Help Save Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear – Write a letter now!

To The Editor:

Are you one of the thousands of people who visited and enjoyed Great Bear Springs Recreation Area in the last year?

Did you know that the northern third of Great Bear is actually private property?

The owner has generously allowed public access to trails over the past 10 years, but now has put this 130-acre property up for sale.

Friends of Great Bear, the volunteer land stewards who take care of Great Bear, have engaged the Central New York Land Trust ( to apply for a grant from NY State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, to save and keep this property as part of Great Bear.

Would you write a letter of support today?

Time is of the essence to save this beautiful place – Friends of Great Bear even provide a ready-made letter at its website for you.

If saved, the property will be turned over to the Town of Volney to remain as part of Great Bear, forever natural and open to the public, rather than barred from public use.

If you enjoy Great Bear and want to see the northern third of it saved, you can help with a letter of support sent to Friends of Great Bear, to be submitted with the grant application.

Go to the Friends of Great Bear website for a sample letter to use: or make your support comment on Facebook or CNY Land Trust Facebook page:

Letters of support or questions can be sent to [email protected]

Hardcopy letters can be mailed to: Friends of Great Bear, PO Box 4061
Oswego, NY 13126

Great Bear has four main land owners, the city of Fulton at the south end, the town of Volney for the middle and a private landowner that owns the northern third.

The NYS Canal Corporation owns a narrow corridor along the Oswego River, which features a section of the historic canal and tow path.

It’s that northern 130 acres that is now for sale.

Great Bear Springs Recreation area is located at Route 57 and Hawthrorn Road, approximately 3.5 miles south of Fulton and 3 miles north of Phoenix.

Thank you for your help!

Friends of Great Bear