In 1615 the French explorer Samuel de Champlain described Oswego County’s landscape 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 relevant four centuries later.

Named for an Iroquois word meaning “place of the pouring out,” Oswego County, NY is located on the southern shore of Great Lake Ontario. With easy access to I-81 and I-90, the area’s diverse and unique natural features make this “very pleasing and fine country” the perfect place to explore the great outdoors.

From fly-fishing the legendary Salmon River for steelhead and Atlantic salmon, to trolling Lake Ontario for salmon and trout, Oswego County is an international year-round fishing destination. Public waterfront and private fishing preserves offer angling options for all ages and skill levels. Professional guides provide expert advice and the necessary equipment. Tackle shops, marinas and other services are conveniently located near popular fishing spots.

Courtesy of Lake Ontario, Oswego County receives 200 to 300 inches of Lake Effect snow annually. Winona Forest, with 70 miles of multi-use trails, is popular for cross-country skiing, fat bikes, and snowshoeing during the winter months, and hiking and other activities the rest of the year. Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails lead riders across rolling hills to explore the Tug Hill and beyond.

Stay in an historic stone lighthouse, riverfront hotel, cozy cottage, or BnB. You’ll find lodging to suit every budget. Campgrounds range from the spacious Selkirk Shores State Park overlooking Lake Ontario to full-service resorts and perfectly remote tent spots. There are more than 3,500 sites to choose from.

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