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Captain Russ Finehout (right)

First Bass

Fishing Aboard The Woodbutcher II

The 1000 Islands & the St. Lawrence River area in upper New York State is sometimes said to be the best kept secret in the world. For the people who have never been to the 1000 Islands, too bad, for they are missing truly one of the most beautiful areas in the entire world.

As you enter the 1000 Islands region, you visit what the Iroquois called "The Garden Place of the Great Spirit". Visitors come here to enjoy the serenity and grandeur of the area. This segment of the St. Lawrence River runs from the far eastern end of Lake Ontario to Ogdensburg, N.Y., with Clayton at it's center. If you are looking for beautiful scenery, family fun or relaxation, Clayton and the 1000 islands has it all.

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The waters of the St. Lawrence River around Clayton abound with various species of fish. Bass, Northern Pike & Perch almost jump in the boat to get your bait. For the more tenacious fisherman, the waters of the St. Lawrence offer the opportunity to catch the mighty Muskellunge. The world's record Muskie was caught here weighing almost 70 lbs. Famous St. Lawrence River Shore Dinners at our private island with Captain Russ Finehout, your guide and chef are an added specialty. Our past clients agree that everyone should enjoy the experience at least once in a lifetime; but this is an impossibility: Once you have enjoyed the experience, you will return again and again!


Located in a region for the family: The 1000 Islands offer many attractions for people with varying interests. There are museums, tour boat rides, castle exploration on an island, amusement parks, golfing, hunting and fishing, to name a few. For sure, no matter what your interests are, they can be satisfied in the islands.

"Clients of Captain Russ Finehout, often request a stop at his private island for picture taking and a private shore dinner."

"Nice Catch of Bass & Pike"

"Mighty Muskie"


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St. Lawrence Charters
214 State Street, Clayton, NY 13624

(315) 686-1216  - May thru October

(863) 692-9117 - November to April