Outdoor Activities

As the sixth largest freshwater lake in the United States, it should come as no surprise that Lake Champlain's fabulous location, stunning shorelines, and deep waters lends itself to myriad of outdoor activities, both on the water and off.

A rather great lake

From summertime fishing to ice skating, the beautiful waters of Lake Champlain offer a number of ways to enjoy one of the largest lakes in the nation. The lake is famous not just for its lake monster, but also for boating, sea kayaking, fishing in winter and spring, birding, and of course, swimming.

Coast into adventure

Adventure seekers visit the Lake Champlain Region for paddling, hiking, and climbing in the warm months, and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking in the colder months. As the seasons change, so does our gear, from hiking to a mountain stream to ice fishing and ice skating, there are endless options for year-round outdoor activities in the Lake Champlain Region. 

The area offers tons of activities to keep visitors and residents alike busy during the day while getting out in the fresh air and celebrating the breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains that border Lake Champlain. The level of activity, from a casual stroll to a century cycle, is up to you!

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

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. We love the Adirondacks and we're sure you do too, so let's commit to making our impact on the environment a positive one.

 

Boquet River - Northway to Boquet

The Northway to Boquet section of the Boquet River sweeps under quaint bridges and features beautiful farmland views with distant mountains as a backdrop.

How to get there

Put in...

Location: 
Route 22, Essex, 12936
  
Clear Pond

Clear Pond is as quiet a pond as you will find anywhere, and although many hikers use the trails surrounding the pond, very few access it by boat. Use the area trails to extend your adventure, and...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Thrall Dam Pond

It may not look like much on the map, but Thrall Dam Pond is a nice little getaway for anglers.

Getting there

Access is via a dirt road off of Route 9, just south of Lewis.

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Location: 
State Route 9, Lewis, 12950
  
Mill Brook

Mill Brook is listed one of the top brown trout waters in Essex County by the New York State Department of Conservation.

Getting there

The easiest public access is from the Port...

Location: 
35 dock street, Port Henry, 12974
  
Bobcat Trail Snowshoe

The easy trail trail goes through a meadow, winds through mixed forest, and ends at another meadow. It joins the ...

Location: 
Walker Road/Sayre Road, Westport, 12993
  
Crowfoot Pond Trail

How to Get There

From Exit 30 off I-87, follow Route 9 south toward North Hudson. Continue for 0.2 mile and turn left on Tracy Road. Continue for 1.75 miles to the...

Location: 
Tracey Rd, North Hudson, 12855
  
Essex Ferry Terminal

The open water as well as the concentration of Common Mergansers, Mallards, American Black Ducks, Common Goldeneye, and other species can also attract bald eagles to the area, so keep your eyes...

Location: 
Dock St, Essex, 12936
  
Boquet River Nature Preserve Trail

This quiet path through the forests of Willsboro is perfect for an afternoon stroll in any season! Plus, it has a universal access loop that all can enjoy!

How to get there

Parking...

Location: 
Library Street/Willsboro boat launch, Willsboro, 12996
  
Water's Edge Trail

Travel a winding loop along the AuSable River, with views of the Adirondack Mountains and river valleys. Fun fact: Clintonville (which the route passes through) almost became the capital of New...

Location: 
Route 22, Keeseville, 12944
  
Hurricane Crag

Wonderful views with great rock quality and room for expansion. Several nearby satellite crags along the trail make this a great spot to spend a day. 

How to get there

Hurricane...

Location: 
Route 9N, Keene, 12942
  
Putts Creek

Fishing

This stream boasts great rainbow, brook and brown trout.

Beginning at Penfield Pond in the hamlet of Ironville within the Town of Crown Point, Putts Creek empties into Lake...

Location: 
County Route 2, Crown Point, 12928
  
Pauline Murdock Trail

This is a short hike through the woods above the Boquet River.

Getting there

From Elizabethtown, head north on Route 9 and turn right on Elizabethtown-Wadhams Road, which is also...

Location: 
Elizabethtown-Wadhams Road
POB 193, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Natural Wonders Loop

Some of our most dramatic destinations along the Adirondack Coast. Behold the glory of the "Grand Canyon of the East," Au Sable Chasm, with multiple ways to enjoy the different vantage points and...

Location: 
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
  
Bear Pond Loop

Bear Pond is a fine wilderness destination that doesn't require much effort!

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N, Route 22, and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Surrounded by Water

Begin the ride in the town of Willsboro, and go back in time with a visit to Adsit Cabin, built in 1778 for a family of sixteen! Along the way you'll see lots of legendary views and cool homes....

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
Beaver Flow Trail

The Beaver Flow Trail is a flat, easy snowshoe route that meanders through a mixed forest and runs parallel to a small waterway. There's a house-sized boulder near the end and lots of beaver...

