Blueway Trail: Rouses Point to the Great Chazy River

This route starts in the quaint town of Rouses Point and continues down and around the historic and strategic Point au Fer. From here, paddlers have an uninterrupted view down the lake for miles, following a marshy shore. Continuing into Kings Bay, paddlers have the opportunity to observe the abundant wildlife within and around this wildlife management area. The route ends a few hundred feet upstream from the mouth of the Great Chazy River.

Watch this video about the geography of this historic waterway: http://www.lakestolocks.org/content/entry/ltlEF893D4143840DEC2

Learn about the boozy past of Rouses Point with this video: http://www.lakestolocks.org/preview?uid=ltlA1B25268274766E88

Launch Sites: Rouses Point Boat Launch; Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch

Approximate Paddling Distance: 10 miles (16 kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank & Margaret Holden: "The Great Chazy River is a lazy river and rapid-free for the first six miles upstream, inviting exploration. It is also stocked regularly with brown trout."
"From Rouses Point, home of the busiest ports on Lake Champlain until advent of the railroad, to Point au Fer, which the British held after the Revolution, is yet another historic section of Lake Champlain."


Other Notes: Southern wind can build waves, especially around Point au Fer. This route follows mostly shallow waters.

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Rouses Point Municipal Boat Launch
Recreation | Boat Launches and Fishing

The Village of Rouses Point operates a municipal boat launch on Montgomery Street, north of the Sportsman’s Pier.

 Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank and Margaret Holden: "From Rouses Point, home of the busiest ports on Lake Champlain…

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Fort Montgomery
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Fort Montgomery
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

From the launch site, this fort is visible under the bridge to the north. Fort Montgomery is a historic landing and structure. Building began in 1816 in an American effort to protect the northern end of Lake Champlain, although the present fort…

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Stony Point Breakwater
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Stony Point Breakwater
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

The Stony Point Breakwater is 2,000 feet long. It was completed after years of budget problems in 1893, at a cost of $98,500. The breakwater was constructed to protect Rouses Point harbor from southern winds and storms.

In 1836, this point…

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Point Au Fer
Natural Areas | Geologic Feature

The name of Point Au Fer means point of fire. The name originates from the Native American’s use of the site as a lookout spot, where they would often use signal fires. However, the British also used the site for signal towers to alert…

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Point Au Fer Blockhouse Site
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

William Gilliland of Willsboro was the first to build a fortified house here to protect his land interests in the area. It is thought that the British actually built the fort at Gilliland’s request for protection and that there was no evidence he…

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Kings Bay
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

Kings Bay is named after Joseph King, who settled here in 1802 and kept a store. A wharf was built by C.K. Averill in the bay and a limestone quarry was opened in 1842 until it closed in 1850. The limestone went to Fort Montgomery, Plattsburgh Breakwater,…

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Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area
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Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area
Natural Areas | Wildlife

This area occupies 421 acres on the western shore of Lake Champlain. It is open to the public year-round for hunting, fishing, hiking, and trapping. The land was acquired in the 1960s to provide waterfowl with habitat. The Kings Bay Wildlife…

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Great Chazy River
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Great Chazy River
Transportation and Travel Routes | By Water

The Great Chazy River is a major river that opens into Kings Bay and rises in Franklin County, flowing through the villages of Perry’s Mills, Champlain, and Coopersville.  At one time, it had as many as 27 sawmills on its banks. After 1893, there…

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Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch
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Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch
Recreation | Boat Launches and Fishing

This hard surface ramp boat launch is located off Route 9B, 1/4 mile south of Coopersville at the mouth of the river. The launch has parking to accommodate approximately 66 cars and trailers.

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1 Rouses Point Municipal Boat Launch
2 Fort Montgomery
3 Stony Point Breakwater
4 Point Au Fer
5 Point Au Fer Blockhouse Site
6 Kings Bay
7 Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area
8 Great Chazy River
9 Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch