Blueway Trail: Port Kent to Willsboro

This route begins in the small community of Port Kent. The trail explores Schuyler Island, a site of boat-building history, and continues south to the historically commercial town of Port Douglas. Port Douglas offers paddlers the opportunity to stop and make use of a sandy beach and swimming area before continuing on to the deep and popular Willsboro Bay. Paddling down the west side of Willsboro Bay, cliffs and clefts tower along your right side.

Launch Sites: Port Kent Ferry Landing; Willsboro Bay NYS Boat Launch

Approximate Paddling Distance: 15 miles (24 kilometers)

Insider Tip by Paddlers Cathy Frank & Margaret Holden: "The undeveloped character of Schuyler Island, with primitive campsites, cobble beaches, and broad lake views, offers a peaceful place to relax or camp. A long spit of pebble beach on the west side of the island is a great spot to swim."

Other Notes: When passing near Schuyler Island, watch the weather closely. Storms can appear suddenly due to a blocked westerly view where most storms come from. This segment is exposed to both north and south winds until Willsboro Bay is reached, which provides southern protection.

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Port Kent Ferry Landing
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Port Kent Ferry Landing
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This ferry shuttle cars and passengers between Port Kent, New York, and Burlington, Vermont, during the summer months.

The ferry, coming from Burlington, once went aground on Ferris Rock about a 1/4-mile offshore in the mid 1970s.…

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

On this island is the burial site of the British soldiers who were reportedly killed in their incursion up the Boquet River in War of 1812. Luther Whitney bought the island in order use the local stone to refurbish the Burlington Breakwater. Later,…

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Corlear Bay
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Corlear Bay
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This bay is named in honor of Arent van Corlear. Born in Holland in 1620, he was known for his kindness and fairness when dealing with Native Americans throughout New France. In 1667 Corlear drowned  when his boat overturned during a storm. He…

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Port Douglas
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

You'd hardly know it now, but Port Douglas was once a busy commercial port with a plank road connecting it to the productive AuSable Valley and  town of Keeseville. The large waterfalls in Keesevile powered a number of productive industries over…

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Port Douglas Beach
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Port Douglas Beach
Recreation | Beaches and Swimming Holes

This sandy beach is open to the public and provides a fun swimming opportunity. It is adjacent to the boat launch.

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Port Douglas NYS Boat Launch
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Port Douglas NYS Boat Launch
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This hard surface ramp boat launch is located on Boat Launch Road in Keesvile, NY. This launch has parking to accommodate approximately 20 cars and trailers.

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Willsboro Bay
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Willsboro Bay
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Willsboro Bay is a deep and peaceful fjord-like bay. The bay’s western shore is undeveloped and is comprised of many sheer cliffs; boaters are able to travel very close to its edge and explore the many waterfalls and rocky crevices.These towering…

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Willsboro Bay State Boat Launch
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Willsboro Bay State Boat Launch
Recreation | Boat Launches and Fishing

The Willsboro Bay State Boat Launch is located on Lake Champlain’s Willsboro Bay about three miles north of the hamlet of Willsboro. 

Managed by the State Department of Environment and Conservation, the launch features a hard surface ramp…

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1 Port Kent Ferry Landing
2 Schuyler Island
3 Corlear Bay
4 Port Douglas
5 Port Douglas Beach
6 Port Douglas NYS Boat Launch
7 Willsboro Bay
8 Willsboro Bay State Boat Launch