Blueway Trail: Whitehall to South Bay (Chubbs Dock)

It is recommended that this segment be completed south to north. This segment begins in historic Whitehall, the birthplace of the American Navy, and brings paddlers through the waters that became a murky grave for a number of Revolutionary War ships. The trail also explores South Bay, which offers paddlers ample wildlife viewing opportunities.

Launch sites: Whitehall Marina at Lock 12; Chubbs Dock WMA Access

Paddling Distance: 15.2 miles (24.5 kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddler Cathy Frank: "South Bay is turtle world. Big ones, small ones, colorful ones, plain ones--all line up on logs and ledges as if waiting for some grand event. Quite, shallow water protected from wind, and a good layer of mud on the bottom for winter protection, make this ideal turtle habitat."

Other Notes: Water chestnut and milfoil fill many of the bays along this segment and can make paddling along the shore near impossible. Wave driven waves are not an issue, but the waves caused by passing motor boats are significant because boats generally do not slow down for paddlers. While surrounding wetlands absorb the large waves from the power boats, you do need to stay closer to the shore when a boat is passing. In the narrower sections of this passage, where rocks and in some cases walls line the waterway, those waves reverberate off the walls and come back at the paddler for a second round. In those cases, staying too close to the shore is a problem. In other words, be careful and aware of boats.

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Whitehall Marina
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Whitehall Marina
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

New Ownership as of May 2012

Bill Brina, Dagon Enterprises

All new management and staff:

LeAnn Ingalls, CEO & General Manager

Todd Barrie, Marina Manager

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Whitehall
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Whitehall
Waypoint Community | Community

Whitehall, at the intersection of Lake Champlain and the Champlain Canal, commands a historically significant shipping and transportation corridor as well as a place in American history. Whitehall's history is interpreted at the Skenesborough Museum,…

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The Elbow
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The Elbow
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This location is where the lake sharply bends to the west, near the confluence of the Poultney and Mettawee Rivers. This was a well-known challenge for navigators through most of the first century of commercial navigation on the lake.

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War of 1812 Mooring Site
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

Here a group of vessels, both American and captured British, were moored after the Battle of Plattsburgh Bay. This fleet of vessels included five large warships, which were stripped of their equipment and weapons and anchored in a line of empty hulls.…

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South Bay Pier
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South Bay Pier
Recreation | Boat Launches and Fishing

This 300-foot-long, universally-designed fishing pier was built to provide seniors, families, people with disabilities, and others barrier-free access to the pier and fishing opportunities. The pier has a number of benches along with a covered…

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South Bay
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South Bay
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

This large bay is located to the west of Whitehall and has a fixed railroad bridge spanning its entrance. The bay is a popular boating area and offers ideal opportunities for wildlife viewing, including osprey and turtles.

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Chubbs Dock Landing
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

This was once a location of busy lake commerce. There were at least three saw mills on the stream in 1866. Along here are many islands formed of spoils from dredging: One is Maple Bend Island. Seven other of these spoil-formed islands total some…

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1 Whitehall Marina
2 Whitehall
3 The Elbow
4 War of 1812 Mooring Site
5 South Bay Pier
6 South Bay
7 Chubbs Dock Landing
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