Blueway Trail: Chazy River to Point au Roche
This segment follows a shallow shoreline, much of which is marshy. Paddlers will pass historic Chazy Landing, with many equally historic homes. From this trail, paddlers have access to Montys Bay Wildlife Management Area--great for wildlife viewing, hunting, and fishing.
Launch Sites: Great Chazy River NYS Boat Launch; Point au Roche NYS Boat Launch
Approximate Paddling Distance: 12.2 miles (19.6 kilometers)
Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank and Margaret Holden: "The Great Chazy River has flat water up to the town of Champlain and is a nice paddle, even on windy days."
"This trip passes three large marinas, offering a variety of supplies and food. Entering Monty’s Bay, the first along this shore comes into view. Gilbert Brook Marina offers dock slips and moorings. Campsites and a supply store are associated with the marina. Unique to this marina, wave-calming jetties constructed of tires extend out from shore. Mooney Bay Marina sits in a picturesque cove on Point au Roche with a capacity for 240 boats on docks and moorings. A store, restaurant, and other facilities welcome boaters. Just south of the Point au Roche Park, Treadwell Bay Marina and Resort offers full services to boaters at docks and moorings, as well as a restaurant and other resort amenities."
Other Notes: Both strong north and south winds can create waves, although the shore and neighboring Isle la Motte provide some protection. Limited shore access on this segment.