Boating on Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain boating: kayaks, yachts, and everything in between!

Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks' largest lake, is the perfect place to launch your boat of choice. Surrounded by towering mountains, rocky cliffs, and rolling fields, the waters of Lake Champlain offer outstanding views of New York and Vermont. Bring your own boat or rent one from a local marina! 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. 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.

Lake Champlain launches and marinas

Browse listings of Lake Champlain boat launches and marinas, all including maps, to help you decide on one close to your accommodations. Check back with us as we continue to add helpful insider tips and information about each launch.

NYS DEC Ticonderoga-Lake Champlain Boat Launch
Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
NYS DEC Mossy Point Boat Launch (Lake George)

Handicap accessible; ten parking spots for vehicles and trailers.

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

Birding

Westport’s position on North West Bay is optimal for finding wintering and migrating waterfowl and other species along the lake. Look for many duck species including common and...

Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993
NYS DEC Crown Point Boat Launch

On Bridge Road at Crown Point Reservation Campground, immediately south of the Lake Champlain Bridge. Hard surface ramp with parking for 10 cars and trailers. Conditions permitting, NYS DEC opens...

Location: 
NYS DEC Crown Point Campground
Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
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 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 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 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 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 Putnam Pond Boat Launch

Located in the Putnam Pond Campground off Route 74, 6 miles west of the village of Ticonderoga. Hard surface ramp with parking for 10 cars and trailers. Day use fee in season.

Location: 
Putnam Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Putnam Pond State Campground

Camping

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

Choose from interior site camping, which...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
Monitor Bay Marina

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

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

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

Daily Narrated Boat Tours
Enjoy gorgeous,...

Location: 

POB 390, Ticonderoga, 12883
Willsboro Bay Marina
Location: 
69 Klein Drive, Willsboro, 12996
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
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
Van Slooten Harbour Marina
Location: 
140 North Main Street, Port Henry, 12974
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
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
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
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
Indian Bay Marina

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

Location: 
East Bay Rd, Willsboro, 12996