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Boating At Lake Champlain In New York

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Lake Champlain, New York

Free Public Boating & Watersport Activities

Lake Champlain, straddling the border between New York and Vermont, is a magnificent freshwater lake known for its stunning beauty and historical significance. Spanning approximately 120 miles in length, it offers a plethora of recreational opportunities and attracts nature enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and charming towns, Lake Champlain serves as a gateway to numerous nearby attractions, including historic sites, museums, and nature preserves.

Boating is a quintessential activity on Lake Champlain, and there are numerous marinas scattered along its shores, providing docking facilities, fuel, and other services to boaters. Boat launch ramps are strategically placed around the lake, making it convenient for visitors to launch their vessels and embark on unforgettable boating adventures. From sailing to motor boating and kayaking, the lake caters to all types of watercraft, ensuring endless possibilities for boating enthusiasts.

Popular water sports like water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing are abundant on Lake Champlain, offering thrilling experiences for adrenaline seekers. The lake's vast size and clear waters make it an ideal playground for those seeking the excitement of water-based activities.

For those without their own, boat rental options are available, providing a chance for visitors to explore the lake even if they don't own watercraft. Rental boats allow people to venture out onto the waters and savor the breathtaking vistas and refreshing ambiance of Lake Champlain.

Lake Champlain is also renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities, attracting anglers from all over. The lake is teeming with various fish species, such as bass, trout, salmon, and northern pike, making it a haven for fishing enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether casting a line from a boat or fishing from the shoreline, the lake promises a memorable fishing experience.

Camping is a delightful option for those wishing to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the tranquility of Lake Champlain's natural surroundings. Nearby campgrounds offer a chance to sleep under the stars and wake up to the serene beauty of the lake, adding an extra touch of adventure to any visit to this scenic and historic destination.

Boating, camping and fishing.

Experience over 100 miles of boating waters and excellent fishing opportunities on Lake Champlain. This big water is best fished from larger boats, but some areas can work for small craft, canoes and kayaks. Sections of shoreline are accessible from many locations around the lake. About a dozen boat launch ramps serve the public from the New York side and the Vermont side. This thriving fishery is a 271,000-acre lake on the northeastern border of New York State. Well over 100 miles of deep trolling channels and nearly 600 miles of shoreline set the stage for the fishing here. Excellent fishing opportunities include bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, trout, sunfish, perch, pike, muskie, sauger and sturgeon. Fishing charters and guides offer a wide variety of fishing packages, depending on the fish species you desire. This is a bass fishing haven, with numerous tournament held here annually. A dozen or more marinas, on the NY side serve the boating public with gas, supplies, dining and shopping. Take your pick from many campgrounds and RV parks, some at the waters edge.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


Kings Bay Resort Campground - 514 972-2272

Lakeview Campground - 518 297-2104

Monty's Bay Campground - 518 846-7342

Ausable Point Campground - 518 561-7080

Port Kent Campground - 518 834-9011

Iroquois Campground & RV Park - 518 643-9057

Ausable Chasm Campground - 518 834-9990

Shady Oaks RV Park - 518 562-0561

Plattsburgh RV Park - 518 563-3915

Ausable Pines Campground & RV Park - 518 561-1188

Crown Point Campground - 518 597-3603

Crown Point Reservation Campground - 518 597-3257

Lake Champlain Map


Fish species found in Lake Champlain include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white perch, yellow perch, chain pickerel, muskie, northern pike, sauger and sturgeon.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass White Perch Yellow Perch Chain pickerel Muskie Northern pike Sauger Sturgeon

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Local Contact Information

Ausable Point Campground
3346 Lakeshore Drive
Peru, NY 12972
518 561-7080

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