About Oswego County
Welcome to Oswego County, New York!
Oswego County was established in 1816 through an act of the New York State Legislature. It is comprised of two cities, 10 villages and 22 towns across 968 square miles of land. With state and interstate highways, waterways and a municipal airport that sees over 25,000 take-offs and landings each year, Oswego County is easily accessible for residents and visitors alike.
Situated between Great Lake Ontario, the Tug Hill Plateau and Oneida Lake, the county’s unique geography provides a variety of year-round recreational opportunities. Reel in a record-breaking catch on the famous Salmon River. Fire up the sled to ride hundreds of miles of trails covered in lake effect snow. Kick back on a white sandy beach to drink in a breath-taking sunset.
With great outdoors, notable history, family-friendly festivals and welcoming hospitality, it’s always a great time to visit Oswego County, New York!
Tug Hill Region
Explore Our Fascinating Heritage!
Oswego County made its mark on New York State and American history due to its strategic location on Great Lake Ontario which provided a wealth of natural resources.
Communities grew as people used these resources for farming and industry. The area further developed in the 18th century with a military post on the American border, in the 19th century with the Oswego Canal opening up trade opportunities, and in the 20th century with manufacturing and energy production. Today, these natural resources are the foundation of the area’s tourism industry, attracting visitors to enjoy ‘the great outdoors’ year-round.
The unique role the county and its residents have played in history is documented in local museums, historic sites, cemeteries and libraries. Come visit Oswego County, New York and explore this fascinating heritage.