- a unique blend of striking scenic beauty, endless outdoor recreational opportunities and celebrated heritage.
When winter arrives in the Champlain Valley and sections of the lake freeze, we invite you to grab your skates, snowshoes or skis, ice shanties and tip-ups for ice fishing. In the summer, enjoy Lake Champlain boating, sailing, kayaking, swimming, tubing and water-skiing. Fall & Spring offer spectacular colors, walks on the wooded trails, cycling the winding roads and visits to the local farm stands. All along the Adirondack Coast, Lake Champlain has activities for people of all ages and interests throughout the year - what will you choose this season?
Cold weather doesn't slow down our activities! In fact, we have several special events and regional traditions that are just waiting for you to partake in. From miles and miles of snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, to ice-climbing and ice-fishing, grab your cold weather gear and plan your next trip to the Champlain Coast.
Not one to play in the cold? How about a little sight-seeing? Take in the hundreds of ice shanties dotting the coastline. Grab a warm beverage and cuddle up with a fleece blanket as you gaze out at the Lake from an historic Inn.
For hikers and bikers, the Lake Champlain and the Champlain Valley is an exceptional backdrop. The area's quiet country roads offer outstanding views of the lush greenery, the surrounding mountains, and of course, Lake Champlain. Check out the Adirondack Coast Bikeways, offering a network of 14 loops that is part of the 750 miles of Lake Champlain Bikeways that runs all way to Quebec, Canada. Hiker’s experience the unsurpassed views from above. As you scale the region's mountains, you'll be able to see the Adirondack High Peaks, Green Mountains, and the Lake in between with its beautiful islands; and you'll feel like Samuel de Champlain, discovering the region for the first time.
A visit to Lake Champlain wouldn't be complete without a stop at its famous historic sites. Some of the most significant battles of the Revolutionary War took place along the lake at the Forts of Ticonderoga and Crown Point, of which both were regional strongholds. Artillery and war-era relics still reside in local museums. During the summer, treasure hunters and explorers can plunge into the depths of Lake Champlain, and scuba diving tours will show you the preserved artifacts leftover from the revolution.
Spring skiing at it's best - read about one group's unique trip through the Crown Point Historic Site.