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

    Cultural Heritage

    historic tailor

    A tailor works on colonial-era clothing at Fort Ticonderoga.

    The human history of Lake Champlain and its Basin spans more than 10,000 years. The Basin’s cultural heritage resources include historic structures and settlements of early Europeans, archeological sites on land and under water, sites of traditional and sacred importance to the Abenaki, Iroquois, and Mohican, military battle sites, agricultural sites, and industrial development sites.

    Each year, millions of visitors come to the Basin to experience its rich history. Historic villages, bed-and-breakfasts, rural landscapes and vital downtowns provide a relaxing backdrop for the casual visitor. History enthusiasts can explore the region’s history at the many museums and historic sites in the Basin. Forts and battle sites that played a role in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 are found along the lake in New York, Vermont, and Quebec. Museums and historical societies provide in depth local and Lake Champlain oriented history.

    Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership

    Gunboat PhiladelphiaIn 2006, the U.S. Congress established the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP). This national heritage area was designated to recognize the importance of the historical, cultural, and recreational resources of the Champlain Valley; to preserve, protect, and interpret those resources; to enhance the tourism economy; and to encourage partnerships among state/provincial and local governments and nonprofit organizations in New York, Québec, and Vermont.

    Most of the CVNHP is located within the Lake Champlain Basin, but the Partnership area also includes Bennington (Vermont) and Saratoga (New York) Counties, outside the Basin to the south. The CVNHP Management Plan is a component of the Lake Champlain management plan Opportunities for Action. The strategic issues—the goals, objectives, and actions—of the CVNHP Management Plan are integrated into the “new format” and include the areas of the Basin that are not included in the CVNHP.

    More on Cultural Heritage

    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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