Location: 
Cook Rd/Walker Rd, Essex, 12936
  
Historic Walking Tour of Essex

The entire hamlet of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walking tour of one of the most intact collection of pre-Civil War architecture in America.

This charming...

Location: 
Boquet Road, ,
  
Long Pond

The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this scenic, and tranquil, location.

Fishing

Long Pond is 400 acres, so there is plenty of room to fish! Species include:...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
Blueberry Hill Trails

The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other...

Location: 
Lords Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Port Henry Boat Launch Area

The Port Henry Boat Launch offers the best views of Bulwagga Bay to the south, where large mixed species of flocks of ducks often spend the winter. 

Birding

Winter is an exciting...

Location: 
Powerhouse Park
Dock Lane, Port Henry, 12974
  
Rocky Peak Ridge

Rocky Peak Ridge offers outstanding views from its summit, and it is usually less crowded than its larger, more accessible neighbor, Giant. The trail from the east is said to be one of the finest...

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
  
Florence Hathaway Trail

The Florence Hathaway Trail passes through a magical pine forest and along a creek to a rock wall, then returns in a flat woods that has seasonally wet areas. 

How to get there

The...

Location: 
Essex Road
POb 193, Essex, 12936
  
Pauline Murdock Wildlife Management Area

This wildlife area is 68.5 acres of forest, with areas of river and flood plains. It consists of seven different ecological habitats: red maple-hardwood swamp, hemlock-hardwood swamp, successional...

Location: 
Elizabethtown-Wadhams Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Westport Pheasant Release Site

For pheasant hunters in Essex County, there is only one choice. With virtually no natural reproduction in the North Country, hunters must take advantage of the annual releases of stocked pheasants...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road and Clark Road, Westport, 12993
  
Boquet River - Beaver Meadow Brook

The Beaver Meadow Brook to the Northway is a section of the Boquet River that offers an intriguing mix of easy and slightly challenging sections through some delightful scenery. Remember, this is...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Port Kent Ferry Terminal

The Port Kent Ferry Terminal offers another good place to check out Lake Champlain and is most productive during the cold months. 

How to get there

From the main intersection in...

Location: 
Front Street, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
  
Hurricane Mountain

This is a wonderful open peak with a fire tower that is being restored and can now be climbed, even though the tower is not needed for some of the best views in the High Peaks. There are three...

Location: 
Route 9N, Keene, 12942
  
Fort Ticonderoga birding

While a visit to Fort Ticonderoga is usually aimed at understanding American history, the fort’s grounds can be excellent for birding. Scarlet tanagers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and Baltimore...

Location: 
100 Fort Ti Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Giant Mountain

Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands. ...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Wilcox Dock

The City of Plattsburgh offers a few good places to check out Lake Champlain. Wilcox Docks and boat launch area gives birders good views of Cumberland Bay and the surrounding lake where they can...

Location: 
Wilcox Dock, Plattsburgh, 12901
  
Woods & Swale Trail

Wonderful outing through an old forest and a pine plantation, then follows the border of the wetlands before traversing the side of a hill.

Getting there

From the South: Fork of...

Location: 
Sherman Road, Westport, 12993
  
Keeseville Walking Tour

Booklet available from: Adirondack Architectural Heritage. Fee for booklet.

The first dam at Anderson Falls on the AuSable River was built in 1808 to power a sawmill. Since that time, and...

Location: 
1 Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
  
Split Rock Wildway

The Split Rock Wildway is a "wildlife corridor" between Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

Getting there

The trailhead is on Brookfield Road in Essex, NY - just a quarter...

Location: 
Brookfield Road, Essex, 12936
  
Osprey Way Loop

With the mountains as your backdrop, ride by lakes and meadows on this scenic loop. Gain a "bird's eye view" from it's many vantage points, and see if you can spot the osprey's nest along the...

Location: 
Lake Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
Ticonderoga Marsh

Ticonderoga Marsh (often called Ti Marsh) sits tucked in along Lake Champlain where the La Chute River dumps into the lake. The marsh is best accessed by launching a canoe below the falls on the...

Location: 
LaChute River Delta, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Thrall Dam Park Trail

1.4 mile loop, easy. Loop trails through forest and along wetland. 

Getting there

Trailhead is on Rte. 9, 0.7 mi south of Lewis and 3 3/4 mi north of Elizabethtown.

Location: 
Rte 9, Lewis, 12950
  
Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail

Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail is an easy to moderate 1.5 mile loop.

Getting there

Trailhead can be found about 500 yards up the road from the intersection of Cook and Leaning Rd....

Location: 
Leaning Road
POB 193, Essex, 12936
  
Treadway Mountain

This small peak has some of the best views in the area and is quite a popular hike when the Putnam Pond DEC Campground is open.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N,...

