Blueway Trail: Point au Roche to Cumberland Head

This route passes by the Point au Roche Lighthouse, a testament to the heyday of ship navigation on Lake Champlain. The trail continues along a series of beautiful bays. From almost all of these locations, paddlers have access to the extensive Point au Roche State Park, with its sandy swimming area and trail network.

Launch Sites: Point au Roche NYS Boat Launch; Cumberland Head Ferry Landing

Approximate Paddling Distance: 13 miles (21 kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank and Margaret Holden: "Give all ferries a wide berth. Most importantly ferries have the right of way. Additionally, kayakers--low to the water--can be difficult to see, especially under wavy conditions."

Other Notes: While the entire shore of Point au Roche State Park is accessible, there are no stopping points after the park. The western shores of both Point au Roche State Park and Cumberland Head are exposed to north and south winds.

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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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Point au Roche Lighthouse
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Point au Roche Lighthouse
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Museums and Attractions

The Point au Roche Lighthouse was built in 1858 of blue limestone and is 50 feet tall. This structure was the last light tower to have retained its original light until the 1990s.  Due to the poor condition and structural deterioration of the old tower,…

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Conner Bay
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Conner Bay
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

A picturesque, cove-like spot, with a trail running along the shore, which offers an opportunity for hiking. The trail is accessible from the beach, within the cove at the north end of the bay.

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Deep Bay
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Deep Bay
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Deep Bay is a long, thin body of water between Long Point and Middle Point. It has a depth of 20 feet and is often called Lake Champlain’s only fjord. It provides a sense of isolation and wilderness and is a popular destination for boaters of all types.…

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Point Au Roche State Park
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Point Au Roche State Park
Recreation | Distinctive Recreational Attractions

This park, on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain, in the town of Beekmantown, is open year-round and supports a variety of popular activities, such as swimming, hiking, biking, and fishing. The park also contains playing fields for volleyball,…

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Treadwell Bay
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Treadwell Bay
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Treadwell Bay is a large bay that is only partially protected and can receive strong and unexpected southern winds. From this bay, boaters have access to the Point au Roche State Park, Deep Bay, Long Point, and the Treadwell Bay Marina, one of…

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Cumberland Head Ferry Landing (Cumberland Head, NY to Grand Isle, VT Ferry Crossing)
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This is one of three Lake Champlain ferry crossings between New York and Vermont operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Company. This company began operating ferries on Lake Champlain in 1826 under the name “Champlain Transportation Company.”…

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Cumberland Head Lighthouse
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Cumberland Head Lighthouse
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

This was the second of three lighthouses built in 1858 as a part of a modernization of all of United States Aids to Navigation. It replaced an outdated 30 ft. masonry tower originally built in 1838 to mark the Plattsburgh Harbor. There was…

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1 Point au Roche NYS Boat Launch
2 Point au Roche Lighthouse
3 Conner Bay
4 Deep Bay
5 Point Au Roche State Park
6 Treadwell Bay
7 Cumberland Head Ferry Landing (Cumberland Head, NY to Grand Isle, VT Ferry Crossing)
8 Cumberland Head Lighthouse