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Blueway Trail: Port Kent to Cumberland Bay

13 Points of Interest

It is recommended that this route be completed south to north. This route begins in the now-quiet-but-once-bustling town of Port Kent and continues north to two different wildlife management areas, both of which offer excellent wetland and wildlife viewing opportunities. This trail also passes the sites of both the Battle of Valcour and the Battle of Plattsburgh, leading paddlers through the same waters and channels that soldiers of various nationalities fought for control over almost 200 years ago. The route ends at the Plattsburgh City Beach, which is adjacent to Cumberland Bay State Park.

Launch Sites: Plattsburgh City Beach; Port Kent Ferry Landing

Approximate Paddling Distance: 16 miles (25.7 kilometers)

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank and Margaret Holden: "Make sure you give yourself time to check out Ausable Marsh, home to an abundance of wildlife, including black duck, great blue heron, osprey, beaver, muskrat, turtles, fish, and frogs. The Ausable Marsh Walking Trail, about 1 mile, is a good way to explore. Because the area is rich in waterfowl, you may want to avoid paddling here during hunting season, as hunting is permitted. Paddling up the lower mouth of the Ausable River and around to the upper mouth is a beautiful protected paddle."

Other Notes: This segment is exposed to strong north and south winds and waves.