Escape to a secluded 900 sq foot waterfront cottage nestled in the 19th century Forsyth Granite Quarry on the North side of Grindstone Island. Located on a 2 acre parcel adjacent to a 15 acre preserve, expect privacy & beautiful wildlife. Grindstone Island is 3 X 7 miles, mixed farm/forest, dozens of miles unpaved roads.
Friendly dogs welcome.
Deep water 30 foot dock, 10 foot diving board, Swim deck, 2 canoes, kayaks. Wood fired hot tub, Cement outdoor ping pong table. New Braunfels smoker/grill, propane grill, bicycles, fire pit. firewood, propane & charcoal included. 12' long new park style picnic table, cedar adirondack chairs, benches, etc. Fish cleaning station.
To be clear: you are getting away- no stores, no bars, no paved roads. There is no bridge/ road access to the Island. Access is by boat, barge or water taxi. Taxi service is roughly $100 (11 mile ride from Clayton) RJ Marine (315) 686-9805.
Large master bedroom (14X12) w/ queen & bunks, small bunk room (8X12), full size pull-out couch. Fireplace, full bath, fridge, dishwasher, electric range, microwave. After hard freeze dates, there is an outdoor composting toilet (fancy outhouse NOT used in Summer and typical rental dates). Full size washer/ dryer. Bathroom in house recently redone, tile, sink, flush toilet, oversize shower.
Walking distance to Dodge Hall Community Center/dance hall, Thurso Methodist Church, and 3/4 mile walk to Potter's Beach. 1/2 mile from 40 acre shoal Muskie fishing grounds. More than 1000 feet of waterfront, impressive views of river & quarry red granite cliffs. We are about 6 miles boat ride from Clayton and 2 miles to Gananoque, Canada.
Expect to see deer, owls, free range cattle, bald eagles, etc. Mink & otter have been seen nearby. Fishing for pike, perch, walleye, and muskie within sight of the cottage. Guided fishing excursions can be arranged in advance. Guided hunting services (as well as Island Tours) for deer, turkey, waterfowl can also be arranged (in the appropriate season). We have even had local folk singers entertain at the fire pit - availability variable & must be arrayed in advance. . . Many options to make this your most memorable vacation ever!
Grindstone Island is rustic, free from convenience stores and asphalt. To insure a stress free visit, contact host about stocking food & beverages prior to your arrival. The Island is accessible only by boat, rentals are available at Clayton Marina. GPS & River Charts suggested.
A Captain/Guide is often available & suggested to escort you and/ or your boat to Thurso Bay- Contact host about this service. If you do not have a boat we can likely get you to & from the island as an added service!
For the truly adventurous, we can even arrange to barge your SUV/Jeep or other suitable vehicle to the island!
This particular property is close to most everything 'happening' on Grindstone Island, yet the surrounding woods and quarry provide a buffer against much of the Summer Island bustle. While the beach and the dance hall are a short walk, there is just enough geography that it's quiet when you settle in for the night.
Gananoque Ontario is a a short boat ride away. A Nexus card for all travelers makes excursions there a LOT easier- call in/ out on your cell phone. The Nexus card is less hassle free compared to an enhanced license or passport. Attractions in Gananoque include a playhouse, art stores, and a half dozen excellent restaurants.
Our first experience in the Thousand Island was our honeymoon, September 2001. We mutually fell in love with the River; this led to local employment, children, and Grindstone Island.
This cottage is equipped with a wood stove insert, a monitor kerosene heater as well as an out house/ composting toilet that is used during winter months (traditional bathroom during Spring, Summer, Fall). This makes spending a few days on the Island over the Winter an enjoyable adventure!
Cottage, River, Island, Boating, Hiking, Kayak, Private Getaway, Scenic View