This region of Tug Hill covering western Oneida County and southern Oswego County delivers real outdoor fun throughout the four seasons.
There are plenty of opportunities here to explore Tug Hill’s beautiful natural resources both on land and in the water. The mix of larger and smaller Tug Hill communities in this region creates a variety of experiences for visitors.
For outdoor enthusiasts, there are numerous state forests, nature parks and environmental education centers covering thousands of acres of Tug Hill lands to explore.
During the warmer months, these lands are popular for hiking and camping. Many of these trails offer some of the most magnificent fall foliage in the area. The scattered pristine Tug Hill lakes, river, ponds and streams offer prime boating, paddling and fishing experiences.
For birdwatchers, waterfowl and songbirds are often found along the trails on the edge of the Tug Hill Plateau, while many other birds, including several threatened species, are found in wetland areas along the north shore of Oneida Lake.
Plenty of fishing opportunities for anglers await throughout this region, with miles of public fishing rights on creeks, rivers and state-owned lands.
Oneida Lake has earned a reputation as a top fishing destination for walleye and bass, supported by the fish hatchery in Constantia. The lake is also a popular spot for boating in the summer and ice-fishing in the winter.
Large snowfalls in the region create a winter wonderland for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Farms throughout the area offer bountiful harvests and much of their produce can be found at stands along rural roads and farmers markets. There are also several U-Pick Apple Orchards. Other locally produced products include fruit wines, fresh baked goods and gourmet jams.
Did You Know?
- Oneida Lake is the largest lake in surface area within New York State, and receives approximately 45 percent of its surface water inflow from the East Branch of Fish Creek.
- The water originating from Tug Hill supports the region’s fish hatcheries, supplying trout and salmon to the Salmon River, and walleye and bass to Oneida Lake.
- A total of 12 world and state record fish have been caught in Oswego County waters.