Blueway Trail: Ticonderoga to Chubbs Dock

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 south into the narrowest point in the lake, an area that is surrounded by wetlands and wildlife.

Launch Sites: Ticonderoga Ferry NYS Boat Launch; Chubbs Dock WMA Access

Paddling Distance: 18 miles (29 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: High winds can create chop along this segment, although it is protected from waves. Very limited shore access.

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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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Six Mile Point
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

This point is surrounded to the west by an extensive marsh and is believed to be the location where a black man working aboard a ship on Lake Champlain was left ashore after he became stricken with smallpox.

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Mill Bay
Natural Areas | Wildlife

This marshy bay is perfect for viewing wildlife such as waterfowl, blue herons, and beavers. This bay is separated from the lake by the Delaware and Hudson rail road, resulting in a sense seclusion that accompanies these wetlands. This bay is…

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Pulpit Point
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Pulpit Point
Heritage Areas and Sites | Historic Districts and Sites

This site has witnessed numerous military campaigns, both as a stopping point and even as an actual battle ground. In 1756, this was the location of a confrontation between forces led by Captain Robert Rogers, who would later go on to become a…

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The Narrows at Dresden
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The Narrows at Dresden
Natural Areas | Geologic Feature

The Narrows of Dresden is a unique point where cliffs jut out into the lake from both the New York and the Vermont sides, forming possibly the narrowest part of the whole lake. It is an important wildlife corridor.

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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 Ticonderoga NYS Boat Launch
2 Fort Ticonderoga
3 La Chute River
4 Six Mile Point
5 Mill Bay
6 Pulpit Point
7 The Narrows at Dresden
8 Chubbs Dock Landing