Lake Champlain, Lake George,
and Richelieu River Historic Site Map

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Lake Champlain,  Lake George, and the Richelieu River have been vital transportation corridors since pre-Columbian days.

Lake Champlain, known to the Abenaki as bitawbágw, flows north to the Richelieu River, and, eventually the St. Lawrence, along its roughly 100 mile length. It connects with Lake George, or Andiatarocté, as it was known to the Mohawk, at the Ticonderoga peninsula, where a small stream, now known as La Chute, affords an outlet from Lake George.

The first European to see the lakes was the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1609.

Fittingly named, "The Great Warpath," the lakes have seen great armies and  huge flotillas traverse the length and breadth of their waters.

During the all too brief periods of peace between the wars of the 18th and early 19th Centuries, the waterways were used by brave and hardy settlers to reach new homes in the wilderness.

Only when the vast wilderness was tamed and reliable land transportation was possible did these waterways finally become avenues suited only for peaceable use.

 Commerce- legal and illegal- flourished on the waterways all through the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Today, these storied waterways are treasured by millions for their recreational value.


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Lake Champlain and Lake George

Lake George and Fort William Henry

Hague and the Narrows of Lake George

Ticonderoga, Mount Independence, and Mount Defiance

The Historic Lake Champlain Islands

The Historic Burlington, Vermont Waterfront

Valcour Island and Plattsburgh, New York region

Fort Montgomery, Rouses Point, New York

Fort Lennox, Richelieu River

Point au Fer, New York

Crown Point State Historic Site

Fort Chambly, Richelieu River

Historic Whitehall, New York

Click here to visit Quebec's Fort ChamblyClick here to learn about the Abenaki village at Odanak (outside link).

Click here to learn more about Isle aux NoixClick here to learn about early French forts on the Richelieu River

Learn about Ash Island, also known as Isle aux TetesLearn about the ancient Abenaki village at Missisquoi Visit 'Following Fort Blunder- The Story of Fort Montgomery, Rouses Point, NY by Jim MillardClick here to learn about Windmill Point in Alburgh, Vermont

Click here to learn about French Fort Ste. Anne in Isle la Motte, VermontClick here to visit Alburgh, Vermont on our Champlain Islands History TourBlockhouse Point is a stop on our History Tour of the Lake Champlain IslandsThere are many pages about historic Plattsburgh, New York on this site. This link will take you to the Battle of Plattsburgh materialVisit Grand Isle, Vermont, the largest island in Lake Champlain Click here to learn more about Point au Fer

Learn "The Secrets of Crab Island" as told by Jim Millard

Learn about historic Valcour Island, scene of the Battle of Valcour, October 11, 1776Click here to learn of the ancient Native American villages at Winooski

Learn about the War of 1812 Cantonment at historic Burlington, Vermont

Click here to learn about Split Rock, ancient boundary of nationsThe Otter Creek was navigable to Vergennes, Vermont. It played a key role in conflicts and in peactime

Visit lovely Arnold's Bay, known to the British as 'Destruction Bay'.Visit a War of 1812 shipyard at beautiful and historic Vergennes, VermontVisit His Majesty's Fort at Crown Point! Don't forget to also discover the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse here.Learn about French Fort St. Frederic

Discover Chimney Point, Vermont- site of ancient Native American and French settlements.Historic Fort Ticonderoga! Click here to learn about the great fortress known to the French as Carillon.Little-known Mt. Independence played a major role in the northern theater of the American Revolution. Click here to learn about this historic site in Orwell, Vermont.Learn about the key role played by Mount Defiance during the American Revolution. Lots of stunning photos!

Learn about the Battle of Hubbardton- the only Revolutionary War battle fought directly on Vermont soil.

Click here to learn about historic Whitehall, New York, previously known as Skenesborough.

Bloody Pond, Lake George, New YorkClick here to learn about the Battle of Lake GeorgeClick here to learn about the Battle of Fort William Henry, of 'Last of the Mohicans' fame


Copyright © 2006 America's Historic Lakes South Hero, VT, USA
Last modified: 12/05/2010

Photo contributions can be found throughout America's Historic Lakes. In addition to images from Jim Millard and the authors listed above; photos have been graciously contributed by Greg Furness, Jerry Forkey, Barbara Gallagher, Frederic Chase, Roger and Linda Harwood, Floyd Harwood, Doug and Mark Harwood, Judy Carpenter, Dan Rock, Philip Lamarche, John Tomkins III, Claudia Hornby, Matt Booth, Ralph Gilpin, Charlie Barney and Michael Bernstein. In addition, we have images from the collections of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Clinton County Historical Association and Museum, Special Collections at Feinberg Library, State University of New York and Powertex, Inc. of Rouses Point, NY. Music contributions have been made by Stan Ransom and Tom Ventiquattro.


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