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!

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 Eagle Lake Boat Launch

On Route 74, 1 mile west of the hamlet of Eagle Lake. Beach launch with parking for six cars and trailers. Access to main lake is limited by 3-4' depending on lake level.

Location: 
Route 74
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
NYS DEC Port Douglas Boat Launch

On County Route 16, 3 miles southeast of the village of Keeseville. Hard surface ramp, parking for 20 cars and trailers. Handicap accessible.

Location: 
County Route 16
3 miles southeast of the Village, Keeseville, 12944
  
NYS DEC Willsboro Bay Boat Launch

On County Route 27 on east side of the bay, 3 miles north of the village of Willsboro. Hard surface ramp with parking for 100 cars and trailers. Pumpout available.

Location: 
County Route 27, Willsboro, 12996
  
NYS DEC Ticonderoga-Lake George Boat Launch

On Mossy Point, Black Point Road, 2 miles south of the village of Ticonderoga, on the east shore of Lake George. Hard surface ramp with parking for 100 cars and trailers. Pumpout available....

Location: 
Black Point Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Westport Boat Launch

 

Boating

DEC boat launch on Route 22 in the village of Westport. Hard surface ramp with parking for 35 cars and trailers.

Birding

Westport’s position on North...

Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993
  
Putnam Pond State Campground

Camping

Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start-off point for hiking in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area.

Choose from interior site camping, which...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, 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
  
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.

Paddling

These two ponds are connected by...

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.

...
Location: 
Putnam Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
NYS DEC Port Henry Boat Launch

Off Route 9N on Dock Lane in the village of Port Henry. Hard surface ramp with parking for 45 cars and trailers. Adjacent to Port Henry Marina, Powerhouse Park, and Champ RV Park & Campground...

Location: 
Dock Lane, Port Henry, 12974
  
NYS DEC Mossy Point Boat Launch (Lake George)

Handicap accessible; ten parking spots for vehicles and trailers.

This boat launch on the shore of Mossy Point is part of the Henry Knox Cannon Trail Monuments in New York.

Early in...

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 Lincoln Pond Boat Launch

Located in the Lincoln Pond Campground, 6 miles south of Elizabethtown on County Route 7. Beach launch with parking for 6 cars and trailers. Access through NYS DEC Campground. Fee may apply.

Location: 
County Rte. 7, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
NYS DEC Crown Point Boat Launch

On Bridge Road at Crown Point Reservation 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 hut...

Location: 
NYS DEC Crown Point Campground
Bridge Road, 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...

Location: 
20 Washington Street, Westport, 12993
  
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
  
Monitor Bay Marina

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

Location: 
Monitor Bay Park, Crown Point, 12928
  
Carillon Boat Cruises

Step on board the Carillon and immerse yourself in the wake of history along Lake
Champlain!

The Carillon is back for 2021 cruises!

A tour aboard Fort...

Location: 

POB 390, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Essex Shipyard, Inc.

Sheltered marina with daily, overnight, and seasonal slips available. Within walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants.

Location: 
Main Street, Essex, 12936
  
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
  
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
  
Bridgeview Harbour Marina

Marina offers moorings for transient and long-term boaters, wifi, showers, laundry, and is less than one mile from shops, restaurants, and public beaches.

Location: 
54 Harbour Lane, Port Henry, 12974
  
Essex Marina

Located in the deep water "narrows" of Lake Champlain. Within walking distance of shops and restaurants.  In addition to extensive service features, the marina also offers two guests houses for...

Location: 
2272 Main Street, Essex, 12936
  
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
  
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
  
Jones' Aqua Sports

Discover the adventure under the lake with Jones' Aqua Sports, Inc. and the Champlain Dive Center. Two full service dive shops right on the lake, easily accessible by water or land....

Location: 
71 Klein Way, Willsboro, 12996
  
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