Friends of Great Bear

Help Save Whiskey Island & Northern Great Bear.

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Thank you all for your letters of support for the CFA grant. We continue to need your help. Our goal is to raise $175,000 and so far we have

  • Applied for funding from New York State
  • Solicited help from foundations

New York State funding requires a local match if we are successful with the grant. We will not know the grant status until the end of December 2016.
Foundations want to know that we have already garnered donations from folks like you.

What you can do now:
You can help keep Whiskey Island and the Northern 130 acres as part of Great Bear by donating to show your support. Help us raise enough funds to prove that you love Great Bear so we can request more funds (through foundations, corporations, and businesses) to accomplish our goal!


  1. Use PayPal at: Please mark your donation for the Land Campaign for Great Bear after entering credit card information.
  2. Send your check to: CNY Land Trust, PO Box 9417, Syracuse, NY 13290. Please put Land Campaign for Great Bear on your check.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by the law.




About Great Bear:

Friends of Great Bear is made up of residents of Oswego County, interested in the conservation and protection of the Great Bear Recreation Area. This unique area is owned by the City of Fulton and the Town of Volney. A diversity of flora and fauna, varying terrain and the Oswego River and Oswego Canal make Great Bear a great place for non-motorized recreation such as hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Great Bear is a great place to hike, walk the dog, ride a mountain bike. In the winter you can ski or snowshoe. Trails are all "single track" wooded trails. You can also walk down the Oswego River to swim or fish.

In cooperation with the City of Fulton, Town of Volney and private land owners, we are advocates for the preservation and protection of this natural environment, so that the public may share and make use of the property wisely as a recreational resource. With help from local businesses.

Great Bear is an offical walk of the Niagara Volkssport Clubs.

The Great Bear property is located between Fulton and Phoenix New York on Route 57. Parking and the entrance to Great Bear are at Route 57 and Great Bear Road.

Please remember not to leave valuables in your vehicle.

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