Location: 
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Bulwagga Bay

This lovely bay is rumored to be the home of Champ, the Lake Champlain monster because of the many "...

Location: 
Bulwagga Bay Dr, Port Henry, 12974
  
NYS DEC Eagle Lake Boat Launch

On Route 74, 1 mile west of the hamlet of Eagle Lake, this gravel launch is on the left if coming from Ticonderoga. Beach launch with parking for six cars; trailers can be parked down the road in...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Sophie's Lair Trail

This is another fine trail in the CATS network.

Getting there

The trailhead is on Essex Road, 3 miles north of Essex.

Hiking

The Sophie's Lair Trail goes through a...

Location: 
Essex Road, Essex, 12936
  
Berrymill Pond

Berrymill Pond is a scenic destination with hiking, camping, and paddling!

Getting there

From the intersection of Route 9N, Route 22 and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 74...

Location: 
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Boquet River North Branch

One of the major tributaries to the Boquet River, the North Branch flows through the towns of Willsboro and Lewis. It begins in small mountain tributaries in the town of Chesterfield. This branch...

Location: 
County Highway 14A, Willsboro, 12996
  
NYS DEC Willsboro Bay Boat Launch

Launch into Lake Champlain for great fishing and great fun on the water! 

Getting there

On County Route 27 on east side of the bay, 3 miles north of the village of Willsboro.

...
Location: 
County Route 27, Willsboro, 12996
  
Cross-Over Trail

This trail leaves from Gary’s Elbow and the Calamity Trail and is used as a cross-over trail to access both sides of Split Rock Wild Forest. This trail tends to be a bit wet, as it passes through...

Location: 
Lake Shore Rd, Westport, 12993
  
Poke-O-Moonshine

Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain has a commanding summit view which gets even better when the fire tower is open. There's 360 degree views of the High Peaks and Green Mountains in Vermont, Lake Champlain...

Location: 
Route 9, Keeseville, 12944
  
Hidden Quarry Trail

Explore the hidden quarry! This loop trail explores two delightful little forest areas and a field, with old cement structures from the turn of the previous century.

Getting there

...

Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993
  
Lincoln Pond

Lincoln Pond is a great fishing spot in the Lake Champlain Region! Cast a line and catch tiger muskellunge, northern pike, bass, panfish, or bullhead. If fishing isn't your thing, it's also a...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Noblewood Park

With its sweeping views of Lake Champlain, Vermont's Green Mountains, the Boquet River, and the Adirondack foothills, Noblewood Park is one of the hidden jewels of the Adirondack-Champlain region...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
La Chute River Boat Launch

Access for canoes and kayaks. Only small boats can access Lake Champlain from this launch.

Location: 
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Bulwagga Bay Park

Canoe, kayak, swim, and bird all at Bulwagga Bay! Say "hi" to Champ if you're in the area.

Paddling

Maintained by the Town of Moriah, this public beach is located within the...

Location: 
Bulwagga Bay Road, Port Henry, 12974
  
Pole Hill Pond Preserve

This may seem like a long ways from the south end of the Champlain Valley, but it’s that good of a hike that’s it’s worth the extra drive time to reach it. We have to stress that the trailhead is...

Location: 
Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Willsboro Bay Boat Launch Area

While the surrounding woodlots support a variety of breeding birds, like many sites along Lake Champlain, Willsboro Bay is very productive in the fall and spring. In fall, the bay can support...

Location: 
Farrell Road, Willsboro, 12996
  
Boquet Mountain Trail

A wide variety of habitat, from an old logging road through the forest to traversing slopes and walking beneath rock ledges.

Getting there

There are two trailheads. The north one...

Location: 
County Highway 12, Essex, 12936
  
Chimney Point State Historic Site

Birding

Chimney Point State Historic Site in Vermont sits on the Vermont side of the Champlain Bridge. It offers much the same birding opportunities as the New York side of the bridge,...

Location: 
7305 VT Route 125, Crown Point, 05491
  
Beggs Park

Beggs Park occupies a lovely point of land where there used to be manufacturing of horseshoe nails and window sashes, since burned down in the early 1900s. Canal boats docked here often, supplying...

Location: 
Church St, Essex, 12936
  
Mount Defiance

Mount Defiance, owned by Fort Ticonderoga, has a toll road to its historic summit. An interpretive tour is provided daily at the summit at 4 p.m. during the Fort's open season. Admission to Fort...

Location: 
Overlooking Fort Ticonderoga and
Lake Champlain, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area

Hurricane Mountain, outside the Village of Keene, is a popular hike along the three trails that take hikers to the summit. It can also be good for birding, and a variety of breeding birds call the...

Location: 
Hurricane Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Acres of Apples

Travel through five different apple orchards.

