Boat big or boat home

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.

 

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Willsboro
County Route 27, Willsboro | (518) 897-1310
Get to the action fast in Willsboro!
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Crown Point
NYS DEC Crown Point Campground Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3603
This launch has a hard surface ramp with parking for 10 cars and trailers. Check in at the hut, as a fee may apply here. 
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Westport
Route 22, Westport | (518) 897-1310
This spot doubles as a boat launch and prime birding location!
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
Access for canoes and kayaks. Only small boats can access Lake Champlain from this launch.
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Ticonderoga
Black Point Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 897-1310
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.
Boating
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Boating
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Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
Putnam Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 897-1310
Putnam Pond is nestled amongst the mountains and lakes of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, and can be quite popular in the summer when the campground is open.
Boating
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
2669
Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 897-1310
Beach launch with parking for six cars; trailers can be parked down the road in overflow lots.
Boating
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Campgrounds
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Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Fishing
1862
Ticonderoga
Black Point Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 668-9347
Launch into Lake George for great fishing and great fun on the water! There is room for 100 boats/trailers here.
Boating
4836
Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 897-1310
On Route 74 adjacent to the Ticonderoga Ferry. Hard surface ramp with parking for 52 cars and trailers. Handicap accessible.
Boating
2459
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Fishing
2669
Keeseville
County Route 16 3 miles southeast of the Village, Keeseville | (518) 897-1310
On County Route 16, 3 miles southeast of the village of Keeseville. Hard surface ramp, parking for 20 cars and trailers. Handicap accessible.
Boating
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Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
1862
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Fishing
1862
Port Henry
Dock Lane, Port Henry | (518) 897-1310
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.
Boating
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Westport
Route 22, Westport | (518) 897-1310
This spot doubles as a boat launch and prime birding location!
Boating
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Westport
20 Washington Street, Westport | (518) 962-4356
Westport Marina welcomes seasonal and transient boaters! Available are powerboat and kayak rentals, full service and repairs. A unique Ship's Store & Boutique features clothing, toys, books, tableware, jewelry, gifts, and marine supplies. The Galley...
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Westport
20 Washington Street, Westport | (518) 962-4356
Westport Marina welcomes seasonal and transient boaters! Available are powerboat and kayak rentals, full service and repairs. A unique Ship's Store & Boutique features clothing, toys, books, tableware, jewelry, gifts, and marine supplies. The Galley...
Boating
4497
Westport
23 Lakeshore Road, Westport | (518) 929-1888
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 Outdoor Writers Association of America, having written...
Guide Services
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Westport
20 Washington Street, Westport | (518) 962-4356
Westport Marina welcomes seasonal and transient boaters! Available are powerboat and kayak rentals, full service and repairs. A unique Ship's Store & Boutique features clothing, toys, books, tableware, jewelry, gifts, and marine supplies. The Galley...
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Port Henry
54 Harbour Ln, Port Henry | (518) 524-0073
Set sail in the heart of the 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 in the...
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Willsboro
East Bay Rd, Willsboro | (518) 963-7858
Full-service marina on the eastern shore of Willsboro Bay. Seasonal restaurant.
Boating
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Westport
20 Washington Street, Westport | (518) 962-4356
Westport Marina welcomes seasonal and transient boaters! Available are powerboat and kayak rentals, full service and repairs. A unique Ship's Store & Boutique features clothing, toys, books, tableware, jewelry, gifts, and marine supplies. The Galley...
Boating
4497
Port Henry
54 Harbour Ln, Port Henry | (518) 524-0073
Set sail in the heart of the 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 in the...
62065
Westport
23 Lakeshore Road, Westport | (518) 929-1888
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 Outdoor Writers Association of America, having written...
Boating
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Crown Point
Monitor Bay Park, Crown Point | (518) 597-3235
Located at Monitor Bay Campground. No fee to launch; seasonal docking available.
Boating
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Ticonderoga
POB 390, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-2821
Step on board the Carillon and immerse yourself in the wake of history along Lake Champlain! Daily Narrated Boat Tours Enjoy gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Vermont's Green Mountains and New York's Adirondack Mountains during a 75-minute narrated boat...
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Elizabethtown
County Rte. 7, Elizabethtown | (518) 897-1310
A lovely beach launch with parking for 6 cars and trailers. 
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Port Henry
54 Harbour Lane, Port Henry | (518) 546-7400
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Willsboro
69 Klein Drive, Willsboro | (518) 963-7276
Marina features docks for short- and long-term docking and mooring, extensive services, scenic campground, 1500' of shoreline, barbecue and picnic area, and ship's store with marine supplies, snacks, ice, and more.
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Ticonderoga
92 Black Point Rd, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-2628
Untitled Document 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 certified Volvo and Mercruiser mechanics. "Let your summer last forever"
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Ticonderoga
1080 Wicker Street, Ticonderoga | (518) 480-7043
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Essex
2272 Main Street, Essex | (518) 963-7222
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 rental.
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Essex
2272 Main Street, Essex | (518) 963-7222
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 rental.
Boating
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