Crooked Creek Preserve

The largest Class 1 wetlands complex in the 1000 Islands. A perfect place to paddle and see wildlife.

Directions to the Macsherry Trail: Take State Route 12 to the border between Jefferson and St. Lawrence County (6.1 miles east of Alexandria Bay). Turn north toward Kring Point State Park, then turn immediately right onto Indian Point Road (a dirt road). This road is marked private, but visitors to the Macsherry Trail are welcome. Travel approximately 3/4 mile to the parking area on the right.

Crooked Creek Preserve

The Preserve consists of 1525 acres of class I wetlands, uplands and forest along Crooked Creek in the Towns of Hammond (St. Lawrence County) and Alexandria (Jefferson County). It is one of the most significant wetlands on the St. Lawrence, providing habitat for countless species. Bald eagles regularly fly overhead and the creek meanders for miles of quiet paddling or putting in your outboard.

Explore Crooked Creek on a TILTrek, or feel free to explore the creek on your own!

The Land Trust grants permission to hunt on the preserve in the fall. Contact the Stewardship Coordinator for information about obtaining a permit.

The Macsherry Trail (on Crooked Creek Preserve)

Roughly three miles long, the Macsherry Trail begins at a trail head off of Indian Point Road in Hammond. Passing beaver ponds and meandering through woods, it leads to Crooked Creek itself with a wonderful view of Chippewa Bay at the "Old Boyscout Camp," before circling back to the trailhead.

Volunteers help to maintain the Macsherry Trail and steward the Preserve.

History of the Preserve

Once part of the Day Farm, the Preserve was acquired by the Land Trust in 1998 with the help of a grant from the Sweetwater Trust. In 2000, the children of Richard and Mary Macsherry donated the resources to build the Macsherry Trail, in honor of their parents' 50th wedding anniversary.

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    The Land Trust currently owns and manages over 40 miles of multi-use recreational trails throughout the greater Thousand Islands region. These rustic trails open the door to TILT’s Signature Preserves and are accessible to the public year around, providing individuals with unique outdoor experiences across a variety of landscapes.

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