Fishable, Swimmable, Drinkable

Photo: Andrew Gilbertson

Fishable, swimmable, and drinkable are common standards identified by the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act for water bodies in the U.S. Like many areas, Lake Champlain and its watershed have faced challenges in meeting these standards and continue to address ongoing issues. But progress has been made, and in most parts of the lake at most times, its waters are fishable, swimmable, drinkable.


Lake Champlain fish can be a safe and delicious part of a healthy diet, but fish consumption advisories should be followed. Learn more about fishing advisories →


Lake Champlain’s beaches offer safe swimming at most times but are sometimes closed because of cyanobacteria blooms or elevated bacteria levels. Learn more about swimming →


Lake Champlain provides high-quality and great-tasting drinking water to many surrounding communities. More about drinking water →

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