On lake time

There's nothing quite like summer in the enchanting Lake Champlain Region, where the idyllic charm of lake life awaits you, and the saying "time spent at the lake is time well spent" truly comes to life. Nestled amidst the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Adirondack and Green Mountains, the region is a playground for visitors and locals alike. Whether you're up for a day at the beach, a scenic boat ride, a paddle along the lakeshore, another fun activity like fishing or birding, or a relaxed lakeside meal – there's a just-right activity for every summer's day. (P.S., there's even an elusive lake monster to watch for!)

Lake your day away at Bulwagga Bay

When it comes to experiencing the best of lake life, the choices are endless and entirely up to you. If you're looking for a great place to use as a jump-off point to start your days of lake enjoyment, or a place you can linger all day, Port Henry's Bulwagga Bay stands out as a true gem. Described by some as a "lake within a lake," Bulwagga Bay is a playground for lake-goers in search of everything from a low-key picnic on the beach to big adventure out on the water.

Bulwagga Bay has it all, where every dream of a lake lover comes true! Discover a multitude of activities to delight in, with something for everyone's idea of the best lake life. Launch your boat with ease, kickstart your water adventure from the boat launch, and paddle the sparkling waters of Lake Champlain in a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board. Feel the soft sand beneath your toes as you embrace the warmth of the sun and swim with the family at the public beach. Fishing enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise as the bay is a fantastic spot to cast a line and reel in some unforgettable catches! For those seeking memorable lakeside lodging, Bulwagga Bay RV Park and Campground provide a perfect haven to relax and rejuvenate. 

And let's not forget the captivating tales that surround this area, with countless sightings and legends of Champ, the legendary lake monster, adding an air of mystique to this charming community, often referred to as the “Home of Champ.” The story of Champ stretches back for centuries – you never know, you might have your own Champ encounter and end up with a story to tell!

Two kayakers paddle among water lilies in Bulwagga Bay

Unique experiences on the water

Embark on an unforgettable experience on the water and discover the lake from a fresh and captivating perspective! Explore the lake both above and below the surface of the water on Fort Ticonderoga's informative 75-minute narrated boat tour aboard the Carillon. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Champlain as this guided boat tour unravels centuries of the lake's rich maritime heritage. Take in the splendor of surrounding panoramic mountain views and view sonar of shipwrecks from bygone eras below the surface.

Let the wind guide you to a new adventure on the lake! Sail Adirondacks offers a unique and fun crewed sailboat charter experience, with the exciting option of sailing lessons. Master the basics under the instruction of an experienced captain, or settle in and relax on a scenic crewed sail across the sparkling waters of Lake Champlain. Don't forget to keep an eye out for Champ while you're out there!

Two people stand on a guided boat overlooking the waters of Lake Champlain

Lakeside dining

Whether you've chosen a leisurely day at the lake, a day full of big activity, or something in between, you're sure to work up an appetite. Lakeside dining is one of the most enjoyable parts of lake life, and lucky you – there are some super fun and impressive options for lakeside dining in the area!

If you're looking for a front-row seat to witness the vibrant life on the lake, then Galley Restaurant at Westport Marina is the place to be! Choose from alfresco dining on the deck, offering awe-inspiring mountain, water, and sky views, or opt for the comfort of air-conditioned indoor seating where you can cool off and relax. No matter where you sit, the experience will be nothing short of magical, as you savor each bite and watch the activity on the lake.

For an unforgettable dining experience, look no further than Indian Bay Marina & Restaurant, tucked away in the picturesque Willsboro Bay. As soon as you step foot into this haven of relaxation, you'll be greeted with a friendly atmosphere, a delightful menu featuring an array of casual-style meals, and a fully stocked bar to quench your thirst. Let the good times roll as you indulge in mouthwatering dishes while taking in the captivating views of the lake.

Picture yourself basking in the warmth of the season, savoring delicious food, and being enchanted by the breathtaking vistas of the shimmering lake at The Old Dock Restaurant and Marina in Essex. This charming establishment offers not only a delectable menu but also a treasure trove of history dating back to the early 19th century when it was the bustling hub of shipbuilding on Lake Champlain. A visit here promises to be an experience steeped in both flavor and heritage.

Two people sit at an outdoor table at The Old Dock Restaurant and Marina as a server delivers their order

The Lake Champlain Region celebrates a relaxed and joyful lake life. Plan your visit today and enjoy the welcoming and vibrant community, stay over in a relaxing retreat, explore the unique and charming local shops, experience all there is to see and do within the beautiful region, and create stories that will last a lifetime!


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