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La Chute River

By Water
Kayaking near the mouth of La Chute River, with Fort Ticonderoga in the distance. – Courtesy of Cathy Frank


This 3.5-mile-long river empties Lake George into Lake Champlain. It is a fast-moving river, filled with rapids and waterfalls. It also offers excellent nature and wildlife viewing opportunities. Paddlers can explore the wetlands surrounding the river’s mouth, or venture up the river into the heart of “the place between the waters," as it was known to Native Americans when Samuel de Champlain first explored this area.

Insider Tip from Paddlers Cathy Frank and Margaret Holden: "There is a shortcut through the reeds and tall grasses of the long north-south oriented channel to the opening of the La Chute into Lake Champlain. It is obvious from the river side. It can be easily missed from the lake side, unless you are paddling right along the shore. It is about a ¼ of the way down from the Fort Ticonderoga shore."