Sail the 6th Largest Lake in America
Lake Champlain is a sailor's paradise. Named after the French explorer Samuel de Champlain, it is near the Canadian border in the northern United States and is surrounded on either side by Vermont and New York States.
The lake's elongated shape, and deep waters make it perfect for long leisurely sails. Spanning 193 km in length and 16kms at its widest point, it is the 6th largest fresh water lake in the United States, surpassed only by the Great Lakes. With an area of 1270 square km and over 800 km of shoreline, it offers endless sailing opportunities. It features over 70 islands, from oversized rocks to some as large as 21 km. The deepest portion, a 122m trench, is located at mid-lake between Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York.
Lake Champlain is a unique and magnificent sailing ground, which features clear and deep waters.
Imagine yourself sailing on a beautiful day, the Green Mountains on the east side and the Adirondacks on the west. You might think you are on the serene alpine lake, but you are enjoying all the fun and challenge of sailing on a large body of water. In the evening enjoy breath-taking mountain views while relaxing at one of the many safe anchorages such as Deep Bay, Partridge Harbor, Mallet's Bay and Converse Bay.
Want to stretch your legs? Much of the shoreline remains undeveloped and its many marine and nature parks are perfect for a bit of hiking or nature watching. For those wanting more activity or simply to re-provision, just ease into one of the well-appointed marinas through the marked channels and treat yourself by visiting one of the many towns that line the lake.
If you also love fishing, then the lower lake area from Whitehall and to the north of the Crown Point Bridge is for you. The river like conditions, cloudy waters and marsh lined shores are a perfect playground for fishing.