Getting there

  • Services in Port Kent and Peru.
  • 24.4 miles - Port Kent & Peru....
Location: 
Port Kent Ferry Dock, Keeseville, 12944
  
Broughton Ledges Trail

Take a switchback trail up the mountain with occasional views. Then, hike on old mountain road with great views of Broughton Ledges. Follow the loop back to the switchback trail down to the...

Location: 
, Moriah, 12960
  
Blueberry Cobbles

This aptly-named mountain is the first summit on the East Trail to Rocky Peak and Giant at 1.9 miles from Rt. 9.

How to get there

Head south on Route 9 from Elizabethtown. Continue...

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
  
Adirondack Center Museum Nature Walk

Visit a restored fire tower and the Colonial Garden with a .5 mile nature trail after a trip to the awesome museum!

Getting there

Located on the grounds of the...

Location: 
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Mt Defiance

This historic location and scenic drive offers unmatched views of Fort Ticonderoga as well as Lake Champlain from above.

How to get there

From Rt. 22, turn onto Montcalm St....

Location: 
Mt Defiance Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Moose Mt Pond Trail

This lovely trail follows an old logging road along a river with beaver activity and goes by a waterfall.

How to get there

Take Exit 29 off I-87 and follow Blue Ridge Road east...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Carver Road Trail

This easy, 4-mile round-trip trail follows an abandoned road through the forest west of Long Pond in the town of Willsboro. The south trailhead on Reber Road is 1.7 miles west of Route 22. The...

Location: 
Reber Road, Willsboro, 12996
  
Middle Mountain

This summit is not on a developed or mapped trail system, so the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. Expect hazards not found on a maintained trail, more...

Location: 
Jabe Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Port Henry's Champ Beach Park

Enjoy scenic swimming, camping, and picnicking on the shore of expansive Lake Champlain. You can even look for Champy, the infamous lake monster!

Swimming

This is a small town...

Location: 
Beach Road, Port Henry, 12974
  
North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail is America's longest National Scenic Trail stretching 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota, linking seven states, 10 National Forests, and more than...

Location: 
Crown Point State Historic Site
Grand View Drive, Crown Point, 12928
  
Challis Pond Trail

There is a slight incline to this hike but it's very pretty and a relaxing hike. The pond gets its name from an early pioneer named Timothy Challis. 

How to get there

The trailhead...

Location: 
Ensign Pond Road
POB 193, Moriah, 12960
  
Boquet River Main Stem

The Main Stem of the Boquet, the steepest river in New York state in terms of vertical drop from its origins to where it empties into Lake Champlain, begins in the upper reaches of Dix Mountain in...

Location: 
length of Essex County, Willsboro, 12996
  
Westport Area Fields

The fields and woodlots south of Westport support a variety of breeding birds including warblers, field birds, and year round red-tailed hawks. It is easiest to cover the area by driving Dudley,...

Location: 
Dudley
off Route 22, Westport, 12993
  
NYS DEC Ticonderoga-Lake Champlain Boat Launch

This launch is the perfect place to access Lake Champlain. It's in prime fishing habitat and can get you to open waters for boating quickly!

How to get there

  • On Route 74,...
Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Lake Champlain, the lake

Lake Champlain is our own Great Lake: it borders two countries, two states, is 122 miles long, has hundreds miles of shoreline, and is home to over 90 species of fish. It is a four-season...

Location: 
, Westport, 12993
  
Tour of History Loop

Retrace historic footsteps with a foliage tour that looks out over Lake Champlain from the top of Mount Defiance. Lake Champlain, mountains on both sides, and wonderful winding roads.

...

Location: 
Route 9, Westport, 12993
  
Poke-O-Moonshine Day Use Area

Poke-O Moonshine Mountain offers a huge a variety of activities for anyone looking for a place to spend the day, with an easy hike to the top, gorgeous swaths of rock for climbing, and plenty of...

Location: 
176 NYS Route 9N, Keeseville, 12944
  
Westport Water Treatment Facility

The water treatment facility in Westport off Marks Road is a good place to check out Lake Champlain in fall and winter. It is here that Hoisington Brook exits into the lake and a small sandy spot...

Location: 
Marks Road, Westport, 12993
  
Belfry Mountain

Known as the easiest fire tower in the Adirondacks, Belfry is excellent for any age or skill level. While this entire climb is uphill along an access road to the tower, it is very easy and has...

Location: 
729 County Hwy 7C, Mineville, 12956
  
Coon Mountain Trail

Coon Mountain is on the Coon Mountain Preserve, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy.  This is a perfect family outing, and if you are in the area it should not be missed. The views over Lake...

