Playing in the Lake Champlain Region

Play on the Adirondack Coast

The Lake Champlain Region's winter activities are in full swing with a variety of events for the whole family and a slew of outdoor activities to keep your days busy.

Winter activities 

Start your adventure with a day cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, or birding along the coast. We have miles and miles of trails that offer terrain for all levels, abilities, and activities! You definitely don't want to miss an opportunity visit to a trail maintained by Champlain Area Trails! If the lake isn't frozen, maybe you'll catch a glimpse of Champ from shore along Bulwagga Bay.

If you think ice is nice, many of our lakeshore communities offer maintained public ice skating rinks. With the right conditions, our lakes and ponds become natural rinks with the option of doing a little fishing too. Local bait and tackle shops can provide the most up-to-date information on lake and pond ice fishing conditions and what seems to be biting and where. They also can supply you with the best bait for your target catch, and all the right gear. With the right conditions our local fishing guides, will also offer shelters from the weather, ice fishing shanties, that often tend to spring up like little villages on the frozen lake and pond surfaces.

How about a little sightseeing? Take in the views from the comfort of your vehicle as you navigate our scenic roads  — don't forget to schedule enough time to stop and browse our many quaint shops!

Discover Lake Champlain’s historic past

A visit to the Lake Champlain Region wouldn't be complete without a stop at one or more of the famous historic sites that dot the landscape. Some of the most significant battles of the Revolutionary War took place along the lake at the Forts of Ticonderoga and Crown Point, of which both were regional strongholds. Artillery and war-era relics still reside in local museums. Visiting these sites isn't limited to the warmer months! Visit Fort Toconderoga year-round for special tours and living history events.

Winter fun for the family

As the cool weather descends, many of our attractions also transition with the seasons. Why not consider booking a winter tour at Ausable Chasm. Guides are prepared to outfit you with the appropriate gear for conditions and lead you into the depths of the chasm for some phenomenal winter-only experiences. See spectacular ice formations, 100-foot icicles, and ice-covered trees sparkling like diamonds, while listening to the thunderous echoes of the Ausable River. The chasm in winter is a photographer’s dream and special photo tours with their resident photographer are also available.

Families with youngsters may want to consider the LaChute Riverwalk Trail. Steps from downtown Ticonderoga and all its amenities, this well maintained, easy trail will wind you along the energetic river that connects Lake George with Lake Champlain. Learn some community history from the trail’s many interpretive panels before you end at Bicentennial Park whose sloping grounds welcomes slides and toboggans.

We're ready to welcome you to the Adirondack Coast — no matter which season you choose to visit!

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.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace