Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point
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The Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area is 500 acres of public land in New York and Vermont connected by a spectacular pedestrian and bicycle-friendly award winning bridge that spans beautiful Lake Champlain.

Getting there

Arrive by land or water, explore a wealth of historical, archaeological, and natural sites, and experience multiple recreational activities in a uniquely scenic and historic setting. 

Attractions

A few of the unique features and sites to explore:

  • The Lake Champlain Bridge! Now with pedestrian and bicycle access. The stunning 2011 Lake Champlain Bridge replaced the 1929 bridge, which was on the National Register of Historic Places, that connected Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont.
  • Chimney Point State Historic Site Museum exhibits on Vermont's Native American, French colonial, and early American history, all in a circa-1785 tavern. The tavern is on the site of a 1731 French fort. The grounds, open year-round, have interpretive signs, a preserved 1929 bridge pier, and a boat launch. Museum open May to October.
  • Crown Point State Historic Site- Explore the preserved ruins of two National Historic Landmark fortifications: Fort St. Frederic (French 1734-1759) and "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point" (British, 1759-1773). The multimedia Archaeology Exhibit is open May to October. The grounds, including miles of hiking trails, interpretive signs, and picnic pavilion, are open year-round. 
  • Champlain Memorial Lighthouse- Originally built in 1858, the lighthouse served as a navigational aid for the narrow lake passage between New York and Vermont. It was transformed into a memorial for Samuel de Champlain in 1911 and displays a sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Accessible from the Crown Point State Campground. 
  • Crown Point State Campground- The campground's 66 sites are located amidst the colonial fortifications. Operated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the grounds include a boat launch with transient dock, fishing pier and the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse. Opens in mid-May each year.
  • Lake Champlain Visitors Center- Stop in for regional visitor information and check out the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Exhibit while you are there. The center is located on the New York side, just before the bridge, in the original toll-collector's house. Open daily from mid-May to October. 

 

  • Lake Champlain Bridge spans a strategic narrows of Lake Champlain.
  • The remains of Fort Crown Point is now a Heritage Area with many amenities.
  • See two states and several mountain ranges from this scenic spot.
  • This is the Lake Champlain bridge commemorative coin.
  • A panoramic view of this lovely area which combines history and recreation.
  • The toll house complex dates back to 1929 and the first bridge.
The toll house complex dates back to 1929 and the first bridge. A panoramic view of this lovely area which combines history and recreation. This is the Lake Champlain bridge commemorative coin. See two states and several mountain ranges from this scenic spot. The remains of Fort Crown Point is now a Heritage Area with many amenities. Lake Champlain Bridge spans a strategic narrows of Lake Champlain.