Premieres Monday, June 24 at 9 PM

WPBS-TV explores natural wonders of the North while visiting Jefferson, St. Lawrence & Lewis Counties and Canada! Join WPBS on a two-nation tour of New York State Parks, Provincial Canadian Parks and Waterfalls!

Coles Creek State Park

Route 37
Waddington, NY 13694

Hours of Operation:  The park opens in mid-May and closes after Columbus Day.
What You'll Like:
2019 Swimming Season: Coming Soon
2019 Camping/Cabin Season: Coming Soon
Boat Dockage: By Concession
Shelter Rentals (2): 5/13 - 9/10, by permit
Waterfowl hunting is permitted in season. Deer hunting is allowed in season in a designated area south of Route 37.


5201 Canon Smith Drive
Fitzroy Harbour Ontario Canada K0A 1X0
Phone:  613-623-5159

What You'll Like:
Great family camping park with large campsites; swim, hike or relax by the beach
Stay at the park and explore the Ottawa Valley or visit the nation's capital - only one hour away
Located at the junction of the meandering Carp River and the mighty Ottawa River
See century-old White Pine forest and a stand of 200-year-old Bur Oak.
Year established: 1963

Higley Flow State Park

442 Cold Brook Drive
Colton, NY 13625
Phone(315) 262-2880

What You'll Like:
Higley Flow State Park is nestled among the Adirondack foothills on the picturesque Raquette River. Spacious campsites, separated from neighbors by pine trees, abound in the park. The terrain is hilly and heavily-wooded and there is a sandy beach on the reservoir of the Raquette River. The scenic river is ideal for canoeing and fishing. The Beaver Pond Nature Trail has interpretive signs that describe the six distinct habitats through which the trail passes. Hiking trails double as cross-country ski trails in winter, when snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing are also allowed.

Hours of Operation:
Open from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Deer hunting is permitted in season, South of Cold Brook Drive.

Jacques Cartier State Park

Route 12
Morristown, NY 13664
Phone(315) 375-6371

What You'll Like:
Jacques Cartier State Park has a sheltered bay protecting the sandy swimming beach and camper's dock. The two biggest highlights at Jacques Cartier State Park are unlimited boating opportunities and excellent fishing. The park's large open lawns encourage games and picnics; a playground and secondary, forested picnic area are nearby. In winter, cross-country skiing is permitted in the park.

Hours of Operation
Open mid-May through Columbus Day weekend.

Murphy's Point

Natural Environment
2243 Elmgrove Road, R.R. 5
Perth, Ontario CANADA K7H 3C7
Phone: 613-267-5060

What You'll Like:
Established in 1967 and located on Big Rideau Lake, part of the historic Rideau Waterway, the Silver Queen Mine, an early 1900s mica mine is on-site.  Tours of the mine and other regular interpretive programs run from end of June to Labor Day and scheduled during fall weekends.  Hiking trails are groomed in the winter for skiing and a multitude of Car and RV camping, group camping, backcountry camping (boat-in sites on the Rideau) is available.  There is a great mix of wildlife habitat: forest, wetland, old fields and three lakes to explore at this Natural Environment Canadian park!

Robert G. Wehle State Park

5182 State Park Road
Henderson, NY 13650
Phone(315) 938-5302

What You'll Like:
Robert G. Wehle State Park is the region's newest park from the former estate of Mr. Wehle.  The park boasts 1,100 acres and over 17,000 ft of spectacular Lake Ontario shoreline. Among the facilities immediately available to the public is the residential compound featuring the main house, guest quarters, the "studio" and formal gardens. Extremely private, the area can accommodate up to 8 people. Rental arrangements can be made through Reserve America.  Also available are over 10 miles of hiking/mountain biking trails, tennis court, picnicking and cross-country skiing. Hunting is allowed in designated areas during the season.
Danger Notice: Cliff-side location - May not be suitable for families with children.

Hours of Operation
May to October
Hunting permitted in season by permit only.
Tennis Court: Available in season on a walk-in basis.

