Welcome to Lake Champlain

Welcome to Lake Champlain

Winter is a sparkling, beautiful time to enjoy Lake Champlain and the historic towns of New York’s Adirondack Coast. Ice fishing, skating, skiing, and snowshoeing pair well with cozy bed and breakfasts, fireside dinners, and moonlit nights.

Our region offers a range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, from scenic drives along the lake to snowshoeing one of the family-friendly Champlain Area Trails (CATS) paths to exploring the icy depths of Ausable Chasm. A winter vacation is a great opportunity for a hot, freshly-baked treat, so make plans to visit a locally-owned bakery or cafe for a delicious break.

Step into adventure

With every season our landscape transforms and displays a character all its own. Winter in the Adirondacks is perfect for snowy adventures, whether you're cross-country skiing, ice fishing, or snowshoeing on a CATS trail. Speaking of CATS, the trail system includes more than 40 miles of trail, many of which are short, easy hikes to spectacular vistas of Lake Champlain to the east and the impressive Adirondack High Peaks to the west. Check out our suggestions to help you choose the ideal trail and to find our birding hot spots

Fun for the family

Book a tour at Ausable Chasm and explore their many trails as you listen — and feel — the thunderous echoes of the Ausable River and intricate ice formations. Insider's tip: Visit the chasm in every season to see the true beauty of this ancient place. Of course, that's just where the fun starts. Explore more fun family ideas!

Reel in the big one!

Cold weather doesn't mean that the fun of angling stops. Cast your line in the big lake or hit one of our many ponds and streams! Local bait and tackle shops can provide the most up-to-date information on lake and pond conditions, and what seems to be biting and where. They can also supply you with the best bait for your target catch, the right gear, and even a guide. Remember to be very careful and bundle up!

Unwind and dine

After a day outside in the fresh air, you will appreciate our dining options and the opportunity to sip a hot beverage or cool cocktail. When you're ready to put up your feet, we've got you covered — from cozy, posh B&Bs to historical inns, there is a wide selection of lodging to choose from that will offer you a warm welcome.

Don't miss exciting events celebrating the holidays and the wonders of the snowy season. Browse all of our great upcoming events and plan your getaway today!

Leave No Trace

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles