) event. Sprint relay for teams of 2 or 3. Post-event BBQ, vendors, and entertainment. Wright's Landing, Lake St., Oswego. www.tri-oswego.com
6-24 Sat. 9 am - 4 pm. 10th Annual Spey Nation Gathering: Enthusiasts and manufacturers of 2-handed spey rods gather in a streamside setting at the NYS DEC Pineville Boat Launch to share techniques. Workshops and demonstrations by top spey anglers. Pineville Boat Launch, Sheepskin Road, Altmar. www.speynation.com
7/27-7/30 Thu.-Sun. Times vary. 30th Annual Oswego Harborfest: NYS's premier admission-free music festival provides quality entertainment to thousands of people of all ages. Vendors, food, music and more in venues located throughout the City of Oswego. 315-343-6858, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oswegoharborfest.com
8/9-13 Wed.-Sun. 160th Annual Oswego County Fair: Oswego County Fair Celebrates our Local Farmers during this 4-day, fun-filled event. Food, games, displays, entertainment and amusement rides. Admission is free. Slight charge for some activities. Oswego County Fairgrounds, 291 Ellisburg St., Sandy Creek. 315-808-3938, www.oswegocountyfair.com
9/22-24 Fri.-Sun. Lioness Club of Central Square's 34th Annual Apple Festival: Approximately 300 crafters, vendors, nonprofit displays and demonstrations, amusement rides, pony rides, live entertainment, special events/contests. Fri. 5-9 pm rides & food only; Sat. 9 am-6 pm; Sun. 9 am-5 pm. Admission $5/car load. Brewerton Speedway. Enter at CNY Raceway Park, 154 US Rte. 11, Central Square. 315-675-8232, www.centralsquareapplefestival.com
9/23 Sat. 9 am-4 pm. NYS DEC Salmon Fiver Fish Hatchery Annual Open House: Highlighting fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities in the Salmon River greenway. Environmental education programs and displays; hatchery tours; fly-fishing demonstrations; fish petting zoo; fishing instruction and related vendors. Admission is free. 2133 Co. Rte. 22, Altmar. 315-298-7605, www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/21663.htm.
9/30-10/1 Sat.-Sun. CNY Great Pumpkin Festival: Features kids' activities, amusement rides, vendors, crafters, fresh produce, food, pony rides and the giant pumpkin weigh-in. Admission is free. Washington Square (East) Park, E. Bridge St., Oswego.
110/4-8 Wed.-Sun. Times vary. NAPA Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLVI: "Racing's Biggest Party" returns to the Oswego Speedway. Admission is charged. 300 E. Albany St., Oswego. www.superdirtweekonline.com