Thursday, September 29, 2005
Amidst the gentle waters of the St. Lawrence River there is a place like no other, Alexandria Bay. The waters guide you to a place of year-round beauty and a sportsman’s paradise. Of the 1,860 islands that dot the St. Lawrence and comprise the 1000 Island region, many of the most amazing can be found in and surrounding Alexandria Bay. Nestled on Heart Island is the legendary Boldt Castle and its building is based on a love story from the late 1800’s. Just a short 10 miles downriver, Singer Castle, is where mystery and beauty meet the river. In between the two castles is Millionaire’s Row whose Island homes reflect the opulence and individuality of an era gone by. Guided by two lighthouses, the Seaway is active with trade in the early April to late December season as is shown by the large tankers that majestically travel past the Bay.
Alexandria Bay has become the true family vacation destination, offering something for every member of the family. Two boat tour companies offer shuttles to Boldt Castle, lunch and dinner cruises, limited tours to Casablanca on Cherry Island and tours of Singer Castle. For those romantics planning a wedding, Boldt Castle and Singer Castle offer settings for beautiful island weddings, as do many mainland locations.
The St. Lawrence River offers world class fishing, as recent national publication noting Alexandria Bay as one of the top 10 fishing locations in the U.S., dishing up offerings of Northern Pike and Walleye in May, and Black Bass from late June to November. The time to catch the mighty Muskie is from July to December, but don’t forget ice fishing in the winter months. The varied depths and clear waters, as well as a rich history of water commerce have drawn thousands to the area to enjoy scuba diving. Boaters find miles and miles of scenic boating along the St. Lawrence.