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ledfoot posted 06-25-2002 12:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for ledfoot   Send Email to ledfoot  
My wife and I are taking our 21' Walkaround to Vermont, New Hampshire, and then back thru New York to the finger lakes region over 4th of July week.

I am looking for local knowledge, suggestions, and must see places for:

southern Vermont lakes

Lake Winnepesaki(sp?) and Portsmouth, New Hampshire

finger lakes in New York

and any other ideas for these areas

Also, anyone want to meet up during that week? We'll be in VT the 29th-1st; then NH and back thru NY the 3rd-6th...

Thanks in advance


JFM posted 06-25-2002 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Sic em Z!
tabasco posted 06-25-2002 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Lake Champlain
aubv posted 06-25-2002 05:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

Have spent a number of vacations on Lake Skaneateles NY. Located just south and west of Syracuse on Routes 41& 20. To say it is a beautiful lake is an understatement. It's about 15 miles long, 2 miles wide and over 400 ft deep. We have never seen it crowded but it is cold in early July. There is a very nice state launch ramp on the west side 4-5 miles south of town on 41A and a dock in town to tie up and get lunch, diner, groceries, etc. We used to rent a house on the east side and once we arrived never used the car for a week.
In town there are two very good places to eat Dougs-has great fish sandwiches and hot dogs. Krebs-has some of the best soup(mulligatawny) I have ever had and they have a lobster newburgh that is fabulous. We have only been up stairs at Krebs as we have heard downstairs is a lot of food.
Great lake for water skiing with a wet suit.

gf posted 06-25-2002 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for gf  Send Email to gf     

I live in the Newburyport, MA area and travel these areas frequently (although not always by boat!).

Portsmouth, NH is at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, known for the swiftest current of any river on the East Coast. It is definitely not a place for the novice boater. There is a ramp just north at Hilton State Park on Route 16 in Dover and just south at Rye Harbor State Park in Rye on Route 1A.

General Winnipesaukee info:

Boat ramps on Lake Winnipesaukee:

I have used Ames Farm in Gilford:

Lake Champlain in Vermont and New York is an obvious destination, but I actually prefer Lake Bomoseen in Vermont ( and Lake George ( in New York.

Good luck, I hope you have a sturdy and reliable tow vehicle.

ChocLabWhaler posted 06-25-2002 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChocLabWhaler  Send Email to ChocLabWhaler     
You could spend a week on Lake Champlain, alone. Many different harbors, almost like the coast. Different atmospheres depending on NY or VT side. Great fishing. To see as much of VT and NY, get DeLorme maps and have fun.
DCPeters posted 06-25-2002 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for DCPeters  Send Email to DCPeters     
will you fish or ski or sight see?

You could save five hundred miles of driving by staying in the Syracuse area...Skaneateless, Finger lakes, Oneida and Ontario...not to mention the Thousand Island region only 80 miles north.

Lake Oneida is well known for large Muskie, Ontario is nearby for bigger water and bass and Salmon fishing.

Folks were swimming and skiing at Henderson Harbor last weekend, so the water isn't so chilly.

ledfoot posted 06-26-2002 08:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
Thanks for the info, everyone

aubv - sounds great, I read about lake Skaneateles and was planning to at least drive by, great info!

gf - wasn't planning on putting in in Portsmouth, just looking around and smelling the salt air (don't get much of that in Michigan); we may check out Lakes Bomoseen and George, and thanks for the NH info

DCPeters - mostly just sight seeing, eating, drinking, staying on the boat. We may very well concentrate on western NY lakes, but I'm visiting my parents in southern Vermont first.


tbirdsey posted 06-27-2002 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
ledfoot - We will be at Lake Winnepasaukee from the 3rd thru the 7th. Would love to meet up with you. We spend a lot of time on the lake each summer and know it pretty well. You will need a chart; bottom is all rock and unpredictable. We stay in the northeastern part of the lake and there are lots of places to put in (look for Wolfboro on the map; we are not far from there). If you are still planning on hitting Portsmouth and Lake W., give me a call - 518 475 0690. Tom
ledfoot posted 06-28-2002 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
Thanks, Tom

We will definitely give you a call if we are in the area. My cell # is 248 761 9643


tbirdsey posted 06-28-2002 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Here's a few other numbers you will have better luck with. The one I gave you is my home number. cell is 518 424 4003; cabin at the lake is 603 544 3154

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