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Old 02-24-2011, 10:30 PM
 
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Having spent a large part of my childhood in Burlington, I've been looking around Facebook at various people's pictures of Burlington and Lake Champlain. The lake is such a beautiful treasure! I'm feeling nostalgic and would enjoy anyone's observations, memories, pictures, etc. about the lake.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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We go to the state parks along the lake all summer long. Button Bay, Kingsland Bay, Grand Isle and Sand Bar are my favorites.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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Wow, I just looked at the state parks website and saw their cottages, those look really nice for a family trip. I'd like to stay at one of those sometime in the future.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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The ones at Grand isle? Yup..they look nice. We've only tent camped there. There are up on a ledge overlooking the lake. Beautiful!
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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Back in the 1950s /60s an aunt and uncle had homes in Queen City Park with direct access to the lake down long steps of stairs. My uncle had a killer wooden speedboat that was faster than anything else on the water. We didn't get to ride in it too often, but sometimes he used it to pull waterskiers.

Later, I lived a block from the lake for a few years, down near Blodgett, and got to see the lake in the various moods. When it was frozen over, it got COLD and windy like the rest of the state in winter. On rare days, the lake could be like glass, with not a ripple on it.

I've been the length of it a few times. Shelburne Bay is pretty and can have some great sunsets, and back before the seaweed took over, I liked the area near the Rutland Railroad causeway, in hopes of seeing a train.

The main lake can have some brutal chop for small boats and it isn't uncommon for boaters to misjudge and get into trouble. I remember being very thankful for the breakwater or being able to slip into Mallets Bay behind one of the islands.

If you get in the area, pick a nice day and take the Ferry ride to and from Burlington, especially near sunset when the mountains are bathed in warm light. Spend some time at Ausable Chasms on the new york side to make the trip have a "destination."

One of the things that used to bug me about the lake was the lack of open public access except for a very few spots. The state could do a better job of that, IMO.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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We lived in the Shore Road neighborhood in Burlington and so had access to Crescent Beach. Used to go there every day in summer! I was surprised to learn that other neighborhoods didn't have similar beach access. Friends from school went to Leddy Park but unless they lived nearby it wasn't as easy as for us.

A couple of summers ago I was in Burlington overnight and took one of the scenic tour ferries during the morning. It was gorgeous! Would love to take one of the sunset dinner cruises on a future trip.

We did occasionally take the car ferry over to New York which was fun. One of my friends took us on a ferry across the lake and back as her 11th birthday party and we all thought that was the coolest idea.

One of my empty-nester plans for several years down the road is a week-long solo trip around Vermont so I'm already gathering ideas of places and activities to include. A lot of which will involve enjoying the beautiful lake!
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:49 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Reviving an old thread. I'm moving to St. Albans in March and a big part of my decision to get to this area is the lake. I'm drawn to places with nice views and awesome sunsets. I grew up in New England and I think Lake Champlain is an exceptional place for the best views and sunsets in the region. The deep woods of NH and Maine would make me feel confined. There are pastoral parts of Vermont and places on the lake where the landscape and sky opens up the horizon and I feel right at home.

I've had the good fortune of biking the rail trail though Burlington and Colchester, camping in the islands, swimming and camping at North Beach in Burlington, and chugging ferries across to NY State. I love this area and I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter in Vermont.

I'm reading up on Lake Champlain and when you google search it enough you get feeds on pollution in the lake. Levels of phosphorus pollution, farm and flood run off, blue algae growth, invasive species. And I do realize this is nothing new. I guess my question would be do different parts of the lake have significantly higher water quality than others? I've read that there are concentrations of poor water quality in areas like St. Albans Bay and where the Missisquoi River flows into the lake. So I wonder if and where the water quality is consistent for swimming, perhaps Burlington since that's where the lake opens up more. I've been swimming around the Lake Champlain Islands, usually North Hero, but this was at least 20 years ago.

Just wondering how the water quality has been in recent summers and also if anyone else can chime in on what their experience with the Lake has been.

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Old 01-27-2019, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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Pollution has improved in Lake Champlain with more awareness so it's definitely going in the right direction; phosphorus levels have been declining. The main lake itself has pretty decent water quality; it is the smaller Missisquoi Bay and Northeast Arm sections which unfortunately still have pretty regular algal blooms in warm weather. Mallett's Bay and South Lake also are a bit compromised at times in terms of water quality but there is work going on to improve water quality and reduce storm water runoff/agricultural runoff.

The Vermont DEP likely has something equivalent to NYS that tracks the water quality at various points/beaches. I would take a look at some of the trends in various areas over the years and this should give you a good idea of where you might want to focus your attention. As much as I love them, there are definitely some places in the Finger Lakes and in Lake Erie/Lake Ontario I would not be keen on swimming in based on their water quality history
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Old 01-28-2019, 05:16 PM
 
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We used to sail on the southern end of the Lake. The boat was housed at Chipman's Point in Orwell. We usually just sailed up to Fort Ty and anchor off Mount Independence. We are trying to sell her. Anyone want to buy a 25 foot O'Day sailboat? She is in great condition and comes with loaded.

Before this boat, we had a smaller one (21 foot). One time we did sail up to Shelburne Bay when we noticed that the keel cable snapped at the Crown Point Bridge. So, the 600 pound keel was just swinging along under the boat. As soon as we pulled into the Bay, we noticed the boat was taking on water. We got to Shelburne Shipyard about 10 minutes AFTER they closed. We tied up at their transient dock. That night was terrible. The wind was kicking and the boat was pitching and bucking. We took turns bailing. Finally about 3 in the morning, that keel just banged once too many times into the hull and we realized it was a lost cause. Fired up the engine and beached her. We sat at the door of the Shipyard until they opened about 6 in the morning. This was when Hubby & I were dating and I said to him, "You certainly know how to show a girl a good time."

It was repaired but the boat FINALLY got her name-The Molly Brown because she sank-TWICE. (The first time was before my time.) She was sold a long time ago.


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Old 01-29-2019, 11:36 AM
 
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We used to sail on the southern end of the Lake. The boat was housed at Chipman's Point in Orwell.

Back in the day, I took a sailing course at UVM as a phys ed elective. There was a small fleet of off-brand 20-ish foot keelboat day sailers in Charlotte. Pretty view but not much wind compared to what I'm used to.


I drove on the lake at Burlington a few times in the late-1970s.
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