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. Consider booking 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.
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!
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. 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 you need. Browse listings of Lake Champlain boat launches and marinas, all including maps, to help you decide on one close to your accommodations. No matter how you choose to spend your time on the water, summer on the lake is not to be missed!
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. You'll even find restaurants accessible by boat. After dining, browse some of the region's historic towns for shopping and book your overnight stay in a charming hotel or bed and breakfast overlooking the lake. You'll be welcomed by friendly faces and Adirondack hospitality.
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.