This is the lower part of the river, downstream from the beautiful falls in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park. After the dramatic drop at the falls, the river slows down to make its way to Lake Champlain via Fort Ticonderoga.
This portion of the La Chute River is an easy paddle with lots of scenery! The slight current is excellent for a leisurely paddle with plenty of opportunities for admiring the scenery. Abundant plant life on both banks makes for a quiet, secluded paddle. Farther downstream, the river eventually expands into a marshy area as it nears Lake Champlain, with Fort Ticonderoga uphill on the northern bank. Depending on the time of year, the view of the fort may be obstructed by foliage.
Emptying Lake George into Lake Champlain, the LaChute River flows through Ticonderoga and is home to a number of species of fish. With five waterfalls along its 3.5 mile length, the upper section can be a challenge to navigate, but access is good and includes two handicapped access areas at the lower falls and the hydro project.
The state stocks brown trout here in late spring, while Essex County adds larger rainbows a bit earlier in the year. Anglers may also find the bass, sunfish, perch and pike of Lakes George and Champlain. Access can be found along the LaChute River Walk Trail.
- The canoe and kayak launch is across the river from Bicentennial Park in Ticonderoga.
- From downtown, head east on Montcalm Street, turning left at Tower Avenue, crossing the river to the first right-hand turn at Rogers Street.
- The driveway down to the launch is immediately on your right. The launch sits adjacent to the scenic covered bridge known as the "Kissing Bridge."
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Read our blog post, Paddlers' Reward, for more details about this beautiful paddle.