A Kayaker's Guide to Lake Champlain: Exploring the New York, Vermont & Quebec Shores

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50 different watery paths of adventure divided into eight sections covering the Champlain Islands, the Inland Sea, Missisquoi Bay, Broad Lake North, Malletts Bay, Broad Lake East, Broad Lake West, and South Bay, provide an intimate, cove by cove, island by island exploration of America's other great lake, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's epochal journey of discovery in 1609. The routes are described, paddle stoke by paddle stroke, augmented with maps and photographs and enlivened with ...

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Overview

50 different watery paths of adventure divided into eight sections covering the Champlain Islands, the Inland Sea, Missisquoi Bay, Broad Lake North, Malletts Bay, Broad Lake East, Broad Lake West, and South Bay, provide an intimate, cove by cove, island by island exploration of America's other great lake, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's epochal journey of discovery in 1609. The routes are described, paddle stoke by paddle stroke, augmented with maps and photographs and enlivened with essays on early Native Americans, the pivotal naval battles of Plattsburgh and Valcour Island, the fascinating geology of this fossil-rich one-time arm of the sea, and up-to-date environmental issues like algae bloom, milfoil, zebra mussels, and endangered species. The result is a well-rounded overview of a remarkable natural resource.

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What People Are Saying

Arthur B. Cohn
"Certainly not just a guide for paddlers. This is one of the best all-around, multifaceted orientations to the lake I have ever read, and it will be of benefit to any lake student, boater, shoreline explorer, bird watcher, diver, hiker, or anyone with an interest in gaining a better understanding of this wonderful place we call Lake Champlain. ... I can't help but feel that Champlain himself would have reviewed this wonderful, informative and well-written new book and smiled at the effort, commitment and results."--(Arthur B. Cohn, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum)
Chris Boget
"This book is the perfect companion for any kayaker, beginner or experienced, exploring the scenic beauty, natural history, and biodiversity of Lake Champlain. It is a gift to all who enjoy Lake Champlain's irreplaceable treasures."--(Chris Boget, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Land Trust)
Katie Dolan
"What a delightful blend of natural history, lore, conservation and expert trip information about kayaking on Lake Champlain! Written with a paddler's eye view, the book captures the beauty, the mystery, and modern-day conservation challenges of this lovely 6th great lake. After just a few pages, you'll want to head for the lake with your kayak."--(Katie Dolan, kayaker and Director of The Nature Conservancy in Eastern New York)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883789657
  • Publisher: Black Dome Press, Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,428,090
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Frank is a former, long-time instructor at the Community College of Vermont and currently is an independent computer consultant and Web site designer. She has been a member and chairperson of numerous nonprofit boards on the local and regional level.

Margy Holden has worked for nonprofit and for-profit corporations, and as an organizational development and career consultant. She has chaired and participates in a number of nonprofit boards. She writes occasional articles and coauthored the "Women's Job Search Handbook."

Margy's and Cathy's travels on Lake Champlain have been featured as presentation before numerous organizations, on television, and in the local press. Both women are committed to promoting a heightened awareness of Lake Champlain, its strengths, and its issues.
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Table of Contents

Map iv

Foreword by Arthur B. Cohn, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum viii

Acknowledgments xi

Preface 1

Caution and Safety Tips: Pause before Jumping In 3

User's Guide to This Book 9

Chapter I About Lake Champlain 11

Chapter II Champlain Islands 24

1 South Hero: Allen Point, Crescent Bay, Providence and Stave Islands, and Carleton Prize (South Hero, Vermont) 27

2 Keeler Bay (South Hero, Vermont) 31

3 Grand Isle East: Drawbridge to Sandbar (Grand Isle-South Hero, Vermont) 33

4 Grand Isle West (North Hero-Grand Isle, Vermont) 36

5 Grand Isle West to South Hero (Grand Isle-South Hero, Vermont) 42

6 Drawbridge to North Hero Village and Back (North Hero, Vermont) 45

7 Alburgh Dunes State Park through The Gut (Alburgh-North Hero, Vermont) 48

8 Paddling the North Half of North Hero (North Hero, Vermont) 52

9 Carry and Pelots Bays (North Hero, Vermont) 57

10 Isle La Motte (Isle La Motte, Vermont) 60

Chapter III Inland Sea 66

11 Missisquoi Bridge to East Alburgh Shore (Swanton-Alburgh, Vermont) 69

12 St. Albans to Missisquoi Bay Bridge (St. Albans-Swanton, Vermont) 72

13 St. Albans Bay to Milton (St. Albans-Milton, Vermont) 76

14 Milton to the Sandbar (Milton, Vermont) 80

Islands of the Inland Sea 84

15 Cedar, Fishbladder, and Savage Islands (South Hero-Grand Isle, Vermont) 85

16 Burton Island (St. Albans, Vermont) 88

17 Knight and Butler Islands (North Hero, Vermont) 91

18 Woods Island (St. Albans, Vermont) 94

Chapter IV Missisquoi Bay 98

19 Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge to Highgate Springs & Dead Creek (West Swanton, Vermont) 101

20 Missisquoi Bay (Highgate Springs-Swanton, Vermont, Through Quebec) 110

ChapterV Broad Lake North 116

21 Alburgh West Shore: Alburgh Dunes State Park to the Rouses Point Bridge (Alburgh, Vermont-Rouses Point, New York) 119

22 Rouses Point to the Great Chazy River (Rouses Point, New York) 126

23 Great Chazy River to Point au Roche (Rouses Point-Beekmantown, New York) 131

24 Point au Roche to Cumberland Head Ferry Landing (Beekmantown-Plattsburgh, New York) 134

Chapter VI Malletts Bay 138

25 Outer Malletts Bay (Colchester, Vermont) 141

26 Inner Malletts Bay (Colchester, Vermont) 146

Chapter VII Broad Lake East 150

27 Burlington Bay (Burlington, Vermont) 153

28 Burlington to South Hero (Burlington-South Hero, Vermont) 157

29 Burlington Waterfront to Juniper Island & Shelburne Bay (Burlington-Shelburne, Vermont) 165

30 Shelburne Town Beach to Shelburne Bay (Shelburne, Vermont) 170

31 Converse Bay in Charlotte to Shelburne Town Beach (Charlotte-Shelburne, Vermont) 176

32 Little Otter Creek to Converse Bay (Ferrisburg-Charlotte, Vermont) 180

33 Arnold Bay to Little Otter Creek (Panton-Ferrisburg, Vermont) 185

34 Chimney Point to Arnold Bay (Chimney Point-Panton, Vermont) 190

Chapter VIII Broad Lake West 194

35 Cumberland Head to Plattsburgh Bay and Return (Plattsburgh, New York) 197

36 Port Kent to Plattsburgh Bay (Port Kent-Plattsburgh, New York) 202

37 Valcour and Crab Islands (Peru, New York) 207

38 Port Kent to Willsboro (Port Kent-Willsboro, New York) 211

39 Schuyler Island (Port Kent (Keeseville, New York) 217

40 The Four Brothers (Willsboro, New York) 220

41 Willsboro Bay to Essex (Willsboro-Essex, New York) 225

42 Westport to Essex (Westport-Essex, New York) 229

43 Port Henry to Westport (Port Henry-Westport, New York) 234

44 Crown Point, Bulwagga Bay, Port Henry (Port Henry, New York) 238

Chapter IX South Lake 244

45 Crown Point to Bridport and Return (Port Henry, Crown Point Park, New York) 247

46 Lapans Bay Loop between Bridport and Watch Point (Shoreham, Vermont) 252

47 Larrabees Point to Fort Ticonderoga and Return (Shoreham, Vermont) 257

48 Chipman Point to Benson Landing (Orwell, Vermont) 264

49 Whitehall to Benson Landing (Whitehall, New York-Benson Landing, Vermont) 268

50 South Bay (Whitehall, New York) 274

Lake Organizations 279

Paddle Matrix 280

Lake Champlain Public Launch Sites 294

Places to Visit: Museums, Historic Places, Wildlife Areas, State Parks 297

Glossary 298

Bibliography 300

About the Authors 303

Index 304

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