Lake Champlain


Rouses Point NY

Less than one mile south of the Canadian border on the shores of scenic Lake Champlain is Rouses Point, New York. With a population of less than 2500, it is a peaceful village with an active waterfront community. It is on the Amtrak Adirondack route between Montreal and New York City which travels in both directions every day. This gives easy access for visitors looking for outdoor recreation. 

Lake Champlain has long been an important corridor from the Saint Lawrence River to the Hudson. Before Europeans settled the area and used the water to transport commerce, Native Americans traveled the same waterways. Today, power boats and sailing ships take visitors along this ancient route. The cruise is a fascinating and relaxing way to spend a day in the beautiful scenery of the lake. 

Boating is one of the main activities, and there are several full service marinas that offer moorings, slips, launching and storage. There are excellent facilities for visitors with their own boats as well as rentals. Families enjoy a day out on the lake. Kayak and boat rentals are available as well as diesel, gasoline and all the things needed to keep boats running smoothly. There are also showers and laundry facilities in some places as well as snacks and drinks. Marinas also offer restaurants and bars and a swimming pool. 

Golf is another activity in Rouses Point. With the beautiful views of the lake, crystal clear air and sunny summers, it’s a great place for a golfing vacation. The championship 18-hole golf course has been open since 1936. There are several water hazards, open fairways and large greens that are fast. The most famous hole is the par five, number 17 with a 495-yard fairway that needs three shots to reach the green. It is a beautiful and easy course to walk with a full service bar and restaurant, driving range, putting green, pro shop and storage facilities. 

The Civic Center of Rouses Point was renovated in 1996, so it is suitable for activities all year round. From the first of October to the end of March there is an ice arena where hockey is played as well as skating shows. It offers food and beverages. The public can also skate throughout the winter when scheduling permits. 

During the summer months there are dances, Fourth of July celebrations, trade shows and circuses. The activities and entertainment are especially family friendly, and it is a wonderful place for children to play in the open air. The center also hosts the Boston-Montreal-Boston annual bicycle race as well as the Biking for Miracles which is also held annually. It has basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields, a playground with activities for children, several tennis courts, and the Samuel de Champlain Center Stage along with an attractive gazebo for get-togethers or family reunions. There is always something fun or interesting happening at the Civic Center, so children never feel bored in Rouses Point.