Location: 
Halds Rd, Westport, 12993
  
Lincoln Pond Campground

This 35-site DEC State Campground is the perfect choice for those looking to get away! Amenities include: flushing toilets, bathhouse, shower, picnic area, swimming beach, boat launch, and trailer...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
NYS DEC Ticonderoga-Lake George Boat Launch

Mossy Point, on Black Point Road, 2 miles south of the village of Ticonderoga, is on the east shore of Lake George. There is incredible views and wide, deep launch for boats of all sizes.

...

Location: 
Black Point Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Stony Lonesome Loop

Get off the asphalt! This spectacular half day of gravel biking is on mostly remote, unpaved roads, with a variety of hills and valleys, open and wooded terrain, marshes, ponds, and streams.

...
Location: 
703 Creek Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
Woman's Suffrage Way

Upstate New York was the cradle of women's rights. Celebrate this slice of history with gorgeous views and abundant wildlife near Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest.

By the numbers

...

Location: 
Main St, Essex, 12936
  
Owl Head Lookout

Hiking

Giant via Hopkins -The trail from the summit of Hopkins Mountain to the summit of Giant is Mountain extends 3.2 miles and ascends more than 1,600 feet. The trail joins the North...

Location: 
6475 U.S. 9, New Russia, 12932
  
Bald Peak

Bald Peak has a trail which starts flat, crosses a stream, climbs steadily through forest, and then follows the stream. After a mile it turns left, crosses stream again and climbs steeply to...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Port Douglas Boat Launch Area

A beautifully situated spot with views of both the sheltered Corlaer Bay and the open water of Lake Champlain. Nearby Schuyler Island (aka Schuylers Island and Whitney Island) has a rocky shore...

Location: 
Port Douglas Road, Keeseville, 12944
  
Fort to Fort

Take a tour of the countryside around two of America's most historic forts. This route includes abundant vantage points to behold Lake Champlain and distant mountains.

Cycling

All...

Location: 
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area

This 113 acres wildlife area features a stream and a marsh, and is more readily accessible via boat than on foot.

How to get there

By car, take State Route 9N/22 to Lake Road,...

Location: 
Wolcott Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
Westport Municipal Beach

Make a splash here!

Swimming

Open daily through the summer from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., no fee. Pet friendly and wheelchair accessible.

Location: 
Washington Street, Westport, 12993
  
Ensign Pond Road

This lovely route is also a symbol of friendship: look for the stone with an image of the two shaking hands etched in it. The North Hudson Pine Ridge Cemetery is the resting place of a number of...

Location: 
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah, 12960
  
Barn Rock Summit Spur

This easy-to-follow spur trail leaves the Barn Rock Bay Trail roughly 0.25 mile from the bay itself, at...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Westport, 12993
  
Westport Boat Launch

Get out on the water, and keep your eye to the sky! Westport offers beautiful views and great opportunities for birders in the region.

Boating

DEC boat launch on Route 22 in the...

Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993
  
Mountain Spring Road Trail

The Mountain Spring Road Trail is an easy, 8-mile-loop that follows a seasonal road through the Adirondack foothills, known as the West Champlain Hills, to Mineville.

How to get there...

Location: 
Stevenson Road
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Lee Park Trail

This easy, 0.75 mile round trip trail starts at a playground for a short, easy walk that's suitable for all ages and skills. An uphill route from the playground runs along Hoisington Brook. There'...

Location: 
Mill Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Mouth of the Saranac River

The mouth of the Saranac River in Plattsburgh can be a good place to look for ducks in winter. A small city park provides access to the area, where there is always some open water, even in winter...

Location: 
Champlain Park, Plattsburgh, 12901
  
Mount Gilligan

Mount Gilligan is a somewhat popular climb with really nice views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness.

Getting there

From the intersection of state Route 9 and 73 near Exit 30 on...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Cheney Mountain Trail

This is a short hike, but it's a favorite. An easy climb, with incredible views makes this perfect for combining with some other short hikes in the region, like Coon or Belfry Mountain. 

...

Location: 
CR 54, Port Henry, 12974
  
Grizzle Ocean Loop

Hiking

From the trailhead, you will follow a nice flat trail that passes by Putnam Pond to your right. The trail soon turns into a short, moderate climb before reaching a rather long...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Hammond & Bloody Pond Trail

Hike them both or just one. Either way, these two ponds are attractive destinations. They are definitely not all day adventures, but make for a good place to stretch your legs.

How to get...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Hammond Pond Wild Forest

This large, 40,000-acre tract covers portions of five Lake Champlain region towns – Elizabethtown, Westport, Moriah, Crown Point, and Ticonderoga. While the wild forest designation allows this...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
The Branch

Simply known as “The Branch,” this tributary of the Boquet River winds its way through the town of Elizabethtown and offers good access for anglers in town.

Getting there

Access is...

Location: 
Footbridge Park, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Crown Point Boat Launch Area

This location is part of a peninsula with parks along the shore.

