Blueway Trail: Chazy River to Point au Roche

This segment follows a shallow shoreline, much of which is marshy. Paddlers will pass historic Chazy Landing, with many equally historic homes. From this trail, paddlers have access to Montys Bay Wildlife Management Area--great for wildlife viewing, hunting, and fishing.

Launch Sites: Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch; Point au Roche NYS Boat Launch

Approximate Paddling Distance: 12.2 miles (19.6 kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank and Margaret Holden: "The Great Chazy River has flat water up to the town of Champlain and is a nice paddle, even on windy days."

"This trip passes three large marinas, offering a variety of supplies and food. Entering Monty’s Bay, the first along this shore comes into view. Gilbert Brook Marina offers dock slips and moorings. Campsites and a supply store are associated with the marina. Unique to this marina, wave-calming jetties constructed of tires extend out from shore. Mooney Bay Marina sits in a picturesque cove on Point au Roche with a capacity for 240 boats on docks and moorings. A store, restaurant, and other facilities welcome boaters. Just south of the Point au Roche Park, Treadwell Bay Marina and Resort offers full services to boaters at docks and moorings, as well as a restaurant and other resort amenities."

Other Notes: Both strong north and south winds can create waves, although the shore and neighboring Isle la Motte provide some protection. Limited shore access on this segment.

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Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch
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Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch
Recreation | Boat Launches and Fishing

This hard surface ramp boat launch is located off Route 9B, 1/4 mile south of Coopersville at the mouth of the river. The launch has parking to accommodate approximately 66 cars and trailers.

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Great Chazy River
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Great Chazy River
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

The Great Chazy River is a major river that opens into Kings Bay and rises in Franklin County, flowing through the villages of Perry’s Mills, Champlain, and Coopersville.  At one time, it had as many as 27 sawmills on its banks. After 1893, there…

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Long Point
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Long Point
Heritage Areas and Sites | Cemeteries

Also called Point au Clair for Joseph au Clair, a refugee who lived here in the 1700s. On this point is an old graveyard called the Wiley’s Burying ground, where the original settler, James Rouse, is buried. The small point just north of here was…

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Chazy and Sax Landings
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Chazy and Sax Landings
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

This location was once a stopping point for both sail and steam boats. Matthew Sax constructed the first steamboat wharf between Whitehall and St. Jean here in 1805. Beginning 1903, another ferry ran from Chazy Landing to Isle la Motte, in the…

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Montys Bay Wildlife Management Area
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Montys Bay Wildlife Management Area
Natural Areas | Wildlife

Monty’s Bay Wildlife Management Area is located on the shore of Lake Champlain, bordering both the towns of Chazy and Beekmantown. The park is comprised of 216 acres, much of which is swamp. Open year round, the park draws in visitors with…

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Point au Roche NYS Boat Launch
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Point au Roche NYS Boat Launch
Recreation | Boat Launches and Fishing

This concrete ramp boat launch is located on Point au Roche Road in Plattsburgh. This launch has parking to accommodate approximately 40 cars and trailers.

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1 Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch
2 Great Chazy River
3 Long Point
4 Chazy and Sax Landings
5 Montys Bay Wildlife Management Area
6 Point au Roche NYS Boat Launch