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Adirondack Park

Adirondack Interpretative Center

Fly Fishing

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Biking

Fishing Lake Champlain

Facts About Lake Champlain

 
 

Lake Champlain

Often referred to as "America'sSixth Great Lake," Lake Champlain is the North Country's principal recreational asset. This pristine body of water is 121 miles long and stretches eight miles at its widest point. Its surface area encompasses 435 square miles. It features scores of islands to explore from its northern tributary at the Richeliu River extending southwards to its confluence with the Hudson River. The Lake Champlain boating season begins traditionally in May. The lake is a favorite among anglers seeking walleye, trout, salmon, perch, and a number of other popular gamefish, and Plattsburgh now hosts two annual tournaments for professionals who claim that Lake Champlain is tops in the U.S. for catching bass.
The lake is famous also because of numerous sightings of "Champy," the North Country's cousin to the mysterious and elusive Loch Ness monster.

The Adirondacks

The six million acre Adirondack Park begins a few miles from Plattsburgh's city limits. Spring signals the departure of the skiers, snowboarders and snowmobile enthusiasts and the arrival of the hikers, climbers, mountain stream anglers and nature lovers. Melting snow swells countless lakes and the brooks and rivers that cascade through the mountains to empty into Lake Champlain. It's time for whitewater rafting and for breaking out the fly fishing equipment. Spring is also a time to revel in the beauty of the Adirondacks and to explore the region's history. A good place to start is at an Adirondack Visitor Interpretative Center located at nearby Paul Smiths or Newcomb. These facilities, operated by the Adirondack Park Agency, are open year-round to serve the general public.

         
   
   
White Water Rafting
Above: The Visitor Interpretative
Center at Paul Smiths
 
A springtime sport of thrills and spills for those in search of adventure.
   
   
Fly Fishing
Biking
   

Adirondack Mountain rivers and streams are world famous among anglers who enjoy the sport of flyfishing. Plattsburgh area residents who fish with flies don't have far to go to practice their skills.

The Saranac River runs through several sections
of the city and meets Lake Champlain a short distance from downtown Plattsburgh where this photo was taken.

Biking enthusiasts never run out of new trails to follow, and many state roads in the region have been widened to include paths for riders. The city of Plattsburgh maintains its own "Heritage Trail," a paved path that winds through the community along the shore of Lake Champlain that is popular among walkers, joggers and rollerbladers as well as bike riders.