Getting there

Located near the Lake Champlain Visitors Center.

Birding

There are many vantage...

Location: 
Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
Northway Loop

The scenery along the Northway is quite breathtaking and offers some great views of varying foliage along the route. Then discover our delightful two lane country roads and enchanting small towns...

Location: 
Exit 30, Keene Valley, 12943
  
Webb Royce Swamp

Located within the Magic Triangle, Webb Royce Swamp has historically been a great birding location with a variety of...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Westport, 12993
  
Riverside Trail

This is another fine trail in the CATS trail system.

Getting there

Mountain View Drive, 1.5 mi south of Route 22 in Willsboro.

By the numbers

1.2 mile loop, easy....

Location: 
624 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro, 12996
  
Rolling Reber Ramble

The Reber area is a rolling patchwork of woods, houses, and farm fields with vistas of the western Adirondacks. Don't miss the stone octagonal schoolhouse!

By the numbers

18.6 miles...

Location: 
Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area

This is a great place for hiking, birding, cross- country skiing, and snowshoeing! There is also a wheelchair accessible trail.

How to get there

There are three locations where you...

Location: 
154-166 Soper Rd
Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville, 12944
  
Penfield Pond Trail

Always a pretty destination, Penfield Pond is well worth the hike. 

How to get there

The trailhead is on Old Ironville Road, 0.2 mile east of Penfield Museum. From the intersection...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area

This is a birders' paradise!

How to get there

Take Exit 35 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87). Turn east onto Bear Swamp Road (Route 442) - turn right if coming from the south or...

Location: 
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh, 12901
  
Chilson Brook

Just west of the town of Ticonderoga, Chilson Brook is one of those small Adirondack brook trout streams that can easily be overlooked. The state stocks the stream, a tributary of Trout Brook,...

Location: 
County Highway 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
NYS DEC Crown Point Boat Launch

This launch is on Bridge Road at Crown Point Campground, immediately south of the Lake Champlain Bridge. This launch has a hard surface ramp with parking for 10 cars and trailers. Check in at the...

Location: 
NYS DEC Crown Point Campground
Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
Coon Mountain Preserve

Coon Mountain has a craggy interior with rocky outcrops, steep cliffs, and talus slopes. In shade there are abundant hemlocks, while the sunnier spots support oak and pine forests. Look for the...

Location: 
Halds Road, Westport, 12993
  
Mountain-Coast Connector

This rolling route has some isolated steep hills in the mountains and easy cruises around Lake Champlain. Find out why Elizabethtown, the county seat, was first named "Pleasant Valley."

By...

Location: 
1234 Stevenson Rd, Westport, 12993
  
Putnam Pond and North Pond

Several trails can be accessed from the shore of the ponds including Treadway Mountain, which is a wonderful hike with outstanding views.

Getting there

From the intersection of...

Location: 
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Willsboro Bay

This lovely bay can offer a sheltered area when Lake Champlain is stirred up by wind. A marina with rentals is located on the shore for those who want to get out and fish the center but do not own...

Location: 
Marina Road, Willsboro, 12996
  
Barn Rock Bay

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 22 in Westport follow Route 22. Continue for 0.5 miles to Lake Shore Road on the right. Follow Lake Shore Road...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Westport, 12993
  
Deer Leap

Deer Leap is more of a cliff over the lake and resides lower than the actual hill. Brown Mountain isn’t all that far away making for a nice destination to add onto your day. 

Getting there...

Location: 
Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Magic Triangle

The Magic Triangle, composed of Clark, Cross, and Lakeshore Roads (which form a triangle) south of Essex, is a collection of woodlots and fields which attract birds throughout the year. Baltimore...

Location: 
and Lakeshore Roads, ,
  
Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake. Visitors can boat, paddle, fish, and even camp at this scenic spot. It is approximately 420-...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Black River

Another of those Adirondack brook trout streams that flies under the radar, the Black River receives a good stocking from both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the...

Location: 
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Otter Pond

This short trail to a backcountry pond can only be reached via a short paddle across Eagle Lake.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 74 and Route 9N in Ticonderoga,...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Wet & Wild

Take a day long ride through some of the most remote paved roads in the whole park. View dozens of ponds and wetlands, cross several headwaters, and see some historic mining and farming areas....

Location: 
16 Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
  
Florence Hathaway Park

A town of Willsboro recreation park with a youth trail, community garden, and tennis and volleyball courts. Open to the public year round. 

Location: 
Essex Road, Willsboro, 12996
  
Ticonderoga Boat Launch Area

This shoreline location is well-situated to observe sweeping shorelines on both sides of Lake Champlain. In spring and fall, the lake becomes a migratory highway which funnels traffic between the...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Brown Mountain

Brown Mountain a great destination or can be made part of a longer trip. Either way, you can't go wrong. And the views are superb!

