Aerial view of Lake Champlain (Stockbyte)

Fishing in Lake Champlain (Stephen Goodhue/VT Dept of Tourism and Marketing)


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What to do in Lake Champlain

Set amid the hopping university town of Burlington, Vermont, the Adirondack Mountains, and Canada, Champlain is one of the largest lakes in the United States. It’s so huge, it offers more diversions than you’ll know what to do with. Burlington’s Waterfront Park hosts festivals in summer, and serves as the launching point for the Lake Champlain Ferry—an affordable one-hour ride to the heart of the Adirondacks’ High Peaks region. The list goes on: Circumnavigate the lake on the relatively gentle 363-mile Champlain Bikeway. Explore more than 70 northern islands. Visit the eclectic Shelburne Museum. Discover the 480-million-year-old fossilized coral reef in the Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve near Isle La Motte. Search for an alleged monster named Champ. Or, after all this, just kick back and watch the aurora borealis during a moonlight sail.

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