Port Bay South (2021)
Launch Time 1:00 PM
The launch improvements are not completed. Pouring concrete. Expect to open September 17.
This was a new launch site for 2019. The trip was cancelled because the launch was closed, and you all know what happenened in 2020. So, here it is 2021 and we will give it a retry.
From this launch we can head south to Wolcott Creek or north on the bay to Beaver Creek. Wind can be a factor. The last time we paddled Port Bay (2010) from the north launch, Lake Ontario was flat and Port Bay was choppy, so we paddled to Chimney Bluffs on Ontario. This launch may be more sheltered than the one on the north end, and there are creeks nearby. We will give it a try.
Note: We typically stop half way through the paddle for a break. Feel free to bring something to snack on. Also, be sure to note the weather conditions and check the website for last minute changes or cancellations.
Directions: Take route 104 to Wolcott, NY. Turn north at the McDonald’s in Wolcott and follow the road through the village (Whiskey Hill Rd, then New Hartford St, then Lake Ave). At the one and only stop light, you go straight. You will soon be through the village. Stay right on the West Port Bay road (rt 160) for about 4 miles. On the right hand side of the road you will see the DEC fishing access sign. (The launch is on the road before Woodtract Rd, so turn around if you reach Woodtract).
43deg16’43.5”N, 76deg49’43.2W (Lat 43.278750, Long -76.828667)
Please Note: Directions for each trip are provided to help people unfamiliar with the area to find the location of the trip. They are not meant to necessarily be the most direct route from your own location.