Photo by Carolyn Bates.

Lake Champlain is a tremendous public resource, accessible to anyone. From fishing to boating to swimming you'll find a recreation that you love. This page offers some locations where you can enjoy Lake Champlain.

State Parks

A cedar bluff at Point Au Roche State Park.


Alburg Dunes, Alburgh - Day use site with a south facing sandy beach

Burton Island, St. Albans - 253 acre island with walking trails, campsites, and access via a passenger ferry

Button Bay, Ferrisburgh - Overnight and day use available

D.A.R., Addison - Overnight and day use available

Grand Isle, Grand Isle - A full facility park

Kill Kare, St. Albans - Popular recreational day use area with swimming

Kingsland Bay, Ferrisburgh - Popular day use area

Knight Island, North Hero - Primitive camping on an 185-acre island

Knight Point, North Hero - Day use area with swimming beach and boat rentals

North Hero, North Hero - Thick woods and old pasture with over 100 camp sites

Sand Bar, Milton - Popular recreational day use site with a sandy beach

Woods Island, St. Albans - Primitive camping on an island in Inland Sea

New York

Ausable Point, Peru - Camping, hiking, and a natural sand beach

Crown Point, Crown Point - Visit the ruins of revolutionary era Fort St. Frederic

Cumberland Bay, Plattsburgh - Day use, camping and a natural sand beach

Point Au Roche, Beekmantown -large day-use area,  a protected, sandy beach, picnic facilities and concession stand

Public Beaches

In addition to the recreation resources below, most of the state parks listed above have swimming areas. Many of the beaches charge a fee for day use. Fees may vary for residents and non-residents of the municipalities who run the beaches.


Ferrisburgh Town Beach, Ferrisburgh

Charlotte Town Beach, Charlotte

Shelburne Town Beach, Shelburne

Red Rocks Beach, South Burlington

Oakledge/Blanchard Beach, Burlington

North Beach, Burlington

Leddy Beach, Burlington

Bayside Beach, Colchester

White's Beach, South Hero

Cohen Beach, St. Albans

Maquam Beach, Swanton

New York

Port Henry Beach, Port Henry

Ballard Park Town Beach, Westport

Port Douglas Beach, Chesterfield

Plattsburgh Beach, Plattsburgh

Boat Launches

There are over 50 public boat launches with access to Lake Champlain. They can be found up and down the lake. Below we have listed shoreline counties along Lake Champlain and the number of public launches found in each. We have also provided links for more information about specific state run boat launches in Vermont, and Essex and Clinton, Counties in New York.


Rutland (1)

Addison (11)

Chittenden (13)

Franklin (7)

Grand Isle (15)

New York

Washington (1)

Essex (6)

Clinton (5)

Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)


There is one National Wildlife Refuge in the Champlain Basin located in the northeastern portion of the lake.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton - 6,642 acres


Maps and descriptions of Vermont's wildlife management areas can be found at the web site of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The following WMAs are located on or very near Lake Champlain.

The Narrows, West Haven - 429 acres

East Creek, Orwell - 398 acres

Whitney/Hospital Creek, Addison - 157 acres

Dead Creek, Addison, Panton, Bridport - 2,858 acres

Little Otter Creek, Ferrisburgh - 1,402 acres

Halfmoon Cover, Colchester - 294 acres

Lower Lamoille River, Swanton - 234 acres

Sand Bar, Milton - 1,560 acres

Black Creek, St. Albans - 211 acres

Maquam, Swanton - 872 acres

Mud Creek, Alburgh - 1,151 acres

Rock River, Highgate - 296 acres

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton - 6,642 acres

New York

Substantial parts of the New York's Lake Champlain shoreline are within the Adirondack Park.  In addition to the park, the following Wildlife Management Areas can be found on or very close to Lake Champlain.

Putts Creek, Crown Point - 113 acres

Wickham Marsh, Chesterfield - 862 acres

Ausable Marsh, Peru - 580 acres

Montys Bay, Beekmantown - 216 acres

Kings Bay, Champlain - 421 acres