Boating History

Awesome Autumn Along the Adirondack Coast 

Fall is a spectacular time of year to visit the Adirondack Coast. As the Adirondack Mountains burst into color, reflections play off the water of Lake Champlain to magnify the experience. Our numerous other lakes and ponds also serve as perfect reflecting pools.

Consider a picnic at Penfield, Putts, or Lincoln Pond  to become immersed in the fall color. A drive along the open shoreline offers many vantage points to view this long lake flanked on the west by the Adirondack Mountains and on the east by Vermont’s Green Mountains. 

Numerous roadside farm stands will be offering an abundance of fresh harvest vegetables. Don’t miss the opportunity to pick your own apples and grab some renowned cider donuts along with a fresh-from-the-oven pie at Gunnison’s Orchard.

Enjoy some hot chili, and an abundance of apple dessert concoctions, at Penfield Homestead Museum’s AppleFolkFest while you shop the numerous local artist and artisan craft tables to the backdrop of live music. While at Penfield, learn about Ironville’s historic iron mining industry - the “birthplace of the electrical age” and its strong connection to America’s Civil War.


Fall at the Fort

How's your sense of direction? If you are up to giving it a challenge head for the Heroic Corn Maze at Fort Ticonderoga. Take an historic cruise aboard the Carillon and get the same water approach perspective as soldiers of the past. For watching horsepower in action, without the carbon footprint, attend the Fort's Heritage, Harvest and Horse Festival.  

Up for a Hike?

Champlain Area Trails’ collection of 56 family-friendly trails throughout the region will directly connect you to nature and the vibrant Adirondack color of our forests, farms, fields, and wetlands that are so dazzling at this time of year. Consider the Cheney Mountain Trail, Coon Mountain, or the Coot Hill/Big Hollow Trial. All offer stunning views from their summits with vistas stretching north and south for miles along this 125-mile long lake.

Visibility tends to be optimum on those cool crisp fall days. Take the short hike up Belfry Mountain, or one of the slightly more challenging hikes up Poke-O-Moonshine to climb historic fire towers with 360-degree views. Hiking options are endless.

Bring the Bike

Autumn is a fantastic time for cycling. Cooler temps and sparkling sunny days make for extremely enjoyable riding. Try one or more of the 14 Adirondack Coast Bikeways themed loops. Ranging in length from 13 to 36 miles, these themed biking loops will wind you through some exceptional landscape you might otherwise miss.

Glide through farm country (Rolling Reber Ramble and Joe’s Random Scoot), alongside our rivers and streams (Women’s Suffrage Way and Water’s Edge Trail ), in the shadow of our mountains (Stoney Lonesome and Coon Mountain Circuit) or in the paths of our history (Fort to Fort and Iron to Iron). Lake Champlain Bikeways has conveniently mapped out your route with details including mile markers and elevations.

During your visit be sure to rise early and head for a view over the lake. As if in competition with the colorful landscape beneath, autumn sunrises are out of this world.

No matter how you explore our Lake Champlain Region’s awesome autumn, find numerous choices for lodging, dining and shopping during your visit.

NYS DEC Putnam Pond Boat Launch
Putnam Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
La Chute River Boat Launch
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, 12883
NYS DEC Lincoln Pond Boat Launch
County Rte. 7, Elizabethtown, 12932
NYS DEC Mossy Point Boat Launch (Lake George)
Black Point Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
NYS DEC Willsboro Bay Boat Launch
County Route 27, Willsboro, 12996
NYS DEC Port Henry Boat Launch
Dock Lane, Port Henry, 12974
NYS DEC Crown Point Boat Launch

On Bridge Road at Crown Point Reservation Campground immediately south of the Lake Champlain Bridge, Hard surface ramp with parking for 10 cars and trailers.Conditions permitting, NYS DEC opens...

NYS DEC Crown Point Campground
Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
NYS DEC Ticonderoga-Lake Champlain Boat Launch
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
NYS DEC Westport Boat Launch
Route 22, Westport, 12993
NYS DEC Port Douglas Boat Launch

On County Rte 16, 3 miles SE of the Village of Keeseville. Hard surface ramp, parking for 20 cars and trailers.

County Route 16
3 miles southeast of the Village, Keeseville, 12944
NYS DEC Ticonderoga-Lake George Boat Launch
Black Point Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
NYS DEC Eagle Lake Boat Launch
Bureau of Fisheries
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
Monitor Bay Marina
Monitor Bay Park, Crown Point, 12928
Westport Marina

Westport Marina welcomes seasonal and transient boaters! Available are powerboat and kayak rentals, full service and repairs.

A unique Ship’s Store & Boutique...

20 Washington Street, Westport, 12993
Carillon Boat Cruises

POB 390, Ticonderoga, 12883
Fins and Grins
23 Lakeshore Road, Westport, 12993
Port Henry Marina
1 Dock Street, Port Henry, 12974
Snug Harbor Marina

Snug Harbor Marina, Inc. on beautiful Lake George

Your full service marina, including new and used Stingray boats, boat rentals, dockage, winter storage and factory...

92 Black Point Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
Adirondack Boat Rental Company

POB 635, Ticonderoga, 12883
Essex Shipyard, Inc.
2272 South Main Street, Essex, 12936
Willsboro Bay Marina
69 Klein Drive, Willsboro, 12996
Jones' Aqua Sports
71 Klein Way, Willsboro, 12996
Essex Marina
2272 Main Street, Essex, 12936
Van Slooten Harbour Marina
140 North Main Street, Port Henry, 12974
Indian Bay Marina
East Bay Rd, Willsboro, 12996