Gananoque, Ontario, Canada: Leaping Muskie Fish Statue

Fish statue celebrates record-setting catch.

Address:
King St. E., Gananoque, ON, Canada
Directions:
Hwy 401 to King St. E./Hwy 2. North side of Hwy 2, in front of the Ramada Inn, just off Thousand Islands Pkwy exit 648.
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Big Muskie.

Giant Muskie Fish Statue

From the USA, go to northern NY on I-81 through Watertown. There are two identical bridges that eventually land you in Canada -- that is, if you don't have any firearms, mace, alcohol, bad jokes about back bacon or any knowledge of hockey. At least those are some of the questions you must answer to the border guards.

Head west to Gananoque about 14 miles (or 6.5 with the exchange rate). At the entrance to town you can't miss the huge concrete statue of the "1000 Islands Muskie." Gananoque is where the world's record muskie -- over 69 lbs -- was caught by H.A. "Dooley" McCarney in an area know as 40 Acre Shoals.

Gananoque is also home port of the legendary "Muskie Jake," who chartered his fishing boat to those fisher folks who wanted to battle the great finny fellows.

[Ron Spooner, 04/27/2002]

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