Robert Moses State Park - Thousand Islands

32 Beach Marina Road
Massena, NY 13662
Phone(315) 769-8663

What You'll Like:
Robert Moses State Park is located partly on the mainland and partly on Barnhart Island. Visitors reach the park through a tunnel under the Eisenhower Lock. The park is spacious, home to a large variety of flora and fauna and offers a multitude of recreational opportunities, including wooded campsites and cabins, a marina and boat launch, some of the best fishing in the Northeast, picnic areas, a swimming beach, tennis courts and a year round nature center. The nature center also offers holiday, special events and school outreach programs. The park's nature, hiking and cross-country skiing trails wind through fields, forests and wetlands, with overlooks showcasing spectacular views. In winter, the park also welcomes snowmobilers.

Hours of Operation
Open year round.

Rock Island Lighthouse State Park

Accessible by boat only
Fisher's Landing, NY 13641
Mailing Address
c/o Grass Point State Park
42247 Grassy Point Rd.Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
Phone(315) 775-6886

What You'll Like:
Now Open! Come visit the historic Rock Island Lighthouse on the beautiful St. Lawrence Seaway. When you visit, climb the stairs of the lighthouse and enjoy a bird's eye view from the lantern room. Tour the museum in the keeper's quarters and learn about the history of the island, its keepers, and the magnificent St. Lawrence River.  Walk the island and take home a souvenir from the gift shop.   
The Rock Island Lighthouse is located in the Thousand Islands, about 4.5 miles northeast of Clayton, Jefferson County, NY, off of Fisher's Landing. Docking is available to private craft and those aboard Clayton Island Boat Tours. For private vessels, Grass Point State Park is the closest launch site (about a 5-minute boat ride to the island). The island is partially accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
Commissioned in 1847, the fifty-foot Rock Island Lighthouse was one of six lights built along the St. Lawrence River to guide traffic to and from Lake Ontario. Even after being refitted in 1855, rebuilt in 1882, and moved in 1903, the Rock Island station has been extremely well-preserved. The light was closed in 1955 after more than a century of service. New York State took ownership of the island in 1977 and began a restoration project in recent years to make the site open to public touring.

Hours of Operation:  May to September
NYS Parks has partnered with Clayton Island Tours to offer a special "Rock Island Tour" with a one-hour stopover at the Island. Contact Clayton Island Tours for tour times and fees at 315-686-4820 or on the web at  www.ClaytonIslandTours.com.  Inquire about weddings and special events by calling (315) 775-6886.

Whetstone Gulf State Park

6065 West Rd.
Lowville, NY 13367
Phone(315) 376-6630

What You'll Like:
Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites- some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.

Westcott Beach State Park

Route 3
Henderson, NY 13650
Phone(315) 646-2239 Secondary Phone(315) 938-5083

What You'll Like:
Westcott Beach State Park is a popular day-use and camping park on Lake Ontario, with rolling, wooded hills and open, grassy meadows sheltered by Henderson Bay. It offers restful campsites located on a bluff, from which the view is spectacular. A small marina is adjacent to the long, sandy beach to accommodate anglers interested in Lake Ontario's excellent black bass fishing. The park also has a children's playground, picnic areas and hiking trails for cross-country skiing in the winter.

Open from early-May through Columbus Day.

Lyons Falls Waterfalls

Lewis County
West Turin/Lyonsdale

From NY 12, drive into the village of Lyons Falls.  It isn't a very large village and there is only one bridge that crosses the Black River.  Follow the boat launch signs.  There are actually two launches, one above and the other below the falls.  Follow the signs to the lower launch and you will get a good view of these falls.  There is also another spot just upstream where you can get a good view at the top of the falls.  This has been a power dam for many years.  It is somewhat of a unique situation, in that there is still an impressive set of falls below the dam.  Located on the Black River in the village of Lyons Falls, it is just below where the Moose River joins the Black River.
Over the years, this waterfall has powered various mills.  There is still a hydro-electric plant operating there, but the other facilities have fallen into a serious state of disrepair.  A short time ago, there is a movement underway to remove the decaying structures and it appears that this process has started.
The hamlet and town of Lyonsdale and the village of Lyons Falls were all named after Caleb Lyon, an early settler who served on the New York State Assembly, first elected in 1824.  The Board on Geographic Names has accepted the application for Lyons Falls to now be listed on the USGS GNIS effective June 14, 2017.

