Covering 172KM, Lake Champlain connects to the Hudson River in New York as well as to Montreal and Vermont in Canada. It also reaches Quebec before flowing into the Richelieu River and later into the St. Lawrence River. The windy lake shares its name with the valley in which it stands, getting water from the mountain ranges encompassing it. The lake is rather narrow, with its widest point being 12 miles.
The area is strikingly beautiful and the scenery is idyllic with the lake reflecting the imposing mountains surrounding it. It is the 6 the largest body of water in the US, it is also the lowest point in the region at 100meter above sea level. Early explorers explored the lake to get from one area to another faster and it also served an important role during the American revolution. As a result, the waters have seen countless shipwrecks, which are highlighted and explained at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.
In the 1900s when sea freight was one of the main sources of commercial transport, Lake Champlain was of great importance, up until the 1970s when truck transportation gained popularity. Nowadays it still serves as a means of transport for locals and tourists alike via smaller boats, including those for leisure. Boat Fishing is a sought-after sport at the lake, as the waters are home to northern pikes, bowfin, and large-moth bass. It has also been ranked as one of the top 5 fishing lakes in North America.
Regardless of being smaller than other great lakes, it is still very important as it provides fresh water for 250,000 people in various cities, not to mention its ecological importance for wildlife. In summer the area is popular for water sports, boating, and recreation including swimming at the beaches surrounding the lake. In winter the area is covered in snow, making it attractive for snowshoers and ice-skating as a section of the lake freezes. The lake and surroundings are popular for hiking, cycling, and outdoor camping
In 1998, Bill Clinton quietly declared Lake Champlain as being one of the Great Lakes in America, but this received criticism from many people who complained that being much smaller than other great lakes it did not deserve the title, hence the title was revoked soon after.
Albeit having its Great Lake title revoked, one cannot deny the beauty and impressiveness of Lake Champlain. Bordering both New York and Canada and having such ecological importance, this Lake is definitely worth visiting all year round.