Life is Better on Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain
Point AuRoche State Park on Lake Champlain

If you’re looking to buy land near a lake, it’s definitely worth exploring Lake Champlain. Known for its rich history and a legendary monster named “Champ”, this lake offers scenic beauty, an abundance of recreational activities, and some of North America’s best bass fishing.

Lake Champlain By The Numbers
The third largest body of water in New York, and the sixth largest in all of the United States, Lake Champlain flows north from Whitehall NY, through the Adirondack Mountains, into Vermont, and all the way into Quebec, Canada. It is 120+ miles long, extends 12 miles across at its widest point, and reaches depths of 400 feet.

The lake is bordered by Plattsburgh NY on its western shore, Burlington VT to the east and Ticonderoga NY to the south. Sitting at just around 100 feet above sea level, Lake Champlain is actually the lowest point within the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park.

Lake Champlain History

Lake Champlain (along with Lake George) played an integral role in The Revolutionary War and the history of the United States. As the only navigable waterway between the Adirondack Mountains and Green Mountains of VT, many important forts were built here and several battles were fought on Lake Champlain’s shores. Among the most famous is the Battle of Plattsburgh. Also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain, this major turning point in the War of 1812 took place in Plattsburgh Bay on Lake Champlain, and ended with an American victory over the British.

Lake Champlain Recreational Activities
Boating, biking, fishing, paddling, swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, hunting – it’s all here in the Lake Champlain Valley. In addition to the lake’s nearly 500 square miles of water, and relatively undeveloped coastline, the Champlain Area Trails System (CATS) includes more than 40 miles of trails, many of which provide short, easy hikes to spectacular vistas of Lake Champlain to the east and the Adirondack High Peaks to the west.

Lake Champlain Bass Fishing
Lake Champlain consistently ranks among the top fishing spots in the nation. A popular destination for lake trout and landlocked salmon, it is most beloved for its legendary bass fishing. It has been named one of the top bass fishing lakes in North America by, and referred to as “the best lake in all of North America for both quality largemouth and smallmouth bass” by the World Fishing Network.

Own Property Near Lake Champlain
Surrounded by the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, a storied history, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, it’s easy to fall in love with Lake Champlain. Whether you’re considering living here year round or simply owning a vacation property on the lake, we at Adirondack MT Land would love to help you find your piece of paradise. We invite you to browse our property listings, or contact us for more information.

Fishing in the Adirondacks

With more than 3,000 fresh water lakes, ponds, brooks and streams, the Adirondacks are a favorite among avid fishermen. The region is home to 80 species of fish, including bass, trout, walleye, pike, perch and salmon. From ice fishing and fly fishing to reeling in the big one on your boat, the Adirondacks offer sportsmen an abundance of year-round opportunities to cast a line.

For some of the best fishing on the East Coast, check out these prime Adirondack fishing spots.

Fishing in Lake George Lake George
At just over 30 miles long and an average depth of 70 feet, Lake George is home to some of the best landlocked salmon and lake trout in the Northeast. You’ll also find bass, perch, chain pickerel and northern pike.

Planning a visit to Lake George? View our Lake George Itinerary for great weekend ideas!

Lake Champlain
The third largest lake in New York State, Lake Champlain consistently rates among the top fishing spots in the nation. A popular destination for lake trout and landlocked salmon, the lake also hosts a number of bass fishing tournaments every year.

Great Sacandaga Lake
From 1940-1979, Great Sacandaga Lake held the world record for the largest northern pike, and the species can still be found their today. The lake is also a popular fishing spot for bass, bullhead, yellow perch, and New York’s most valued sportfish, the walleye.

Sacandaga River
Located at the southern tip of the Adirondack Park, the Sacandaga River is one of the area’s most fertile trout hatcheries. Heavily stocked with brown trout in the section between Wells and Speculator NY, the river’s west branch is a favorite among brook and brown trout anglers alike.

Ausable River
An angler’s paradise, Ausable River is one of the best trout rivers in the Northeast, and features both brown and rainbow trout species. Located in the Whiteface Region, the river hosts the annual Ausable Two-Fly Challenge in the village of Wilmington NY.

