Clean Water
Matters!

The diverse ecosystems, working
landscapes, and vibrant communities
that inspire and sustain us depend on
clean water. Learn about pollution
reduction strategies.

Healthy Habitats
Connect Us All

Lakeshores, stream banks, and wetlands are critical to clean
water and biodiversity. Learn about efforts to improve
habitat connectivity in the Basin ecosystem.

We Care for
What We Know

Recreation fosters stewardship of the Basin’s rich
natural and cultural heritage by connecting people
to the landscape while supporting local economies.
Learn about ways to explore the Basin.

Informed Citizens
Make Wiser Choices

Citizens who have an understanding and
appreciation of water resources make informed
choices about actions that might contribute to
pollution. Learn about education programs.

    Culture & Recreation

    Did You Know?

    More than 300 shipwrecks have been found in Lake Champlain. Some of these shipwrecks are in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve and can be visited by scuba divers.
    Find out more

    Celebrate Champlain

    Samuel de Champlain Statue

    Statue of Samuel de Champlain in Isle la Motte, Vermont. Photo: Wikipedia

    French explorer Samuel de Champlain gave us the first written account of Lake Champlain in his July 1609 journal. Champlain’s legacy went beyond his initial visit: the region was part of New France for the next 150 years, and many New Yorkers and Vermonters have French ancestry linked to his successful settlement of Québec. In 2009, the people of the region commemorated the 400th anniversary of the explorer’s arrival and celebrated the place called “Champlain.” The Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership were integral partners in commemoration.

    “Stories from the Lake”

    sunsetVermont Public Radio marked the quadricentennial with this series. Hear the stories of shipwrecks, early settlers and war heroes, and learn how industry and tourism have changed the lake. Listen to VPR’s Stories from the Lake

     

    “Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America”

    Dead Reckoning thumbnailMountain Lake PBS in New York produced the first historically accurate, animated documentary on Samuel de Champlain to be broadcast in the United States and Canada. Watch the “Dead Reckoning” preview

     

    Ships Logs of Lois McClure

    Lois McClureThe crew of the Schooner Lois McClure share their experiences from the Quadricentennial Tour. Their logs offer a glimpse of her ports of call and the people who welcomed her. Read the Lois McClure’s ships logs

     

    Celebrating a Landscape of Culture and Ideas

    The Essex County Historical Society created the site to provide public access to the Jack LaDuke Quadricentennial Commemorative Photograph Collection. Browse the collection and exhibits library

    What is the State of the Lake?

    What is the
    State of the Lake?

    Learn about the health of Lake Champlain in the 2015 State of the Lake report. Read about trends in key indicators of water quality and ecosystem health. Read the State of the Lake report

    Volunteers

    Make Some Waves

    From using lake-friendly cleaning products to volunteering with a local watershed group, you can help restore and protect the Lake Champlain Basin. Find out how you can get involved

    Track Our Progress

    Track Our Progress

    Explore the goals and actions of our partners and track our progress online with the Opportunities for Action website. View Opportunities for Action

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