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?

    About a third of New York’s 6 million-acre Adirondack Park is in the Lake Champlain watershed.
    Find out more

    Adventure on the Water…
    And Below

    Water Trails

    Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail

    paddlerslogoLaunched in 1996, the Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail links access sites and camping for paddlers along the shorelines and islands of New York, Vermont and Québec. The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC), a bi-state membership supported non-profit advocacy organization, manages the trail. The LCBP, along with other partners, provided seed funding and technical assistance to help LCC launch the trail, develop trail signs and publish the first guidebook in 1998. LCC produces an annual guidebook that is available through membership.

    Shelburne Bay Interpretive Water Trail

    This water trail interprets 11 sites of natural and/or cultural significance. With LCBP funding, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) created the Shelburne Bay Interpretive Water Trail Guide.

    The Narrows Interpretive Water Trail

    This portion of Lake Champlain embraces all chapters of local history—from unique geologic formations and Native American territories to shipwrecks and “Champ.” An LCBP grant funded Lakes to Locks Passage and Essex County New York’s Champlain Valley Heritage Network to create the Narrows Interpretive Water Trail guide.

    Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling route that links the waterways of New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine. LCBP has supported several project along the trail, most recently an initiative to develop signage to educate paddlers about the spread of invasive species.

    Underwater Exploration

    The Sloop Island Canal Boat rest under 90 feet of water near Charlotte, VT. Photo: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

    The Sloop Island Canal Boat rests under 90 feet of water near Charlotte, VT. Photo: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

    Lake Champlain and Lake George contain one of the best collections of shipwrecks in North America. These shipwrecks represent every era of human activity from prehistory to military conflicts to the commercial era of the 19th century when schooners, steamboats, canal boats and barges crowded the waterways. There are nine designated dive sites in Lake Champlain’s Underwater Historic Preserve System; one in New York and eight in Vermont. The State of New York has also designated three shipwreck sites in Lake George. Hundreds of SCUBA divers visit the preserves each year; non-divers can experience the wrecks through the Virtual Diver Kiosk at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Shipwrecks are marked with yellow mooring buoys and include underwater interpretive signage. Booklets provide specific information about each wreck’s history, features of interest, and other pertinent diving information. The preserves encourage awareness and stewardship and enhance recreational opportunities for SCUBA divers.

    Management issues, degradation of water quality, nuisance aquatics, improved search technologies, and increased accessibility pose difficult challenges to protecting underwater cultural resources. A comprehensive inventory has been critical to addressing those challenges. There is an added urgency in gathering as much information as possible. The proliferation of zebra mussels in Lake Champlain threatens to obscure and, in some cases, destroy important underwater cultural resources. With funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, private foundations, and other public and private funding sources, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum completed an underwater survey in 2004. Approximately 300 square miles of lake bottom was surveyed resulting in the discovery of 75 shipwrecks, including a Revolutionary War era gunboat, located in 1997. The gunboat, later identified as the Spitfire, sank in 1776 during the Battle of Valcour Island.

     

    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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