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Living a Lakeside Lifestyle in Clayton, New_York

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Where to Retire in Clayton and Home Prices

Zillow reports the home value to be $170,499 in early 2022, but homes on the water can sell for much more at over $1,000,000.

What Is Special about Clayton

Clayton is a tourist community which offers many recreational activities such as boating, kayaking, diving and hiking. Clayton has two state Parks-Cedar Point State Park and Canoe-Picnic State Park which is on Grindston Island and only accessible by boat.

What Is Not Special about Clayton

Clayton is a very popular summer vacation spot in the Thousand Island Region, and becomes very crowded; winters are long and cold.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature in Clayton is just about 20 degrees. Typically, the most snowfall occurs in December and January, averaging close to 30 inches each month. Clayton averages about 83 inches of snow during the winter.  July's average temperature is 68 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Clayton is the cultural center of the Thousand Islands as it has many art galleries, along with the Handweaving Museum and the Thousand Island Museum. Clayton is also home to the Antique Boat Museum which houses the largest collection of antique and classic boats in America. It host the Antique Boat Show and Auction each August and is also the site for the biennial Antique Raceboat Regatta.  Clayton Opera House is a year-round performing arts and community center which has recently undergone a $3,200,000 renovation. It offers concerts, lectures, dances, films and classes.  The town also host many festivals during the summer and fall.


The crime rate in Clayton is very low, almost non-existent.

Medical Facilities

River Hospital in Alexandria Bay is 10 miles away; Samaritan Hospital in Watertown, is 12 miles away.


Watertown International Airport, 20 miles away, is the closest airport .

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