Long Lake
Although Long Lake is home to bullheads, bass and yellow perch, its real draw is the northern pike. Anglers are eager to catch one of the rare 15 pound fish that inhabit the lake, but are more likely to pull out a pike averaging 22-28 inches.

Racquette Lake
The biggest lake trout in New York State was caught at Racquette Lake in 2009, and the promise of a prize-winning catch continue to draw fisherman to the lake today. While both lake and brook trout can be found in the river’s northern end, small and largemouth bass dominate the southern portion.

Adirondack Mt Land offers NY Mountain Properties that would put an avid fisherman in the midst of this fishing paradise. Whether you’re looking to live here year round, or are interested in a fishing cabin for seasonal adventures, we have the land options for you. We encourage you to browse our properties and then contact us for more information!

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Large Adirondack Acreage Properties for 2018

 In addition to the growing inventory and variety of Adirondack land parcels we have on the market, we at Adirondack Mt Land will be adding some large acreage properties to our selection.  What is so unique about these new properties is that they lay in the midst of the most beautiful part of the vast Adirondack region, offering tremendous views of the rugged High Peaks region. Characteristic of our company name, these properties are true mountain landscapes, with ridge tops, rocky peaks, and beautiful valleys. The properties are also very usable, with gentle building sites on elevated knolls offering incredible mountain views from your would-be cabin porch. There are also trails throughout for hiking, skiing, or even ATV access. The lands are also prime whitetail deer and black bear habitat, in some cases bordering public land, making for ideal hunting. The properties are also reasonably priced at between $700- $1300/acre.

So here we go, our exciting selection of Adirondack Acreage. Update: All the following properties have sold. Please follow this link to find available land.


# 1 – 132 Acres in the Town of Westport– $169,000  SOLD

This incredible acreage has been on the market since fall and would not only make a great location for a camp, but with public road frontage and power available, an ideal homestead. Located between the edge of the High Peaks Region and Lake Champlain, there are endless opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, etc. There are two mild ridges on the property that offer views in every direction, including Lake Champlain and the Green Mts, and the High peaks of the Adirondacks. The oak ridge tops are excellent habitat for deer.


# 2-  272 Acres- Town of Jay- $199,000  SOLD

This is THE Adirondack land if you are looking for a remote wild setting for a wilderness cabin. The land is at the end of a private road, located about a mile from the end of the maintained public road. There is a cabin site with an incredible view sweeping from the High Peaks to Whiteface Mt.  Ridge top trails offer access to additional views of mountain peaks, including the Jay Mt Wilderness. The property borders an additional 600 acres of public land.



# 3 – 150 Acres- Loon Lake- $179,000  SOLD

This property has it all- a cabin site with views of Whiteface Mt, a stream that is canoeable to the Kushaqua Canoe Route, deeded access to private beach and launch on Loon Lake, a mountain top ledge with views to the High Peaks, and it is surrounded by the 19,000 acre Kushuqua Conservation Easement, which is open to hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.


# 4 – 290 Acres- Black Brook- $225,000  SOLD

This large parcel of land features a variety of terrain which goes from level, rolling land with intermittent streams and beaver ponds to the rugged cone of Mitchell Mt. The property fronts on a town road and also has an interior road that leads to a cabin site with panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mts. From the top of Mitchell Mt there are commanding views of the Jay Mt Range and the High Peaks. This is an excellent hunting property.


# 5 –  150 Acres- Flagstaff Mt- $119,000 SOLD

This 150 acre parcel is beautiful Adirondack mountain property located near Lake Champlain, and is excellent deer hunting. The property includes the peak of Flagstaff Mt and it’s flanking ridge of open rock, meadows, and oak. Outstanding views of lake Champlain, the Green Mts, Auger Lake, and the High Peaks.


Wildlife as Seen From Your Adirondack Property: An Overview

The Adirondack Mountains are home to a vast array of wildlife, from tiny chipmunks and moles to massive moose, cougars and black bears. Birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects abound in the Adirondacks, making the region an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts of all passions and pursuits.

