Certainly not just a guide for paddlers. This is one of the best all-around, multifaceted orientations to the lake I have ever read, and it will be of benefit to any lake student, boater, shoreline explorer, bird watcher, diver, hiker, or anyone with an interest in gaining a better understanding of this wonderful place we call Lake Champlain. Arthur B. Cohn, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
50 different watery paths of adventure divided into eight sections covering the Champlain Islands, the Inland Sea, Missisquoi Bay, Broad Lake North, Malletts Bay, Broad Lake East, Broad Lake West, and South Bay, provide an intimate, cove by cove, island by island exploration of America's other great lake, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's epochal journey of discovery in 1609. The routes are described, paddle stoke by paddle stroke, augmented with maps and photographs and enlivened with essays on early Native Americans, the pivotal naval battles of Plattsburgh and Valcour Island, lighthouses and shipwrecks, the French & Indian wars, the Revolution and the War of 1812, smugglers, the fascinating geology of this fossil-rich one-time arm of the sea, and up-to-date environmental issues like algae blo
om, urban and farm runoff, milfoil, zebra mussels, fish hatcheries and endangered species. The result is a well-rounded overview of a remarkable natural resource. Appendices include information on Lake Champlain environmental organizations, museums & historical places, wildlife areas, state parks, and launch sites. Includes 54 maps, 93 photographs, and 9 original drawings.
What a delightful blend of natural history, lore, conservation and expert trip information about kayaking on Lake Champlain! Written with a paddler's eye view, the book captures the beauty, the mystery, and modern-day conservation challenges of this lovely 6th great lake. After just a few pages, you'll want to head for the lake with your kayak. Katie Dolan, kayaker and Director of The Nature Conservancy in Eastern New York
This book is the perfect companion for any kayaker, beginner or experienced, exploring the scenic beauty, natural history, and biodiversity of Lake Champlain. It is a gift to all who enjoy Lake Champlain's irreplaceable treasures. Chris Boget, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Land Trust
I can't help but feel that Champlain himself would have reviewed this wonderful, informative and well-written new book and smiled at the effort, commitment and results. Arthur B. Cohn, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum