Blueway Trail: Port Henry to Westport

It is recommended that this segment be completed south to north. This route begins in the village of Port Henry, and passes a number of historic sites along the shoreline, including a once industrious brook and a small island believed to be one of several locations where a famous Jesuit missionary was tortured while held captive by the Mohawks. The trails ends in the town of Westport, where paddlers have access to two town parks that include a beach and swimming area.

Launch Sites: Port Henry NYS Boat Launch; Westport NYS Boat Launch

Paddling Distance: 12 miles (19.3 Kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank and Margaret Holden: "Don't miss the spectacular orange- and rust-colored iron-filled rock along the shore, north of Port Henry. A good place to stop for lunch or a break is Cole Island, a small, forested island owned by the state of New York."

Other Notes: This route is exposed to strong north and south winds and waves.

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Port Henry State Boat Launch
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Port Henry State Boat Launch
Recreation | Boat Launches and Fishing

The NYSDEC Port Henry public boat launch is located to the north of the Canal Terminal Pier and the Village Beach and Campground. Originally constructed during the 1960s, a breakwater was added around 1990. The 4.6-acre parcel provides boat access,…

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Powerhouse Park
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Powerhouse Park
Recreation | Distinctive Recreational Attractions

This park was once the site of a powerhouse with a prominent 165-foot smokestack. Power could be cheaply generated in Port Henry with coal delivered via barge. The plant opened in 1907 and closed in 1923. For its demolition, some 100 pounds of…

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Craig Harbor
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Craig Harbor
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

Homer Dodge Martin painted the scene of a mining operation near Port Henry, titled The Iron Mine. In Patricia Mandel’s dissertation on Martin, she identified the mine as Cragg or Craig Harbor, located on the west shore of Lake Champlain…

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Stacy Brook
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Stacy Brook
Natural Areas | Wildlife

The first settlement along this part of the lake, settled around 1770, was located at the first falls of this small brook, called Raymond’s Mills. Edward Raymond operated a saw mill here until the American Revolution. Several other businesses…

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Cole Island
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Cole Island
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

Owned by New York State, this small, wooded island is about one acre in size. The island is a popular destination with visitors to Camp Dudley, a long-running boys' summer camp in Westport, NY. The island is also known as Father Joques Island, as…

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Barber's Point Lighthouse
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Barber's Point Lighthouse
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

The Barber’s Point Lighthouse was one of the last group of lighthouses constructed on the lake in 1873. The blue limestone lighthouse stands as an elegant example of a cottage-style lighthouse of the Second Empire Design. There was a substantial…

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Ballard Park (site of The Westport Inn), Westport
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Ballard Park (site of The Westport Inn), Westport
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

Ballard Park is a public park in the center of Wesport hamlet. The park is on the lake shore and offers magnificent views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont--the very views that inspired world famous artists to paint this…

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Lee Park Trail
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Lee Park Trail
Transportation and Travel Routes | Routes and Trails

The Lee Park and Nature Trail is owned and managed by the Town of Westport and Champlain Area Trails. The park includes the beach and picnic facilities; the trail follows Hoisington Brook. The trail provides a sense of wilderness in the center of…

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Westport State Boat Launch
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Westport State Boat Launch
Recreation | Boat Launches and Fishing

The Westport State Boat Launch features a hard surface ramp for float-off and float-on launching with parking for 35 cars and trailers.  It has designated wheelchair accessible parking spaces, as well as an accessible privy and an accessible path…

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1 Port Henry State Boat Launch
2 Powerhouse Park
3 Craig Harbor
4 Stacy Brook
5 Cole Island
6 Barber's Point Lighthouse
7 Ballard Park (site of The Westport Inn), Westport
8 Lee Park Trail
9 Westport State Boat Launch