Clean Water

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?

    Fifty-six percent of the Basin is in Vermont, 37% is in New York, and 7% is in the Province of Quebec.
    Find out more

    Fish & Wildlife Recreation


    ice fishing

    Photo: Andrew Gilbertson

    Lake Champlain is a world-class fishing destination. In recent years, it has become very popular for fishing derbies, many of which provide a valuable economic benefit to lakeshore communities. Of the Lake’s 81 fish species, about twenty are sought by anglers, including large and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, channel catfish, yellow perch, lake trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon, steelhead trout, brown trout, and rainbow smelt.

    In 2004, a reciprocal fishing license between New York and Vermont was adopted. This initiative was spearheaded in part by the local anglers and the Lake Champlain Citizen Advisory Committees. In order to fish on Lake Champlain, it is necessary to purchase a state permit. These permits help fund many activities vital to fisheries, such as fish hatchery programs and fisheries research.

    Birding and Wildlife Viewing

    Broad-winged hawk

    Broad-winged hawk. Photo: Julie Waters

    The Champlain Valley is a major corridor of the Atlantic Flyway, the route taken by migratory birds each year in the spring and fall. The Lake Champlain Birding Trail connects about 90 birding sites along Lake Champlain’s shoreline and uplands in Vermont and New York. The Champlain loop is the nation’s first bi-state birding trail. Organizers hope to include future locations in Québec as well.

    Great birding spots include:

    • Point au Roche State Park in Beekmantown, NY – (518) 563-6444
    • AuSable Wildlife Management Areas in Peru, NY – (518) 897-1200
    • Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, VT – (802) 868-2352
    • Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison, VT on Route 17 (802) 241-3700

    These and other spots throughout the Basin also plenty of opportunities to see other wildlife, including moose, white tail deer, black bear, river otters, and lynx.

    More on Fish & WIldlife Recreation

    For information on human health concerns related to eating fish, please visit the Fish Consumption Advisories page and the “Can I Eat Fish from Lake Champlain” section of our State of the Lake report.

    For additional maps and information, please visit the Lake Champlain Basin Atlas.

    New York Watchable Wildlife

    Wildlife Viewing in Vermont State Parks

    Wildlife – Viewing Vermont Fish and Wildlife

    What is the State of the Lake?

    What is the
    State of the Lake?

    Learn about the health of Lake Champlain in the 2018 State of the Lake report. Read about trends in key indicators of water quality and ecosystem health. Read the State of the Lake report


    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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