Each season we partner with local businesses and organizations who charter our boats for cruises or fundraisers open to the public. Reservations can only be made by contacting the business or organization. Additionally Clayton Island Tours supports local not-for profit organizations and events by donating gift certificates.
- American Legion Colon Couch Post
- Arts Association of Northern New York – For additional information and reservations contact the Arts Association of Northern New York – aanny.org – 119 W. Main Street, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 Phone 315-686-3502 The Sackets Harbor Arts Center will open for the 2019 season on May 18th.
- Chateau Country Inn – Receive free boat tour tickets on our regularly scheduled tours when you stay at the Chateau Country Inn for a minimum of 2 nights during the 2019 season. www.chateaucountryinn.com 315-686-4217
- Coyote Moon Vineyards – “Wine and Cheese Cruises” – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, departure times vary throughout the season. Reservations can only be made by contacting Coyote Moon Vineyards. Visit Coyote Moon on the River, 524 Riverside Drive in downtown Clayton, call 315-686-4030, or visit http://www.coyotemoonvineyards.com/Cruise
- Grindstone Island Research and Heritage Center www.grindstoneisland.org
- Lake Ontario Lighthouse Challenge Tour – Contact The H. Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego for additional information and registration. www.hlwmm.org or call 315-342-0480
- North Country Arts Council – July 13, 2019 – St. Lawrence River Cruise and Reception on Grindstone Island with Sculptor Will Salisbury. Contact the North Country Arts Council for information and reservations www.nnyarts.com Phone 315-661-6361
- Poets and Writers Inc. – Cape Vincent Arts Council – August 21, 2019 – Poetry on the River Cruise! For information and reservations email [email protected] Cape Vincent Arts Council www.capevincentartscouncil.org.
- Save The River –“On The Water Field Trips” – “In 2009, Save The River launched a partnership with area school districts to bring the St. Lawrence River to the classroom, educating area school children about the St. Lawrence River, its fragility and the importance of its protection…….but in schools where many of the students have never been on the River, there is a lot of interest in doing just the opposite – bringing the classes to the River.” Clayton Island Tours is a proud supporter of this program and each year we welcome hundreds of school children for “On The Water” field trips! Once on board the boat, students get to know the River – identifying Osprey nests and other bird species, searching in wetlands for beaver dams, learning to differentiate between living and non-living things, and so much more! Frequently, our on the water field trips include visits to Rock Island Lighthouse State Park on Rock Island, Minna Anthony Nature Center and Wellesley Island State Park, Canoe Point State Park on Grindstone Island, and Grass Point State Park. In 2017 New York State implemented “Connect Kids to Parks Field Trip Grant Program (Connect Kids) a field trip refund grant program connecting New York schoolchildren with nature and New York State history. https://parks.ny.gov/enviro…/connect-kids/grant-program.aspx Contact Save The River at (315) 686-2010, www.savetheriver.org or contact our Group Tour Department at 315-686-4280, www.claytonislandtours.com, or [email protected]
- Spay-Neuter NOW & Alley Cat Rescue – September 7, 2019 – Coyote Moon Wine and Cheese Cruise – Contact Spay-Neuter Now for information and reservations. Each year Spay-Neuter NoW and Alley Cat Rescue host a fundraiser boat tour on the St. Lawrence. Spay/Neuter/Now 47 Duck Cove Road, Hammond, NY 13646 315-486-0094. Alley Cat Rescue PO Box 706 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607 315-482-3492 www.spayneuternow.org
- Sunday Sunset Concert Series at Frink Park Pavilion, Clayton NY – 6:30pm Sunday Evenings during June, July, and August. Clayton Island Tours donates a gift certificate for our “Rock Island Lighthous on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour” to be given away at the concert each week. 2019 Schedule – June 2nd Karl & Michelle Lagray, June 9th Parkside Bible, June 16th Friends of God, June 23rd Laura Duell & David Sheppard, June 30th Smithville Baptist Church, July 7th Jake & Terrah, July 14th Awaken, July 21st Undefeated, July 28th The Honey O’s, August 4th River Community Church, August 11th Rock Church, August 18th New Life, August 25th Christopher & Jennifer Hopper
- Thousand Islands Arts Center – www.tiartscenter.org
- Thousand Islands Museum – “Sunset History Boat Tours” – Throughout the summer Thousand Islands Museum partners with Clayton Island Tours to offer “Sunset History Boat Tours.” Reservations can only be made by calling the Thousand Island Museum at 315-686-5794. Reservations can only be made by contacting the Thousand Islands Museum at (315) 686-5794 or www.timuseum.org
- 1000 Islands Land Trust – “TILTreks, Kids Treks and Camp” are great programs to get out on the land and experience the natural world in the Thousand Islands. Explore the 1000 Islands by visiting one of TILT’s Signature Preserves! The 1000 Islands Land Trust Charters Clayton Island Tours for boat transportation to a few island events. Reservations can only be made by contacting the 1000 Islands Land Trust at 315.686.5345, www.TILandTrust.org
2019 Schedule For TI Museum Sunset History Tours
Wednesday, June 19 – Wildlife Tour – learn the history of the wildlife that was once part of the river scene as well as seeing the wildlife that is on the river now. Last year we saw a mother Loon with babies on her back. Tickets – $28 per person. Reservations Required and Space is limited. Call 315-686-5794 for more information or to make reservations!
