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Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail (VT, NY)

Waterway: Lake Champlain
Trail Locations: 39 (so far)
Campsites: 600+ Lakeshore/Island

Lake Champlain offers cedar-lined cliffs, quiet bays, rich wetlands, sandy beaches, island gems, and open water. Take a few days, weeks or a lifetime to explore the lake's wonders. There are many different ways to access the lake. In particular, the Lake Champlain Committee has developed a Paddlers' Trail, and produces an annual Guidebook to sites along the trail.

The Lake Champlain Committee opened the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail in 1996 to provide a safe, recreational corridor on the lake for human powered craft. Today, the Trail includes 39 locations on New York and Vermont public and private lands, providing access to more than 600 lakeshore and island campsites. LCC produces an annual guidebook available through membership, oversees an active stewardship program for remote Trail locations, and collaborates with public and private land managers to maintain the Paddlers' Trail.

LCC's long-term goal is to have sites located roughly a day's paddle apart (about every 810 miles under normal paddling conditions).


Public Access Points to Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain is a tremendous public resource, accessible to anyone. From fishing to boating to swimming you'll find a recreation that you love. There are over 50 public boat launches with access to Lake Champlain. They can be found up and down the lake. LCC has listed shoreline counties along Lake Champlain and the number of public launches found in each.

The link below offers some locations where you can enjoy Lake Champlain.

Contact Info:
Lake Champlain Committee
208 Flynn Avenue, Building 3, Studio 3F
Burlington, VT 05401

Telephone: (802) 658-1414

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