DescriptionExtending from Canada southward for 120 miles, Lake Champlain varies from a quarter of a mile to 12 miles wide. Two-thirds of its area lies in Vermont; the rest, except for a small Canadian portion, is in New York. Lake Champlain—with its Hudson River connector, the Champlain Canal—accommodates large vessels to make navigation possible from New York City to Montréal and the Great Lakes. It briefly became the sixth Great Lake in 1998 after president Bill Clinton signed a Senate bill reauthorizing the Sea Grant Program, but 2 months later the designation was rescinded.
Legends of Lake Champlain's own version of the Loch Ness Monster have persisted since French explorer Samuel de Champlain, the lake's discoverer, allegedly sighted what he described as a serpentine creature 20 feet long, as thick as a barrel and with a head like a horse. Occasional sightings of the elusive creature, affectionately named “Champ,” still occur, but whether a distant cousin of the legendary Scottish sea serpent really resides in the lake remains a matter of speculation.
Things to SeeLake Champlain Ferries