Blueway Trail: Crown Point to Monitor Bay

This short segment is ideal for nature and wildlife viewing. The shoreline along this part of the lake often consists of marshes, resulting in a vibrant and diverse population of plants and animals. This is especially true as the trail leads paddlers past Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area. The segment ends at the Town of Crown Point’s Monitor Bay Park and Marina.

Launch Sites: Crown Point Campground Boat Launch; Monitor Bay Park and Marina

Paddling Distance: 7 miles (11.7 kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank and Margaret Holden: "Be sure to look closely at the famous sculpture and relief beneath it on the Crown Point Memorial above the fishing pier, immediately south of the Champlain Bridge."

Other Notes: North and south winds can make paddling challenging, but high waves do not usually build here except in the deep-water crossing. Milfoil can contribute to challenge of paddling. There is limited shore access.

Crown Point Campground
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 Memorial Light House
Crown Point Memorial Light House
Cultural Attractions | Monuments, Statues and Public Art

The original blue limestone lighthouse was built in 1858 of limestone from Clark’s Quarry in Willsboro Point. In 1909, it was converted to a memorial to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Discovery of Lake Champlain. The dedication of the…

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Coffin Point
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

This point is adjacent to the Crown Point State Historic Site. In August of 1775, the 6th Pennsylvania Battalion, along with other American forces, constructed a fort on Coffin Point, only to destroy and abandon it in October. This retreat was a…

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Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area
Natural Areas | Wildlife

Paddlers can access the stream and marsh easily from Lake Champlain. This 113-acre area has a small network of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. This site is rich with wildlife, including a diverse bird population.

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Monitor Bay Marina
Monitor Bay Marina
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Up to 16' lakefront dock space in the Town of Crown Point, located at Monitor Bay Campground.

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Trip Plan Details


In This Trip Plan

1 Crown Point Campground
2 Crown Point Memorial Light House
3 Coffin Point
4 Putts Creek Wildlife Management Area
5 Monitor Bay Marina