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Wellesley Island State Park is almost full up for the 4th of July holiday.
"Trying to stay cool," said Jeremy Hudson, who traveled from San Antonio, Texas, to spend time with his wife's family and get away. "Read a lot, turn off the cell phone. Sit by the water, sit in the water, ride on the boat, just relax."
It's perfect timing for a holiday, with the temperature creeping higher and higher into the 90s. But last year, high water levels on the river left conditions anything but perfect.
"By the 4th of July last year, word was kind of out that the water was causing some problems along the river. But this year the water is fantastic. All of our docks and ramps are fine. Every thing's in great shape," said Peyton Taylor, regional director for the Thousand Islands Region for New York State Parks.
And it shows. The state parks along the Thousand Islands region are all full or close to it for the week.
The Janis family makes a few trips a year to the river from their home in Frankfort.
"It's a lot about family time. We bring the whole family up. Enjoy each other. Everybody gets to relax a little bit," said Brittney Janis.
Whether it's relaxing under the shade of a picnic table or playing a game with the family, the Janis family isn't sweating the heat this 4th of July.