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Blueway Trail: Rouses Point to the Great Chazy River

9 Points of Interest

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.