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.

Whiteface Mountain

Whiteface MountainWhiteface Mountain at 4,867’ in elevation is New York’s fifth-highest peak, and bigger sister peak to adjacent Esther Mountain. Named for it’s signature snowy peaks ten months out of the year, Whiteface is perhaps most famous for hosting the alpine skiing competitions of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Whiteface’s east slope is home to the Whiteface Ski Center, still just as popular today for amateur and professional skiers alike. Just 10 miles north of Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain is a popular day trip destination for upstate tourists.

Unique to the rest of the Adirondack High Peaks, Whiteface’s summit is completely accessible by car—how easy is that?! Take a drive on Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway, opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, to lead you directly to the developed summit. Once you’re there, savor the gourmet rustic cuisine at the peak’s Castle Cafe restaurant, pick up a souvenir from the gift shop, or take an elevator ride deep inside the mountain to the mountain’s highest point and take in the expansive 360-degree view of the neighboring Adirondack mountains (and even as far as Vermont and Montreal on a clear day)!

Just a short drive from your Adirondack property, there’s no other Adirondack High Peak quite like Whiteface Mt. With its easily accessible breathtaking views and summit activities, you’ll be satisfied visit after visit.

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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