Adirondack Country Homes Realty Inc.
Champlain is the 6th largest fresh water body in the USA
with 600 miles of shoreline, 120 miles long and more than 70
islands. The Champ contains 6.8 trillion gallons of water! One
of its interesting geological facts is that the lake has the oldest
fossil coral reef in the world! Yes, that’s right, coral. Five
Hundred million (500,000,000,000) years ago, this area was a shallow
tropical sea. At the Isle La Motte you can find the fossilized
coral reef, call “Chazy Reef”. We have several samples at the main
office for viewing in our mineral displays.
The lake is
classified into four zones: littoral (where sunlight penetrates the
bottom allowing submerge vegetation to grow; limnetic zone (where
sunlight can penetrate but not to the bottom and where algae
dominate the food chain); profundal zone (beneath the sunlight); and
benthic zone (sediment layer which is home to many organisms which
find their substance from food that sinks to the bottom).
lake is home to over 250 species of fowl, 70 species of fish with
popular game species including panfish, small mouth and largemouth
bass, northern pike, lake trout and Atlantic salmon. Lake Champlain
has world class trout fishing tournaments.
Outdoor Life named Lake Champlain Bass Fishing Capital of America!
has designated the Champlain Region as one of their scenic byways.
Each of byways represents a different theme: scenic, natural,
recreational, cultural, historical or archaeological. New York
state boasts two National Scenic Byways and one passes through the
Adirondacks and holds the nation's highest designation. We’ve
provided a write up for the Champlain Lakes to Lock Passage (click
here), for your enjoyment and hopefully to be included in
your travel plans
is much to explore today, perhaps a little study of the yester
years might be of interest as you venture our Lake Champlain. The
French explorer Samuel de Champlain encountered this lake in 1609.
It was renamed after his name sake. Prior to Samuels arrival, the
two conflicting stories are the Native American Iroquois named the
Ganiaderi Guarunte (meaning mouth or door o the country), or the
Algonquian Abenaki name of Petonbowk (meaning the lake in between).
colonial times, Lake Champlain provided easy traversed water ways.
Forts at Ticonderoga and Crown Point controlled the passage during
The War of
1812, known as the “Battle of Plattsburgh” fought on 9/11/1814 ended
the final British invasion. Following the war, the US Army began
construction on “Fort
Blunder”. So named for the surveying error of .75 miles
into the Canadian border. Opps! After the signing of the Webster-Ashburton
Treaty in 1842, the boundaries were adjusted and the fort continued
its construction. Portions of this fort (Fort Montgomery) still
stands and is currently for sale.
early 19th century, the construction of the Champlain
Canal connected Lake Champlain to the Hudson River System for
commerce. In 1929, NY’s Governor Franklin Roosevelt and VT’s
Governor John Weeks dedicated the first bridge to span the lake from
Crown Point to Chimney Point. This bridge later replaced on
November 6, 2011 with grand ceremonies.