An Adventure through New York’s 1000 Islands, Part 5: Chippewa Bay and Back Home

Kayaking to Cedar Island State Park

Kayaking to Cedar Island State Park

This is the fifth and final part in Laura Pedrick’s series exploring New York’s 1000 Islands region. Check out part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here.

Breakfast at the Sherman Inn

Breakfast

Before we depart the next morning, we sit down for a lovely breakfast at the Sherman Inn. Owner John’s partner Carlos prepares for us a green apple, kale and raspberry smoothie; a pecan-and-almond oatmeal; and a pizza frittata with Italian sausage. By the way, the $125 daily rate includes breakfast. It was just the energy we needed for our morning kayaking trip in Chippewa Bay—our final 1000 Islands activity before heading to the airport for home.

Kayaking on Chippewa Bay
On our final day in Thousand Islands, we rent kayaks from the Riverbay Adventure Inn at $20 per on-top kayak per half day and set out into the cool, clear waters of Chippewa Bay.

Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat

Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat

Our original intention is to paddle out to Singer Castle but instead we decide to spend time in Cedar Island State Park, where we can park our kayaks on shore and swim. From the picnic pavilion, built around 1900, we can see the castle. After enjoying our stay for a bit too long, we high-tail it out and furiously paddle back to the inn so we can make the two-hour drive to Syracuse for our afternoon flights home.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Back to Syracuse—and then home
All ends well. We return the rental cars within minutes of being charged an extra day, say our goodbyes in the parking garage and head for our gates. Despite the small inconvenience brought by sore arms from paddling, on the plane I doze off briefly and peacefully dream of the 1000 Islands—and for just a moment, think that I’m still there. I can always return next summer.

This is the fifth and final part in Laura Pedrick’s series exploring New York’s 1000 Islands region. Check out part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here.

Laura Pedrick

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Laura Pedrick

Laura is a photojournalist who for most of her career has been assigned to cover New Jersey for The New York Times. Stories have included the Statehouse, political campaigns, and a wide range of hard news and features for all sections of the paper, including the Travel section. More recently she has focused on clients in the healthcare industry and education. She lives in Titusville, NJ, with her daughter and sometimes assistant, Lana. And oh yeah, has known Johnny Jet (dare she say it) since he was in diapers and is excited to be working for him as one of his latest contributors!

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