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Thousand Islands Biological Station

Island Facilities

Access to Governor's Island is provided through our long-term membership at the Clayton Yacht Club (CYC) at Bartlett Point, 3/4 of a mile from Governor’s Island.  Facilities on the island include a boathouse and docks at the foot of the island, and a main lodge and living cabins on the bluff.  The Main Lodge serves as an office for the TIBS research program, as well as providing kitchen and bath facilities. Also located at the head of the island are the director's cabin and staff residences.

main lodge at the Governor's island

Main Lodge

The Frank and Anne Cean Aquatic Researcher Building was constructed in 2013 and provides housing to staff, visiting faculty and students along with office and meeting space. It was primarily funded through private donations and support from the community including a Northern New York Community Foundation challenge grant.

Aquatic researcher building

Frank and Anne Cean Aquatic Researcher Building

The Boathouse and Marc A.F. Baker Aquatic Ecology Lab contains a wet lab with filtered flow-through and a temperature control system, a small dry lab, tool shop, and gear & equipment storage. Docks allow access of 6-10' draft vessels up to 50'. TIBS boats include a 22' Privateer with 150 HP Honda 4-stroke, a 20' SeaArk with a 90 HP Evinrude 2-stroke, a 17' Boston Whaler with 90 HP Honda 4-stroke, a 17' Boston Whaler with 50 HP Evinrude 2-stroke, a 16' Stanley with a 40 HP 4-stroke, a 18' XPress with 25HP 4-stroke, and several other smaller boats.

Boathouse at the Governor's island

Boathouse and Marc A. F. Baker Aquatic Ecology Lab

wet laboratory with flow through system

Wet Laboratory with flow-through system

Mainland Facilities

The TIBS Farm Road Facility is leased cooperatively through the Thousand Island Land Trust (TILT). This facility provides mainland access to laboratory space, equipment, boat storage, and overflow parking. The Farm Road Facility is within walking distance of the CYC.

tibs farm road facility

TIBS Farm Road Facility


TIBS at Governor's Island is located in the Town of Clayton, NY, 90 miles north of Syracuse, NY.

From ESF, take 81N through Watertown, NY to Exit 47. At the end of the exit ramp, go left on NYS 12 approximately 20 miles to Clayton, NY. At the stoplight, go left onto 12E, cross the French Creek bridge, and continue 0.7 mile to Barlett Pt. Road on the right. Turn down Bartlett Point Road and follow to the Clayton Yacht Club (CYC). Parking is on the upper level, ABOVE docking area. Call for a ride; all pets must be restrained.

The Farm Road Facility is located on the 1st left on Bartlett Pt. Road. Follows signs for Birches Ln.