Wednesday, July 10 – Canadian Tour – Join us as we head for Canadian waters, passing Picnic & Canoe Points and the Gananoque Narrows on our way to Ivy Lea. The return trip will take us thru Smuggler’s Cove and the Lost Channel before heading thru Benson’s Rift and along Grindstone Island. Tickets are $28 per person. Tour leaves the dock at 5:30 and returns around 8:00. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Wednesday, July 17 – Island Post Office Tour – Only a few Post Offices still exist on the islands and although we will see all of them, the highlight of the tour will be a stop at Murray Isle where we will leave the boat for a tour of the Post Office as well as the site where the Murray Hill Hotel once stood. This hotel was built in 1895 and was torn down in 1942. Learn the story of this historic site. Tickets are $31 per person. Tour leaves the dock at 5:30. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Wednesday, July 24 – Carleton Island Tour – Boat will head towards Cape Vincent to tour around historic Carleton Island, site of Fort Haldimand, a Revolutionary War fort. Dennis McCarthy will be on the cruise to relate the history of the island, the people and events that took place there, including Edward Wyckoff’s construction of a large villa, the ruins of which still stand. Tickets are $32 per person. Tour leaves the dock at 5:00. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Wednesday, July 31 – Calumet Island Tour – Our second tour of the year to stop at an island! Join us as we head to the privately owned Calumet Island to see the remains of Charles Emery’s Calumet Castle, which was his summer residence. Unlike Boldt Castle, Calumet was completed and lived in. The castle burnt down in 1957. Tickets are $28 per person. Tour leaves the dock at 5:30. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Friday, August 2 – Ichthyologists (Fish Scientists) for a Day / Thousand Islands Biological Station, Governor’s Island
Wednesday, August 7 – Cherry Island Tour – Join us for our second journey to Cherry Island where you will tour Casa Blanca, a Gilded Age three story mansion. It is like taking a step back in time. The owner of Casa Blanca will be offering cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tour is three hours long, one hour boat ride each way and one hour on the island. Tickets are $40 per person. Tour leaves the dock at 5:00. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Wednesday, August 14 – Shore Dinner Cruise – Imagine you have been fishing with a guide all day and now it is time to head for shore to enjoy the catch of the day. One of the Clayton fishing guides will meet us at the site on Grindstone Island where the guides serve their shore dinners. You will enjoy a traditional shore dinner served as they have been for over 150 years. We are limited to 45 people on this tour, so make your reservation early. Tickets are $61 per person. Tour leaves the dock at 5:30
Wednesday, August 21 – Shipwreck Tour – Dennis McCarthy, local diver and President of the Clayton Diving Club will join us for a tour to the sites of the shipwrecks in the area. Please note that the ships are in deep water and can’t be seen, but we will have books for sale that show underwater pictures of some of the wrecks. Learn the history of the ships and what caused them to sink. Tickets are $28 per person. Reservations are required and boats fill quickly. Tour leaves the dock at 5:30 returning around 8:00.
Wednesday, August 28 – Admiralty Island Tour – Our final tour of the season will again head to Canadian waters to tour the beautiful Admiralty Islands. Learn the significance of Half Moon Bay. See how Napoleon is connected with Hay Island. Tickets are $28 per person. Tour leaves the dock at 5:30 returning around 8:00.