The North Country is famous for its rustic elegance and fantastic outdoor activities. Nearby is the magnificent, historic St. Lawrence Seaway, 454 miles long, where you can find one of nature's true wonders: the Thousand Islands. Actually, there are 1,864 islands, which vary in size and shape ... some with just enough space for two trees and an osprey nest, others big enough for a castle - like Boldt Castle, built at the turn of the century by George C. Boldt, proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Throughout the Thousand Islands boating, swimming, scuba diving and fishing are popular pursuits.
For those who like their water a bit faster, the Black River is just steps from Public Square in Downtown Watertown. Seven miles of whitewater featuring 14 sets of class III and IV rapids offer thrilling rafting adventures from spring through fall. The Black River also has several great play spots for kayakers and has often hosted national competitions.
To the west, the St. Lawrence Seaway links to Lake Ontario, the smallest of the Great Lakes, and a center for excellent boating, fishing and swimming. Just across the lake, Toronto and other Canadian ports are centers of culture and excellent stops for day trips or weekend getaways.
At the foothills of the neighboring Adirondacks is the Tug Hill Region, which gets as much as 300" of snow annually! From October to May this region becomes a winter wonderland and the perfect place for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, snowshoers and snow lovers of all ages.
Once you visit, it's easy to understand why New York's North Country is a truly exceptional place to live and work. There are few places where individuals and families can experience such a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle at such a low cost of living. Our region offers safe and attractive neighborhoods, quiet rural areas, affordable housing, light traffic, first rate school systems, and a gorgeous landscape, all combined with easy accessibility to major metropolitan areas. In addition, nearby Fort Drum, home of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division, brings to the region a sense of diversity and patriotic pride.
Fast Facts: Jefferson County
Miles of Shoreline in Jefferson County: 256
Jefferson County Population: 120,000
City of Watertown Population: 27,000
Fort Drum Population: 40,000
Samaritan's Primary & Secondary Service Area Population: 200,000
Median Household Income: $34,000
Average Annual Snowfall in Watertown: 101 inches
Average Annual Rainfall: 40 inches
Average Temperature: 21°F in the winter & 68°F in the summer