How to get there

From the intersection of Route...

Location: 
Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Crane Pond

Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 

How to get there

Take Route 74 from Ticonderoga to Route 9. Follow Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Black Point Beach

Come make a splash!

Swimming

Maintained by the Town of Ticonderoga, Black Point Beach is open daily through the summer from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. No fee.

Location: 
11 Tiroga Beach Lane, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Rogers Pond

Rogers Pond is a scenic spot but difficult to reach the open water. Beavers have done a number on it, but it’s a great place to do some birding.

How to get there

From Westport,...

Location: 
Ainger Hill Rd, Westport, 12993
  
High Peaks Wilderness Area

The largest wilderness area in the Adirondacks has it all, from rugged terrain to forest cover to wildlife. At 300 square miles, it covers portions of six towns and three counties – North Elba,...

Location: 
., Lake Placid, 12946
  
LaChute River Walk

Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.

Hiking

This is an easy walk.

Snowshoeing

This level...

Location: 
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Wildway Passage Trail

This scenic, easy walk is perfect for anyone. Be advised there may be trail closures in the area around hunting season. Check the CATS website for the latest info.

Getting there

...

Location: 
Angier Hill Road, Westport, 12993
  
Crown Point Ruins - Birding and Banding

A scenic and storied site on the banks of Lake Champlain. No matter the season, this historic fort is bound to provide a fun experience with extraordinary views of the Champlain Valley.

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Location: 
Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
Joe's Random Scoot

This lovely loop offers wonderful woods and water views. The entire hamlet of Essex is designated as a National Historic District, with 160 structures built between 1810 and 1860.

Cycling...

Location: 
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
  
NYS DEC Port Henry Boat Launch

Off Route 9N on Dock Lane in the village of Port Henry, you'll find a hard surface ramp and parking for 45 cars and trailers.

It is adjacent to the Port Henry Marina, Powerhouse Park, and...

Location: 
Dock Lane, Port Henry, 12974
  
Cook Mountain Preserve

The Cook Mountain Preserve covers 200 acres with a wide variety of terrain. The summit of the mountain offers views of Lake George, the Champlain Valley, and Vermont's Green Mountains.

...

Location: 
Baldwin Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Rattlesnake Mountain

The Rattlesnake Mountain trail is closed until further notice at the request of the private land owner. 

This mountain is well-known for offering great "value for effort."...

Location: 
4525 NYS Route 22 (across the road), Willsboro, 12996
  
Split Rock Falls

This roadside waterfall will leave you speechless! It's beauty is simply unmatched.

How to get there

From Exit 30 off I-87, follow Route 9 north toward Elizabethtown. Continue for...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Elizabethtown Walking Tour

First known as Pleasant Valley, Elizabethtown was first settled in 1798, by veterans of the Revolutionary War. Its development as the county seat resulted in many striking homes built by the...

Location: 
, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
NYS DEC Mossy Point Boat Launch (Lake George)

Launch into Lake George for great fishing and great fun on the water! 

Getting there

This DEC launch is located 2-miles south of Ticonderoga and on the east shore of Lake George...

Location: 
Black Point Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Ticonderoga Walking Tour

Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register.

Did you know the former Agway building (...

Location: 
, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
NYS DEC Putnam Pond Boat Launch

Putnam Pond is quiet and relaxing, and a great place to fish!

How to get there

Located in the Putnam Pond Campground off Route 74. 6 miles west of the village of Ticonderoga.

...
Location: 
Putnam Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area

The 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is an outstanding part of the Adirondacks! The wilderness contains an abundance of lakes and ponds, the largest being Pharaoh Lake, at 441 acres. There are...

Location: 
Crane Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
NYS DEC Port Douglas Boat Launch

On County Route 16, 3 miles southeast of the village of Keeseville, you'll find a hard surface ramp, and parking for 20 cars and trailers. Handicap accessible.

Location: 
County Route 16
3 miles southeast of the Village, Keeseville, 12944
  
Whallons Bay

Birding

Whallon Bay is most easily viewed from Albee Road south of Essex is a good place to look for ducks in the winter when mixed species flocks will feed in the bay. The flocks often...

Location: 
Albee Road, Essex, 12936
  
Five Nations Golf LLC

Five Nations Golf LLC is a comprehensive golf facility that includes a historically themed mini-golf course, scenic driving range, and house rental.  Located in historic Ticonderoga's Lord Howe...

Location: 
671 NYS Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Otis Mountain Ski & Bike Trail

​Otis Mountain Recreation Area is a 1940’s ski hill that has evolved into a challenging mountain bike, ski and trail running destination and is the home of the Otis Mountain Get Down music...

