Beggs Park

Beggs Park occupies a lovely point of land where there used to be manufacturing of horseshoe nails and window sashes, since burned down in the early 1900s. Canal boats docked here often, supplying the local industry. Enjoy the fishing pier, town park, and playground that offers great views of the lake and the Essex waterfront.

Full name, Marion Fraser Beggs Memorial Park.

This is also a great spot for birding!

Mt Defiance

This historic location and scenic drive offers unmatched views of Fort Ticonderoga as well as Lake Champlain from above.

How to get there

From Rt. 22, turn onto Montcalm St. towards Ticonderoga proper. After passing over the river, take your first left on to Cossey St. Make the turns to continue on Cossey St. until Defiance St. on your left. Continue up Defiance St. to reach the toll booth on your left.

Ticonderoga Marsh

Ticonderoga Marsh (often called Ti Marsh) sits tucked in along Lake Champlain where the La Chute River dumps into the lake. The marsh is best accessed by launching a canoe below the falls on the La Chute in the Town of Ticonderoga Recreation Park.

Port Henry's Champ Beach Park

Enjoy scenic swimming, camping, and picnicking on the shore of expansive Lake Champlain. You can even look for Champy, the infamous lake monster!


This is a small town beach with a big presence. By being here, you increase your odds of seeing Champ! There is a sandy beach, playground, and nearby amenities, along with a breathtaking view. Fun for the whole family is found right here!


Take a lovely riverside stroll through the park which contains one of the many water sources that feed Lake Champlain.

Westport Boat Launch

Get out on the water, and keep your eye to the sky! Westport offers beautiful views and great opportunities for birders in the region.


DEC boat launch on Route 22 in the village of Westport. Hard surface ramp with parking for 35 cars and trailers.


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 Barrow’s goldeneye, greater and lesser scaup, bufflehead, and common and hooded mergansers.

Putnam Pond State Campground

Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. It's location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.


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

Choose from interior site camping, which requires a boat for access, or the developed area where car camping is accessible. Campers can rent a canoe or rowboat from DEC staff. 

Noblewood Park

With its sweeping views of Lake Champlain, Vermont's Green Mountains, the Boquet River, and the Adirondack foothills, Noblewood Park is one of the hidden jewels of the Adirondack-Champlain region. Established in 1999 as the result of a partnership between the Town of Willsboro and the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, Noblewood offers both town residents and visitors wonderful opportunities for enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Champlain Valley.