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?

    Lake Champlain’s normal annual variation between high and low average water levels is about six feet (2 meters). The average annual water level is 95.5 ft. The record high water level is 103.57 ft. recorded in 2011 near Whitehall, NY. The record low level is 92.4 ft. recorded in 1908.
    Find out more

    Paths, Trails & Walking Tours


    Lake Champlain Bikeways

    bike pathInitiated in 1994, Lake Champlain Bikeways is a network of interconnected, international bicycle routes around Lake Champlain in New York, Vermont, and the Upper Richelieu Valley of Québec. The network includes principal route around the entire Lake, known as the Champlain Bikeway, and shorter loops that connect to the principal route. Lake Champlain Bikeways, a not-for-profit organization, works closely with local communities and the LCBP to create bike loops and identify ways to preserve and enhance the bicycle-friendliness of the region.

    Western New England Greenway


    Cycle the City

    Cycle the City is an interpretive bicycle loop that showcases the historic, cultural and natural splendor of Burlington, Vermont. A four-color, 16-page guide and seven interpretive and directional signs along the six theme loops educates visitors and residents alike. Local Motion also offers Cycle the City guided tours of the 14-stop, three-hour, 20-mile loop led by a trained volunteer historian.

    Hiking & Walking

    LCBP has long supported hiking trails and walking tours throughout the Basin. Grants have funded everything from land records research and interpretive materials to bridge and trail construction to erosion control.

    Cross Vermont Trail

    The Cross Vermont Trail is a project to build a multi-use, four season path across the width of Vermont that follows the Winooski River and Wells River valleys. The trail is connecting communities, their schools, and the natural areas between. LCBP has supported the installation of directional signs, development of new trails, erosion control, and negotiation of trail easements in 11 Basin towns.

    Guide to the Lake City

    This walking tour interprets the natural features, recreational opportunities, thriving cultural attractions, and historic legacy of Plattsburgh, New York. LCBP supported the development of the Guide to the Lake City Interpretive Guide.

    More on Recreation Trails and Paths

    For maps and more information on Lake Champlain Bikeways, please visit the Lake Champlain Basin Atlas.

    Trail Finder (Local Motion)

    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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