Blueway Trail: Ticonderoga and La Chute River
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 up the La Chute River and ends within a municipal park that includes an interpretive foot path.
Launch Site: Fort Ticonderoga NYS Boat Launch
Take out Site: Bicentennial Park Small Boat Launch
Paddling Distance: 4 miles (6.4 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: Abundant milfoil along shore, can make paddling challenging.