Operation Oswego County

44 West Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126
P: +1 315-343-1545

History & Heritage

Oswego County made its unique mark in the history of New York State and America due to its strategic location on Lake Ontario and the waterways that emptied into the Great Lake. The area has been a destination since the days of the Native American tribes who once used the land and water in everyday life. The first European explorers arrived in the 16th century and discovered the wealth of natural resources the area had to offer in the infancy of the new world. The area first began to develop in the early 18th century when it served as a military post on the American border. The importance of the area can be seen through the history of the three major forts built in Oswego during this time. The British built forts here seeking to maintain control of this important region. Fort Ontario still remains today as a monument of the important military history of this region.

Spas & Wellness

Oswego County has a variety of spas and wellness centers. From massages and facials to holistic retreats, there are many choices to nurture your body and soul.



  • 197 Bar & Bistro in the heart of downtown Oswego features local live music along with a great dining experience.
  • Alex's on the Water has a patio with a fire pit and features live music during the summer. Dock your boat right out front and join the fun!
  • Canale's Restaurant is multi-generational, family-owned Italian restaurant. It's a staple in Oswego County.
  • Rudy's Lakeside, home of the fish fry and the Texas Hot! It's not summer until you've been to Rudy's!

  • Blue Moon Grill offering casual and fine dining.


  • Rainbow Shores, on the shores of Lake Ontario, features a view of world-class sunsets, fine dining and live music.
  • River House Restaurant offers casual dining within a minute walk of the renowned Salmon River.
  • Tailwater Lodge, on the shores of the Salmon River, offers fine dining with the charm of a rustic location.

  • Eis House, known for their fine dining and beautiful gardens, is also a great wedding venue.

Outdoor Adventure

Four seasons of fun:

No matter what time of the year it is, it’s never hard to find something fun to do in Oswego County. Within our borders, you’ll find sandy beaches, vast forests, white water rivers and serene lakes, and some of the most spectacular fishing in the Northeast.

The waters and tributaries of eastern Great Lake Ontario lure both veteran and novice anglers with species such as walleye, coho and chinook salmon, steelhead and brown trout.

Boaters in Autumn, Oswego County, NY

During a typical spring migration, 40,000 hawks may pass over Derby Hill Bird Observatory in Mexico. In the spring of 1995, a world-record 19,531 red-tailed hawks were counted between March and May.

Science & Nature

Salmon River Fish Hatchery is the major stocking source of several strains of salmon and trout for Lakes Ontario and Erie.The hatchery is open to the public from April through November.

Oneida Lake Fish Cultural Station is the largest walleye hatchery in the U.S. It is open to the public from April through September.

Rice Creek Field Station is located to the south of SUNY Oswego’s campus. The building is used for research and teaching of biological and earth science. The grounds also provide nature trails, as well as forests, ponds, and streams. The facility features a 7,600 square-ft. main building and an observatory with a 12.5-inch telescope.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory is one of the premier hawk watches in the Northeastern United States.

There are nearly 100 hiking trails within Oswego County. You can find them in State Parks and State Forests, as well as within the cities of Oswego and Fulton.

Family Fun

  • CMOO - The Children's Museum of Oswego is a hands-on, learn-through-play museum.
  • Thunder Island is a small amusement park with Go Karts, water slides, mini golf and an arcade.
  • Oswego Speedway, "The Steel Palace", is an asphalt 5/8 mile race track. Host of the annual Budweiser International Classic 200. Current host of the NAPA Super DIRT Week.
  • Fulton Speedway is a 3/8 high-banked oval clay track. Racing divisions include DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman, among others.
  • Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park is an RV/Cabin camp ground with many family fun activities.
  • Mid-Way Drive In is one of less than 30 drive in theaters left in New York State.

Volunteer & Community Service

The Leadership Oswego County program explores community trusteeship, leadership skills, current issues and networking with a diverse group of community residents. Graduates of the program are better prepared to serve the community in the roles of board member, citizen, employee or volunteer with organizations that serve Central New York.

There are many volunteer opportunities in Oswego County, whether your passion is animals, people, nature or history.

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Professional Sports None
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NCAA Sports — Division I None
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Golf Courses 10
Type Address
Battle Island State Golf Course
18 holes
Public course
Route 48
Fulton, NY 13069
P: (315) 593-3408
Beaver Meadows Golf & Recreation
18 holes
Private course
Barnard Rd
Phoenix, NY 13135
P: (315) 695-5187
Evergreen Hills Golf Course
9 holes
Public course
Rural Route 7
Oswego, NY 13126
P: (315) 343-7906
Greenview Country Club
36 holes
Public course
20 Whig Hill Rd.
West Monroe, NY 13167
P: (315) 668-2244
Griffins Greens
18 holes
Public course
229 St Route 104A
Oswego, NY 13126
P: (315) 343-2996
Oswego Country Club
18 holes
Private course
W. 1st Street
Oswego, NY 13126
P: 315-343-4664
Tamarack Golf Club
18 holes
Public course
CR 1 North Road
Scriba, NY 13126
P: (315) 342-6614
The Club at Caughdenoy Creek
18 holes
Public course
County Route 33
Caughdenoy, NY 13036
P: (315) 676-4653
The Elms Golf Club
18 holes
Public course
2 Country Club Ln
Sandy Creek, NY 13145
P: (315) 387-5297
The Pines Golf Club
18 holes
Semi-Private course
6919 State Route 3
Pulaski, NY 13142
P: (315) 298-8100
Recreation Facilities 20
Amusement and Theme Parks 0
Amusement Arcades 0
Bowling Centers 5
Casinos 0
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 10
Marinas 5
Movie Theaters 0
Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions 0
Racetracks 0
Skiing Facilities 0
Zoos and Botanical Gardens (Note: Includes aquariums.) 0