Blueway Trail: Port Henry and Crown Point

This segment is a loop that leads paddlers along Crown Point, a state historic site that has been the location of two separate forts under different sovereigns. The trail continues into Bulwagga Bay, an ideal spot for wildlife viewing, and then onward to the village of Port Henry, which includes a number of parks, beaches, and campgrounds, along with an informative museum that showcases the town’s rich mining and iron-ore history.

Launch Sites: Crown Point Campground Boat Launch

Paddling Distance: 10 miles (16 kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank & Margaret Holden: "Paddle deep into Bulwagga Bay to experience good wildlife viewing. Enjoy rolling the name of the bay across your mouth. Along the low, eastern shore of Bulwagga Bay, the flat rock surface just above the water line offers rewarding sights of 450-million-year-old gastropod fossils. Look carefully."

Other Notes: If a northern wind is present, the north side of Crown Point can have crashing waves against it, making it dangerous for paddlers. The rest of the segment is relatively protected. In the case of a southern wind, the return trip from Port Henry would be best done along the shore.

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Crown Point Campground
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Crown Point Campground
Accommodations | Campground

The campground is located on the lower southwestern shore of Lake Champlain, north of the village of Crown Point. Positioned so that it majestically overlooks Lake Champlain and neighboring Vermont. The Crown Point bridge looms on the northern-…

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Crown Point State Historic Site
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Crown Point State Historic Site
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Museums and Attractions

Long before the Revolution, the British and the French both claimed Crown Point in the struggle for a North American empire. Four failed campaigns to oust the French between 1755 and 1758 were mounted by the British. It was not until 1759, however,…

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Port Henry Drawboat and Trestle Site
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Port Henry Drawboat and Trestle Site
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

Only a few signs remain of the railroad trestle and drawboat that were constructed here in the 1870s to help transport Moriah iron ore to furnaces in Crown Point. This precursor to the drawbridge worked by connecting two trestles with a barge.…

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Bulwagga Bay
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Bulwagga Bay
Natural Areas | Wildlife

Bulwagga Bay offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, as its marshy shallows are teeming with fish and waterfowl. Waterfowl and other birds are common in this area, along with a diverse aquatic plant population. This is also a popular…

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Bulwagga Bay Beach and Campground, Port Henry (also called Port Henry Campground) and Bulwagga Bay RV Park and Campground
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Bulwagga Bay Beach and Campground on Bulwagga Drive, one of two popular longstanding public beach/campground establishments on the Port Henry waterfront. It has operated since the 1930s. The other is Bulwagga Bay RV Park and Campground.

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Port Henry
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Port Henry
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

Port Henry has more than 12,000 feet of shoreline and most of it has had some industrial or maritime use during its history. As far as industrial history goes, it is probably the most interesting port on the lake. Even though most of the industry…

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The Iron Center Museum
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The Iron Center Museum
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Museums and Attractions

The Iron Center is housed in the Witherbee, Sherman & Co. Carriage House--a building that has been recently restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The grounds overlook Lake Champlain and the site of Witherbee,…

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1 Crown Point Campground
2 Crown Point State Historic Site
3 Port Henry Drawboat and Trestle Site
4 Bulwagga Bay
5 Bulwagga Bay Beach and Campground, Port Henry (also called Port Henry Campground) and Bulwagga Bay RV Park and Campground
6 Port Henry
7 The Iron Center Museum