Blueway Trail: Ticonderoga and La Chute River

This segment begins by bringing paddlers past the historic Fort Ticonderoga and its impressive grounds. This fort played an important part in the history of Lake Champlain and once held great strategic importance. The trail continues up the La Chute River and ends within a municipal park that includes an interpretive foot path.

Launch Site: Fort Ticonderoga NYS Boat Launch

Take out Site: Bicentennial Park Small Boat Launch

Paddling Distance: 4 miles (6.4 kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank & Margaret Holden: "When approaching Fort Ticonderoga from the Fort Ti launch site, it is easy to miss the fort altogether if one paddles too close to shore. As we paddled around the bend, we suddenly heard fife and drum music, as if starting just for our arrival. Not being able to see where it was coming from, we paddled out farther from shore and saw the fort for the first time, with a row of cannons pointing our way. It was a thrilling moment."

Other Notes: Abundant milfoil along shore, can make paddling challenging.

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Ticonderoga NYS Boat Launch
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Ticonderoga NYS Boat Launch
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This hard surface ramp boat launch is located on Route 74 in Ticonderoga, NY. This launch has parking to accommodate approximately 52 cars and trailers.

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Fort Ticonderoga
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Fort Ticonderoga
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Museums and Attractions

Building began at this strategic site in the fall of 1755 by the French. After four years, Fort Carillon was completed. It was from this French fort that General Montcalm launched his attack on the British Fort William Henry. In 1759, General…

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La Chute River
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La Chute River
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This 3.5-mile-long river empties Lake George into Lake Champlain. It is a fast-moving river, filled with rapids and waterfalls. It also offers excellent nature and wildlife viewing opportunities. Paddlers can explore the wetlands surrounding the river’…

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Bicentennial Falls
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Bicentennial Falls
Natural Areas | Geologic Feature

Bicentennial Falls, also known as the Falls of Carillon, is both a natural beauty and a site of immense history. While this river does connect Lake George and Lake Champlain, its many rapids and falls make it impossible to navigate; these…

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La Chute River Walk and Bicentennial Park
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La Chute River Walk and Bicentennial Park
Transportation and Travel Routes | Routes and Trails

This municipal park stands on a once industrious site. It now offers a playground, picnic area, handicap-accessible fishing platform, and a small boat launch. This park also contains La Chute River Walk, a foot path with various interpretive signs,…

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1 Ticonderoga NYS Boat Launch
2 Fort Ticonderoga
3 La Chute River
4 Bicentennial Falls
5 La Chute River Walk and Bicentennial Park