The Adirondack Park’s 6.1 million protected acres include more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats, including wetlands and old-growth forests, so there are endless locations to explore. The animals you encounter will vary according to the place and time of year, but some of the creatures you may find include:

Adirondack Moose
These majestic and iconic animals, which can stand more than six feet tall and weigh more than a half ton, are the largest land mammals in New York State. They are slowly repopulating the region after overhunting and deforestation decimated their numbers over the last two centuries, and it is now a misdemeanor to kill a moose in New York. They are most active at dusk and dawn, and moose sightings often occur in the fall, during the mating season.

Bald Eagles
Another rare sight, bald eagles do exist in the Adirondacks, after disappearing from the area during the 1960s but then making a resurgence from the 1970s onward. They are a protected species on New York States “threatened” list, but continue to multiply within the Adirondack Park. These incredible birds, which can live 20 to 25 years, are sea denizens that primarily prey upon fish, small waterfowl and other water-centric wildlife. Popular local areas to observe them include Schroon Lake, Lake George’s Long Island, Anthony’s Nose and Kitchel Bay, and Ausable Point in Peru.

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One of the most readily recognized waterfowl breeds that inhabit the Adirondacks are loons, known as the “spirit of Northern Waters,” which breed in the region and winter in open lakes and along the coast. Its distinctive call has become an inseparable aspect of the Adirondacks’ charm, most frequently heard near nesting areas and by wintering places in late winter and early spring.

Whitetail Deer
A common Adirondack denizen—and frequent prize of hunters—is the whitetail deer, recognized by the characteristic white underside of its tail, which it raises when alarmed to warn a predator that it has been detected. They are often found on the edges of forests and in open areas by roadways, farm fields or waterways, and can usually be spotted year-round in the early morning or early evening. They’re incredibly agile, able to swim, run up to 35 to 40 miles per hour, and jump over an eight-foot fence.

Black Bears
You’re more likely to come across a black bear in the Adirondacks than anywhere else in New York State, as an estimated 50% to 60% of the state’s 6,000 to 8,000 black bears live in the Adirondacks. They’re massive animals, with adult males averaging 300 pounds and females averaging 170 pounds. They hibernate during the winter, but can be found other times in areas increasingly close to human populations. Relatively intelligent, many have learned to seek out human food, and may be found rummaging through trash cans, bird feeders and hen houses in areas where homes meet forest.

Striped Skunks
Roughly the size of house cats, striped skunks are a very common Adirondack creature immediately recognized by its black fur and bright V-shaped white stripe, as well as the pungent defensive spray they emit when threatened. They inhabit open areas like pastures and fields, but are also fond of shady residential areas with plush lawns. Skunks are nocturnal and hunt in the evening for nuts, grasses, berries, insects, grubs, worms, rabbits and other small animals, and are quite fearless, so it’s best to avoid them or risk being sprayed.

Peregrine Falcons
These hunting birds are famous for their unbelievable speed, reaching up to 180 mph when chasing prey. After dying off in the 20th century due to the pesticide DDT, a ban on the substance in 1971 spurred a slow regrowth of populations in the Adirondacks. As of 2015, there were 15 confirmed active nesting pairs in the Adirondack Mountains and along Lake Champlain and Lake George. An average of 1.2 young/breeding pairs were produced by those 15 pairs.

Eastern Coyotes
Smaller than wolves but similar in terms of their dog-like appearance, coyotes average between four and five feet in length and between 35 and 45 pounds in weight. These pack animals have steadily grown in number in the area since the 1930s, generally preferring to remain in wooded areas. They don’t usually become aggressive with humans, but have been known to make meals of small pets left outside unprotected.

Also known as the fisher cat, fishers are a medium-sized member of the weasel family. Males average a length of 35 to 47 inches, weighing seven to 13 pounds, while females average 30 to 37 inches, weighing only three to seven pounds. Their most recognizable features include a broad head, narrow muzzle and long, bushy tail. They are predators with sharp, retractable claws, and are skilled hunters, notorious for their ability to hunt porcupines. They mainly prey on smaller creatures like rabbits, squirrels, mice and birds, but are omnivores willing to also eat beechnuts, acorns, apples and berries. They make their dens in natural cavities, like trees, logs and rocky outcroppings.