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Lake Information for Lake Champlain


Lake Champlain lies between New York and Vermont with a small portion of the lake extending into Quebec. The lake historically supported an abundance of lake trout which were extirpated by the late 1800's. Lake trout are again present due to management by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Vermont, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Stocking and control of sea lamprey are the primary management activities to reestablish lake trout in Lake Champlain.

New York State has a reciprocal license agreement with the State of Vermont concerning Lake Champlain.

Facilities and Parks: 

Great Chazy River - Off Route 9B, 1/4 mile south of Coopersville at mouth of river. Parking for 66 cars and trailers.

Point Au Roche - Off Route 9, 6 miles north of the City of Plattsburgh on the Point Au Roche Road. Parking for 40 cars and trailers.

Point Au Roche State Park - Off Route 9 north of the City of Plattsburgh, in State Park. Parking for 21 cars and trailers.

Peru Dock - On Route 9, about 3 miles south of Plattsburgh. Parking for 50 cars and trailers.

Port Douglas - On County Route 16, 3 miles southeast of the village of Keeseville. Parking for 20 cars and trailers.

Willsboro Bay - On County Route 27 on east side of bay, 3 miles north of the village of Willsboro. Parking for 100 cars and trailers.

Westport - On Route 22 in the village of Westport. Parking for 35 cars and trailers.

Port Henry - Off Route 9N in the village of Port Henry. Parking for 45 cars and trailers.

Ticonderoga - On Route 74 at Ticonderoga Ferry. Parking for 55 cars and trailers.

South Bay - On Route 22, 2 1/2 miles northwest of the Village of Whitehall. Parking for 50 cars and trailers.

Fishing Description: 

Much of the lake trout fishing in Lake Champlain occurs from the Westport area north to Cumberland Head near Plattsburgh, extending over roughly 35 miles of the lake. Lake trout prefer cold water and are likely to be found deep during warm summer periods. Smelt are the primary forage for lake trout in Lake Champlain. Therefore, long narrow spoons and plugs are preferred lures. Angling techniques here are typical for lake trout in other waters. Down-riggers and lead core lines are useful for getting deep when surface waters are warm. During spring and fall when surface waters are cold, the lake trout may be near the surface. Slow trolling is the generally preferred method. However, some anglers catch lake trout by still fishing with smelt or other fish as bait on the bottom where temperatures are favorable for lake trout.

Directions to Lake: 

The Adirondack Northway (Interstate Route 87) parallels the New York Shore of Lake Champlain and provides easy access to the fishing communities of Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Port Henry, Westport, Willsboro, Port Douglas and Plattsburgh.

Atlantic Salmon
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout
White Perch
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Lake Champlain
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New York

Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Norm's Bait & Tackle
  • 286 Bridge Rd - Crown Point, NY
  • (518) 597-3645
    C & S Bait & Tackle
  • 4649 Rt-3 - Saranac, NY
  • (518) 293-7218

Boat Rental

    Captain Marneys Boat Rental
  • 3 Victor Herbert Rd - Lake Placid, NY
  • (518) 523-9746

Vacation Rental

    Vacation Rental Townhome
  • 115 Bear Run Rd - Richmond, VT
  • (802) 371-9772

Bar and Restaurant

    Ice House Restaurant & Bar
  • 171 Battery St - Burlington, VT
  • (802) 864-1800

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