7 Ways to Make a Summertime Splash

Ahhh, summer in the Lake Champlain Region: sunny days of fishing, boating, and swimming. Dockside dining and peak hiking, historic adventures, and farm fresh fun. In a place filled with sparkling freshwater activities and the rugged wonder of the Adironadack Mountains, summer is a stunning season. We've put together seven ways to explore and enjoy the bounty of the Lake Champlain Region, perfect for your next summer getaway.

1. Fishing

With a lake in the name, you can bet that fishing is a favorite activity! Lake Champlain is famous for it's fantastic fishing, including trophy-worthy bass, trout, and landlocked salmon. Beyond the long expanse of Lake Champlain, there are numerous ponds and rivers that offer exceptional fishing, as well. From fly fishing to kid-friendly spots, the amazing fishing here has to be experienced to be believed!

A kayak fisherman stands in his craft with a rising sun beyond.

2. Hiking

There's something so special about hiking: the challenge, the time spent in the fresh air, the magic of unique views from the summit. Hiking in the Lake Champlain Region has all that, with a wonderful variety of options, from low elevation hikes that offer beauty without the exhaustion, to the awesome challenge of higher, steeper peaks. Whatever your speed, gorgeous adventures await!

Two hikers and two dogs survey the view of Lake Champlain from a summit.

3. Watersports

With a lake as large, expansive, and historic as Lake Champlain, it would be easy to spend your entire summer on the water! The fishing here is lively, with big bass taking center stage, the boating is dreamy, and family-oriented beaches dot the shore. Smaller lakes, rivers, and ponds sparkle for visitors looking for a quieter adventure. With boat and gear rentals throughout the area, all you need to do is get ready for the fun!

Two kayakers paddle among water lilies on Lake Champlain.

4. Road Cycling

Bring the bike, bring on the adventure! The quiet roadways of the Lake Champlain Region are a cyclist's delight, with views of lakes, farms, and peaks all around. There are great rides to be had, whether you're looking for shorter jaunt with the kids or a bigger journey. Wonderful loops offer opportunities to see fascinating sites along the way, from history to apple orchards, the lake the mountains. Pedal on!

A road cyclist riding at sunrise along open fields.

5. Mountain Biking

Get the knobby tires ready, because great dirt trails await! The Lake Champlain Region is home to trails on hills and mountains, and over and through beautiful forests. Try out an old ski hill, mile after mile of double-wide and single track, and plenty of flow on natural and man-made features. Our rides have plenty of magic, with waterfalls, rocky summits, and a magic soda machine. Our gravel rides are great too and fun for families. Pedal on!

A mountain biker descends a scenic hill with mountains in the background.

6. History

In the Lake Champlain Region, you don't just learn about our remarkable past, you get to live it. We love to celebrate our history: the people and events that have made the region what it is today in exciting, engaging, immersive ways. From the battlements of Fort Ticonderoga to the plains of the Crown Point State Historic Site, historic sites to living museums, step into the past and experience the region as it was during its earliest days.

Four men in period British uniforms fire muskets.

7. Agritourism

Mouth-watering. Scrumptious. In the Lake Champlain Region, the fields, valleys, and mountains, even the waterways themselves, have long provided residents and visitors with deliciousness. Small, family-run farms are abundant, with a focus on growing and producing high-quality foods. Here, you can tour a farm, sample fresh ingredients, stroll the farmers market, pick up a few fresh treats to take home, and dine at a farm-to-table restaurant, all in one unforgettable day.

Close up of a fluffy alpaca.


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