Rainbow Falls

US 11 and NY 177
Adams Center, New York
East on 177 

Travel approximately 10 miles and turn left on Old State Road.  In less than a mile, you will come to a parking area on the right.  Numerous on-line sources refer to Rainbow Falls and Inman Gulf.  This trail has several points of access.  For anyone wanting to simply find Rainbow Falls, you are looking at an overall walk of about a mile.
The sign at the corner of NY 177 indicates "Old State Road."  The trip down this road is about one mile.  It is just beyond a pond.  If you reach the county line and enter Jefferson County, you've gone too far.  On-line trail maps indicate that there is a point on the trail where there is a registration kiosk and a picnic area. 
 It is 1/4 mile from the trailhead to a junction where you take a right and from that point, it is another 0.3 miles. You are walking along the rim of the gulf.  There is a marked viewing point for the falls, but it is distant.  Foliage is also not in your favor during the season.  This is a free-fall cascade and a tall one.  Various on-line sources put it at anywhere from 260 to 300'. 
This area is a winter paradise.  You are on the Tug Hill here and snowfall is legendary.  Many in this area make their livelihood during the winter months, with snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing being the norm.  

Shingle Mills Falls

Lewis County
Greig, New York

From NY 12, roughly half way between the communities of Glenfield and Lyons Falls, you will find the Burdicks Crossing Road.  Follow this east.  It will end at a "T" where you should turn left.  The second right will be the Brantingham Road.  Follow this until you come to the Partridgeville Road on the left.  About 1.6 miles up this road, you will actually take a left to stay on the Partridgeville Road.  One-half mile from this corner, the pavement will end.  In another 0.4 miles, you will find a small parking area on your left. 
There are three drops comprising this waterfall.  When you first reach the river from the trail, you are at the upper section, which is only about five feet high.  Hike downstream and you will soon reach the ten feet tall main or middle drop.  Not far at all inside the Adirondack State Forest, Shingle Mill Falls is quite a bit wider than it is tall.  It is still a very nice set of falls in a fairly remote setting, and easy to get to.

Singing Waters Falls

Lewis County
Greig, New York

This area is located just east of NY 12 between the communities of Lyons Falls and Glenfield.  Take the Burdick Crossing Road east to The Lyons Falls Road, CR 39.  Take a right here and then a left on the Fish Creek Road.  The Singing Waters Park will be a short distance down on the left.
This area is a very popular picnic and camping area.  This park has been open since 1957.  The picnic area there can accommodate well over 100 picnickers and overnight camping is permitted in the area.  The entire area has been reforested in stages over the years and is now a very scenic setting.  There are two very nice bridges over the creek to the picnic area and various promotional brochures for the area indicate that trout abound in the stream.  The area is dedicated to the memory of Theodore Woolschlager.  He is noted as the first Lewis County forester and is considered responsible for the planning of the picnic area.

Talcottville Falls

Lewis County
Port Leyden, New York

Talcottville is on New York State Route 12D, about 2 miles north of Boonville.  Park on the roadside in the southbound lane, just south of the bridge crossing the Sugar River.  There is actually a series of drops here.  Just downstream of these falls, between the falls and the highway, is another smaller drop.  This section could qualify as a waterfall on its own since it is actually as large or larger than other named waterfalls in northern New York. 

It is closer and more visible from the highway.  Pictures of this are also included in the display.  In the last photo in the display, the main and lower falls can be seen in relation to one another.  Also, just above the main falls, there is a drop of several feet that might lead one to classify this as a step waterfall.

As an interesting side-note, the hamlet of Talcottville is the first settlement in Lewis County.
The Sugar River flows into the Black River just a few miles downstream from these falls.  The Black River flows into Lake Ontario in the Jefferson County community of Dexter, just west of Watertown.

Whitaker Falls

Lewis County
Martinsburg, New York

Follow NYS Route 26 south out of Lowville to the hamlet of Martinsburg and take a left on the Glendale Road.  Whitaker Park will be on your left a short distance up the road. 
These falls are beautiful and quite impressive, and they show what thousands of years of erosion can do.  This is very nice little town run park where you can camp, picnic or just enjoy the falls or the scenery of the Black River valley.  Signs direct you to the falls which is on the right at the back of the park.  Look for the wooden fence.  You will find an opening through which you can descend to the river.  The walk from the parking lot to the falls is less than a quarter mile. 

These falls descend through three drops.  When you reach the River you are just downstream from the top drop.  The riverbed here is made up of layers of fairly smooth rock.  There is usually enough dry space to access the bottom through a series of natural rock steps.

Park It themed programs airing in June 2019

Paving the Way: National Park to Park Highway part 1

Monday, June 10th at 9pm

Paving the Way: National Park to Park Highway part 2

Monday, June 17th at 9pm

National Parks: Beyond the Crowds

Sunday, June 23rd at 12noon

Rockies: Kingdoms of the Sky

Sunday, June 23rd at 1pm

The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park

Sunday, June 23rd at 2pm

Park It! Explore the Outdoors

Monday, June 24th at 9pm

Great Yellowstone Thaw part 1

Friday, June 28th at 10pm

Park It! Explore the Outdoors

Saturday, June 29th at 5pm

Park It! Explore the Outdoors

Sunday, June 30th at 12noon


Sunday, June 30th at 1pm

Museum Access "The Wild Center Nature Museum"

Sunday, June 30th at 3pm

Park It themed programs airing in July 2019

Walkin' California: Yosemite

Thursday, July 4th at 7:30pm

Great Yellowstone Thaw part 2

Friday, July 5th at 10pm

Equitrekking "Great National Parks"

Sunday, July 7th at 2:30pm

Wings Over the Grand Canyon

Sunday, July 7th at 3pm

Southwestern Gems: Our Desert National Parks

Sunday, July 7th at 4pm

Great Yellowstone Thaw part 3

Friday, July 12th at 10pm

Himalaya: Kingdoms of the Sky

Friday, July 19th at 10pm


Sunday, July 21st at 12noon

Sagamore: America's Great Camp

Sunday, July 22nd at 1pm

The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park

Sunday, July 22nd at 2pm

Andes: Kingdoms of the Sky

Friday, July 26th at 9pm

Rockies: Kingdoms of the Sky

Friday, July 26th at 10pm

10 Parks That Changed America

Sunday, July 28th at 12noon

National Parks: Troubled Edens

Sunday, July 28th at 1pm

National Parks: Beyond the Crowds

Sunday, July 28th at 2pm

Walking California: Catalina Island

Sunday, July 28th at 3pm


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Join us at one of four Family Day events at local parks and establishments featured in Park it! Explore the Outdoors. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, meet PBS Kids character Nature Cat, watch a screening of the documentary and more! Event RSVP required.
Saturday, June 22
Where: Murphy Point Provincial Park
2243 Elmgrove Road, R.R. 5,
Perth, K7H 3C7
Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
RSVP: RSVP for Murphy Point Provincial Park Family Day

Sunday, June 23
Where: Nicandri Nature Center
19 Robinson Bay Rd.
Massena, NY 13662
Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
RSVP: RSVP for Nicandri Nature Center Family Day

Saturday, June 29

North Country Welcome Center
43350 Collins Landing Road (near the Thousand Island Bridge)
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
RSVP: RSVP for North Country Welcome Center Family Day

Sunday, June 30

Boondocks Restaurant & Bar
3950 State Route 12
Lyons Falls, NY 13368

Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
RSVP: RSVP for Boondocks Family Day Event
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