Winter recreation

Winter recreation


Tailwater Lodge is located in the Tug Hill region of Upstate New York which is celebrated for its record breaking snowfall. This bountiful supply of snow provides the perfect setting for an array of winter activities. We invite you to discover your Upstate experience and to make Tailwater Lodge the home base for your next winter adventure.



With ride-in, ride-out connections from the NY Trail C5A, Tailwater Lodge is in a prime location to make your next snowmobile journey. Our overnight guests can utilize on-site truck and trailer parking and easy-on, easy-off trail access.

Visit New York State Snowmobile Association for interactive trail maps.

Visit our local grooming clubs for trail conditions:

Kasoag Trailblazers

Pulaski Boylston Snowmobile Club




Experience the wonders of the Salmon River in winter by exploring our on property trails. Snowshoes are available to overnight guests for use, based upon availability.
We also recommend the following locations:

Osceola Ski & Sport Resort
1573 Osceola Road, Osceola, NY 13316
Distance from Tailwater: 24 miles, 32 min drive

Nine miles of trails with many loops and diverse terrain to suit the needs of all skiers. Kitchen offers soups, sandwiches, treats and beverages. Equipment rentals available, visit website for rates and more information.


Winona Forest Recreation Association
Lacona, NY 13083
Distance from Tailwater: 18 miles, 30 min drive

The Winona Forest Recreation Association (WFRA) maintains approximately 70 miles of trails in the Winona Forest and Jefferson County Forest Preserve. WFRA provides recreational opportunities for skiers, snowmobilers, ATV riders, equestrians, mushers, snowshoers, fat bikers, hikers and many other outdoor sports enthusiasts. WFRA also hosts several popular annual events and races involving these outdoor activities. Visit website for driving directions and more information.


Selkirk Shores State Park
7101 State Route #3, Pulaski, NY 13142
Distance from Tailwater: 13 miles, 23 min drive

In addition to spectacular sunsets over Lake Ontario, visitors can expect outstanding fishing and popular hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and biking trails that lead to a lush mix of meadows and woodlands. Entrance fees apply (vary by season) or Empire Pass accepted.


Robert Wehle State Park
5182 State Park Road, Henderson, NY 13650
Distance from Tailwater: 34 miles, 46 min drive

Robert G. Wehle State Park is the region’s newest State Park, entrance fees apply (vary by season) or Empire Pass accepted. The former estate of Mr. Wehle, the park boasts 1,100 acres and over 17,000 feet of Lake Ontario shoreline, some fronted by vast limestone cliffs. Also available are over 10 miles of hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and mountain biking trails. The park is also dog-friendly.


Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center
1486 Osceola Rd, Camden, NY 13316
Distance from Tailwater: 23 miles, 31 min drive

Trail fees apply, cross country ski rentals available. Visit website for rates and more information.