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Oswego County Getaway Guide

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By Janet Clerkin, Oswego County Tourism

Nestled between Oneida Lake, the Tug Hill Plateau and Great Lake Ontario, Oswego County's unique geography makes it a perfect place to explore the great outdoors.

Lake Ontario's legendary "Lake Effect" snows produce the highest recorded snowfall east of the Rockies, creating exceptional conditions for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The county's nearly 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails provide unlimited access to the state trail network.

The Oswego County trail system winds through deep wooded areas, open fields, along old railroad beds, and through thousands of acres of parks and forests. Riders enjoy spectacular views and pristine scenery along the Salmon River Reservoir, Salmon River Falls, Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area, Winona Forest Recreation Area, Oswego County Recreation Trail, Oneida Lake, and many other areas.

The main corridor and secondary trails provide access to villages and hamlets across the county, where riders will find plenty of snowmobile-friendly restaurants, lodging, fuel, and repair services. Overnight accommodations range from luxury riverfront hotels to cozy B and B's and rustic cottages along the trail network.

Deep Snow Winona State Forest
Deep Snow Winona State Forest, Photo By Bernie Walker
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The Oswego County Snowmobile Association is dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the trail system. Hundreds of volunteers devote countless hours throughout the year to keep the snowmobile trails, parking areas and infrastructure safe, meticulously groomed and well-maintained. Riders are encouraged to join a club, share the camaraderie and other benefits of club membership, and support the trail network.

Interstate 81 passes through the county and provides convenient access to the New York State Thruway and points east, west, north and south. The county's excellent highway crews are second to none in keeping up with the challenges of Lake Effect snow.

For visitor information, go to or call 1-800-248-4FUN.

Oswego Riders

Trailheads and Parking

Boylston, Little John and Blounts Mill Road (N 43 40.213, W 75 52.539)

Winona Forest, Bargy Road (N 43 41.869, W 75 58.521), Tucker Road (N 43 40.342 W 75 58.261)

Cleveland, Oswego County Recreation Trail North Street (N 43 14.174, W 75 52.839)

Fulton, Oswego County Recreation Trail, Maple Ave. and Co. Rte. 6 (N 43 18.537, W 76 21.033)

Mexico, Eis House Restaurant, 144 Academy St. (N 43 28.169, W 76 15.3080), Mexico Point Park, 120 Mexico Point Drive (N 43 313.181, W 76 15.308)

Parish, Grist Mill Restaurant, 3039 Co. Rte. 26 (N 43 24.737 W 76 06.812) Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area Headquarters, NYS Rte. 104 (N 43 28.005 W 76 00.775) Mapleview Family Restaurant, 2023 State Rte. 104 (N 43 27.518 W 76 06.951)

Pulaski, Selkirk Shores State Park, 7101 NYS Rte. 3 (N 43 32.851, W 76 11.411)

Redfield, Co. Rte. 15 & Co. Rte. 17 (N 43 39.194, W 75 54.048), End of Little John Drive (N 43 38.772, W 75 53.562) DEC Lot, Co. Rte. 17 (across from Redfield Town Hall) (N 43 31.460, W 75 49.100)

Richland, Co. Rte. 48 near Mattison Road (N 43 33.038, W 76 02.723)

West Monroe, Oswego County Recreation Trail, Toad Harbor Road (N 43 16.612, W 76 4.968) Route 49 and Co. Rte. 37 (N 43 17.009, W 76 06.847) Two Guys from Italy, NYS Rte. 49 (N 43 17.133 W 76 05.695)

Williamstown, Buck's Family Restaurant, 469 NYS Rte. 13 (N 43 27.197 W 75 56.182) County Parking Lot, Ball Road and NYS Rte. 13, west of village (N 43 25.433, W 75 53.417) Kasoag Lake Park, 603 Co. Rte. 30 (N 43 28.709, W 75 55.350)

2017 Oswego County Snowmobiling Events

Jan. 14: Redfield Snowmobile Association sponsors Chicken BBQ and Poker run. BBQ starts at noon. Start getting poker run cards stamped at area businesses Jan. 7. Cheese Factory Restaurant, Co. Rte. 39. $10 dinner; $5 to draw poker hand. (315) 599-7762

Oswego Vintage Sleds

Jan. 21: Square Valley Trailblazers hosts 22nd annual Don Rowe Antique Snowmobile Show, the longest running antique snowmobile show in the state. 8 am - 4 pm. Six classes including a yearly featured snowmobile and a new youth class. Two Guys from Italy Restaurant, NYS Rte. 49, Central Square. Free admission; $5 entry fee for show classes. (315) 668-9945.

Jan. 28: Square Valley Trail Blazers Groomers Day. Snowmobilers are invited to gather in Happy Valley (OS301) to meet groomer drivers. Free hotdogs and beverages; free admission. (315) 668-9945.

Jan. 29: Take a Friend Snowmobiling at Selkirk Shores State Park. 11 am - 3 pm. 7101 NY Rte 3, Pulaski. Hosted by Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club, the public is invited to take a snowmobile ride, ride in a groomer, learn about safe snowmobiling. Enclosed pavilion with heat. Free admission. (315) 430-1754.

Feb. 11: 17th annual Great Eastern Whiteout. Fulton War Memorial, 8 am - 5 pm. Vintage and antique snowmobile show and swap; one of the largest shows of its kind in the northeast. Admission $10 adults; $5 ages 8 - 12. (315) 592-4892.

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Covered Bridge Challenge!

Covered Bridge Challenge bridge Once again, riders are challenged to brave the elements and either ride or trailer to five Covered Bridges found on two routes spanning the eastern and western sides of New York State! Once again, the covered bridge on the Square Valley Trailblazers’ trails, located in Parish, NY, is included! Receive your 2016-7 Winner's Decal by riding across each of the 5 bridges on either route, posting a selfie of you, your sled and the bridge you have just crossed! Sponsored in part by the Oswego County Tourism Office.

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