Boating on Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks' largest lake, is the perfect place to launch your boat of choice - whether you like to paddle, sail, or motor. Surrounded by towering mountains, rocky cliffs, and rolling fields, the waters of Lake Champlain offer outstanding views of New York and Vermont, as well as limitless activities such as fishing, ice fishing, swimming, and exploring. We have opportunities to enjoy a scenic boat tour, or bring your canoe or kayak and depart from one of the many public launches. Lake Champlain is a boater's paradise with expansive waterways, sheltered bays, sandy shores, and secluded places to lower anchor. Boating on Lake Champlain is the perfect way to experience what a large Adirondack lake — and one of the largest in the nation — has to offer. 

A sunset lighted boat parade on Lake Champlain.

Known for its wide variety of geological features, lakeshore habitats, and great fishing, Lake Champlain is navigable by many different types of vessels, including sailboats, cruisers, fishing boats, and ferries!

Front cover of The Narrows brochure

The Narrows

Known as "The Narrows", the slender stretch of water just north of Westport is a hotspot for boaters on Lake Champlain. Heading there yourself? You'll love this interpretive guide to "The Narrows" outlining its Indigenous territorial boundaries, shipwreck sites, ancient geology, and more.

Click here to see the guide!

Lake Champlain facts

  • Lake Champlain is 125 miles long and covers 435 square miles of surface area
  • The widest section of Lake Champlain is 14 miles
  • The average depth of Lake Champlain is 64 feet 
  • The deepest spot in Lake Champlain is 400 feet, located just north of Westport, New York
  • The shorelines in Vermont, New York, and Quebec total 587 miles
  • More than ninety species of fish call the lake home
  • Champ lives here!

Get in on the action

There are many water sports to enjoy on the lake. We're always ready to jump into the fun and try activities such as tubing, water skiing, kite surfing, stand up paddleboarding, and wind surfing, or relax with a panoramic paddle in one of the lake's many sheltered bays. Many local marinas provide rentals of all the gear that visitors and residents need and want. Browse listings of Lake Champlain boat launches and marinas, all including maps, to help you learn more about the great boating offerings the area has.

Activities on the shore

One of the best parts about staying on the lake are the many activities available on the waterfront. Play on the beach or bask in the sunshine with a scenic lunch or dinner at one of the many lakeside restaurants dotting the shore. We even have restaurants accessible by boat. Everyone is always welcomed by friendly faces and Adirondack hospitality.

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.

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
  
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
  
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
  
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.

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Location: 
Black Point Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
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.

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Location: 
County Route 27, Willsboro, 12996
  
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
  
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.

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Location: 
Putnam Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
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
  
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
  
Carillon Boat Cruises

Carillon Boat Cruises Highlight Discoveries of What Lies Beneath Lake Champlain

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Location: 

POB 390, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
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
  
Westport Marina

Westport Marina welcomes seasonal and transient boaters, rents powerboats, kayaks, and pedal boats, and offers full service as well as repairs.

A unique ShipStore featuring...

Location: 
20 Washington Street, Westport, 12993
  
Bridgeview Harbour Marina
Location: 
54 Harbour Lane, Port Henry, 12974
  
Monitor Bay Marina

Located at Monitor Bay Campground. No fee to launch; seasonal docking available.

Location: 
Monitor Bay Park, Crown Point, 12928
  
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...

Location: 
92 Black Point Rd, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Port Henry Marina

Full-service marina with daily, weekly, and seasonal slips and moorings. Pump-out service available. Handicap accessible restrooms and showers. Laundry.

Within walking distance of downtown...

Location: 
1 Dock Street, Port Henry, 12974
  
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
  
Adirondack Boat Rental Company

Rental service featuring pontoons, waverunners, kayaks, and more. Will deliver to docks throughout the Adirondacks. See website for details and rates.

Location: 

POB 635, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Indian Bay Marina

Full-service marina on the eastern shore of Willsboro Bay. Seasonal restaurant.

 

Accessibility

Accessible car parking onsite available at the venue.
Accessible Van...

Location: 
East Bay Rd, Willsboro, 12996