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June 7, 2010

Oswego Lands on "Top 200" List in Outdoor Life

The Oswego River offers endless possibilities for shoreline and driftboat fishing in downtown Oswego. The city was named a Top 200 Town in the U.S. for sportsmen by Outdoor Life magazine. (Photo by Mary Ellen Barbeau, Oswego County Tourism Office.)

OSWEGO, NY - Once again Oswego's spectacular fishing and hunting opportunities have earned the city a spot on the list of "America's Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen" by Outdoor Life magazine.

Outdoor Life has a paid circulation of 750,000 readers and reaches an audience of 5.7 million sportsmen and women. In its June/July cover story on America's best towns for sportsmen, Oswego is ranked number 138. The city also is also listed in the top 20 towns for best trout and bass fishing.

Chuck Parker, president of the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, said the distinction is well-deserved.

"Congratulations to the City of Oswego for being listed in the top 200 in outdoor sporting opportunities," said Parker. "The Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and its 24 affiliated member clubs have long recognized what the city and county have to offer to hunters, fishermen and trappers. Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake, and the Salmon and Oswego Rivers are just the better known lakes and rivers that offer a quality fishing experience. There are many other rivers, lakes and streams that offer similar high quality fishing opportunities. The northern zone big game and small game opportunities of the Tug Hill are hard to beat. Our southern zone hunting opportunities are also widely enjoyed by many.

"Be it the eastern Lake Ontario Plains area, Tug Hill, or lands north of Oneida Lake, Oswego County has an abundance of land to hunt, fish, or trap that is open to the public," Parker continued. "Having a major migratory bird flyway going through Oswego County offers varied bird watching and waterfowl hunting opportunities that few areas can match. While it may sometimes take someone from outside our area, like Outdoor Life magazine, to make us local folks realize and remind us, Oswego County truly offers a solid opportunity to enjoy the outdoors."

Many of the towns on Outdoor Life's top 200 list are located in western and midwestern states like Colorado, Idaho and South Dakota. Oswego is one of only five communities in New York State to make the list. Other towns include Saratoga Springs, ranked number 95; Saranac Lake, 140; Niagara Falls, 181; and Cornwall, 193.

"The editors of Outdoor Life looked at hundreds of towns in various socio-economic and outdoors-related categories," said Dave Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "Using a weighted system, they considered factors such as home value, cost of living, and population density, along with the potential for taking a trophy-caliber fish or animal, variety of nearby sportfishing and wildlife opportunities, and proximity to public land and waters."

For up-to-date fishing conditions and visitor information throughout the year, go to visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).

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