Location: 
Lobdell Lane, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Essex Quarry Trail and Nature Preserve
  • The Bluestone Trail (blue markers) takes you to and circles the quarry.
  • The Red Trail is a woodland loop trail beginning on the west side of the quarry. It leads to and then makes a...
Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Essex, 12936
  
Cobble Hill Golf Course

Holes: 9
Par: 35
Yards: 3,033
Greens Fees: Call for greens fees
Cart: Available
...

Location: 
Corner of Route 9 and 9N, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Ausable Chasm

The oldest natural attraction in the United States (est. 1870), the sites of the chasm are breathtaking. Formed of sandstone that is 500 million years old from a time geologists...

Location: 
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
  
Ausable Chasm Campground and Recreation Center-Mountain Bike Center
Location: 
2144 Route 9
POB 390, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
  
Carillon Boat Cruises

Carillon Boat Cruises Highlight Discoveries of What Lies Beneath Lake Champlain

...

Location: 

POB 390, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Wild Flow Mountain Bike Tours

The Adirondack Mountains have long been home to true outdoor enthusiasts. The people that come here live and breath the mountain life, grounding themselves among the natural beauty of the High...

Location: 
, Plattsburgh, 12901
  
Adirondac Rafting Company - Whitewater Adventures

 

Adirondac Rafting Company invites you to run the wild and scenic Hudson River Gorge. The gorge run is a 16 mile, 4-5 hour adventure trip with plenty of whitewater fun. Adirondac Rafting...

Location: 
100 West Main St, Indian Lake, 12842
  
Westport Golf

Westport Golf (formerly Westport Country Club) is a historic golf course nestled between Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in Westport NY whose legacy began in 1898.  Today, the course features...

Location: 
47 Country Club Way, Westport, 12993
  
Eastern View Outfitters

“Success afield is our business.” Eastern View Outfitters, LLC is a fully licensed and insured outdoor guide service specializing in guided duck & goose hunts, spring turkey hunts, guided...

Location: 
POB 2326
Plattsburgh, Port Henry, 12974
  
Bulwagga Bay RV Resort & Campground

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and paddle boats for rent.  Explore the bay or cross it to visit the Crown Point State Historic Site and Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area. 

Location: 
Route 22/9N, Port Henry, 12974
  
Ticonderoga School Nature Trail

Located behind the Ticonderoga Middle School, this .5 mile nature trail displays 7 interpretive signs that allow for a self-guided tour that educate about surroundings. Connects to the LaChute...

Location: 
116 Alexandria Avenue, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Hidden Quarry Trail Snowshoe

Explore the hidden quarry! This loop trail explores two delightful little forest areas and a field, with old cement structures from the turn of the previous century.

Hidden Quarry...

Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993
  
Willsboro Golf Course

Holes: 9
Par: 35
Yards:
Greens Fees: Call for greens fees
Cart: Available
...

Location: 
56 Point Road, Willsboro, 12996
  
Ticonderoga Golf Course

Ticonderoga Golf Course is a challenging...

Location: 
619 State Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Wadham Falls

Wadhams Falls is a large flume falls on the Bouquet River in the center of Wadhams.  This waterfall is visible from the road, Rt 22, which makes it a perfect stop for families.  

This...

Location: 
, Wadhams, 12993
  
Champlain Area Trails

200 miles of trails

In 2009, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) trail published its earliest trail map highlighting the first new hiking trails it created along with the few...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Bridgeview Harbour Marina
Location: 
54 Harbour Lane, Port Henry, 12974
  
Crown Point State Historic Site

The historic Crown Point is definitely a "don't miss" stop in the Lake Champlain Region! 

The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission fee at museum.

Grounds are open from...

Location: 
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928
  
Sail Adirondacks

Sail Adirondacks is the region’s only crewed sailing experience on a fleet of classic sailboats. With locations in Saranac Lake and Port Henry, Lake Champlain, you will have an opportunity to sail...

Location: 
POB 836, Port Henry, 12974
  
South Ti Stables
Location: 
37 Price Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Ticonderoga Dog Park
Location: 
Lord Howe Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Harmony Golf Club & Community

Holes: 9
Par: 30
Yards: 2,047
Greens Fees 2004: Call for greens fees.
Cart: Pull Carts...

Location: 
95 North St, Keeseville, 12944
  
Fins and Grins

Join Captain Bob for world class fishing on Lake Champlain this summer! Specializing in salmon and trout fishing charters, Captain Bob has decades of experience and is an active member of the...

Location: 
23 Lakeshore Road, Westport, 12993
  
F.M.B. Bait and Tackle
Location: 
4133 Main Street, Port Henry, 12974
  
Moriah Golf & Country Club

Holes: 9
Par: 32
Yards: 2,144
Greens Fees: Call for greens fees
Cart: Available
...

Location: 
3122 Broad Street, Port Henry, 12974