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rtk posted 03-20-2010 05:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for rtk   Send Email to rtk  
I have only been to Vermont during the winter and the fall. I have never been there during spring and summer. I haven't been to Vermont in a couple of years and I am going though withdrawls- I absolutely love the place.

My buddy and I have been talking about taking a trip up there during summer to explore Lake Champlain. The plan is to bring his camping trailer and his 16 Boston Whaler up. I'd tow the boat and he would tow the camper. Spend the week camping and fishing/exploring Lake Champlain.

During the summer months how are the bugs (mosquitos, black flies, etc)? Weird question but we both don't like getting chewed on excessively while enjoying the outdoors. Input on typical weather and lake conditions we could expect during July and August would be appreciated also.

Also, does anyone have a recommendation as to a camping spot that is on the lake? Ideally I'd love a spot that we could camp on the lake with a boat ramp on site. A nice campground close to the lake would probably work also. Spartan facilities are fine if they are clean.

Appreciate any help- maybe tie in the trip to a Lake Champlain Rendezvous?

Thanks- Rich

Marlin posted 03-23-2010 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
I lived in Ticonderoga for a couple years, and kept my sailboat at Port Henry. A few years ago I trailered the Whaler back up there for a week, but we stayed in a B&B in Putnam NY and didn't camp.

Black flies can be terrible in the spring, but aren't usually a summer problem. Mosquitoes vary - clouds of them chased us out of Partridge Harbor one night, but the next night across the lake in Converse Bay there were none. Seems to depend heavily on the wind direction.

There are many good ramps on the lake. NY state ramps can be found at Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Crown Point, and Willsboro Bay. I've also used VT state ramps at the Champlain Bridge (might be closed now, since they're demolishing and rebuilding the bridge, and the ramp is, or rather was, literally right beneath it) and Converse Bay. The Converse Bay ramp was pretty small but very usable.

Be aware that the weather on Lake Champlain can change in a heartbeat. One day I was sailing north from Port Henry to Willsboro, and while motoring in a dead calm near Partridge Harbor the Essex ferry was talking about 30 knots and 4-foot waves. A few minutes later all hell broke loose, still under a sunny sky, and we surfed all the way up the narrows with rollers breaking into the cockpit. Of course, last time I was there it was like a millpond every day, so you just never know. The July/August weather tends to be fairly warm with generally good weather, but a constant chance of afternoon thunderstorms that roll up the valley between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains, making conditions rather sporty. Water temps might hit the low 70s, but if it's been churning then expect water in the 60s.

Keep a sharp lookout for Champ! Have a great time. Wish I was going too.

-Bob

rtk posted 04-01-2010 06:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
Thank's for the input Bob- especially about the weather trends. It doesn't sound like the mosquitoe situation is much different than coastal New Jersey during the summer.

My daughter just visited the University of Vermont in Burlington this weekend with her mother. She really liked it. I hope she chooses to go there. It is a place I would like to visit more frequently.

Rich

aubv posted 04-03-2010 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
rtk,

I took the trip by boat (23'Outrage) up the Husdon River into the Champlain Canal and then into Lake Champlain. I was there for a job and rented a transient slip at a marina in Mallets Bay. This area might be a good home base for you, as it is well protected, from what can become a very choppy lake. In addition, it's location would allow you to explore to the north, even into Canada and to the south.

There are a number of state parks both in NY and Vt, that border the Lake, including a number that are on islands.
A check with both state departments of recreation or tourism should allow you get all of the information regarding rules and facilities in short order.

I am looking forward to taking another trip to Lake Champlain by boat in the next year or two.

rtk posted 04-04-2010 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
aubv,

How long did it take to do the trip up the Hudson to Lake Champlain?

That sounds neat too.

Rich

aubv posted 04-04-2010 07:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
rtk,

My trip started on Martha's Vineyard.

Day one MV to Kingston, NY
Day two Kingston to White Hall NY
Day three White Hall NY to Mallets Bay, Vt.

Return trip was the same just in reverse.

I highly recommend the trip up the Hudson by boat.

Brian

RevengeFamily posted 04-05-2010 06:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for RevengeFamily  Send Email to RevengeFamily     
Brian,

How long did it take from Martha's Vineyard to Kingston?

Distance?

Time?

Thanks,

Norm

aubv posted 04-05-2010 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Hi Norm,

MV to Kingston, NY is 285 miles.

My trip included a run up the Thames River, just past EB, to get fuel.
A rendezvous with a fellow CW'er near the Hellgate Bridge and a stop just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge for fuel. This leg was 14 hours with stops, etc.

Brian

RevengeFamily posted 04-06-2010 04:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for RevengeFamily  Send Email to RevengeFamily     
Brian,

Great info...

We are on the Hudson in Stony Point, NY. and have been considering trips to the Vineyard and Lake Champlain for a while. This summer may be the year.

What was the availability for transient slips like on the lake and MV?

Any other info about MV you can share would be appreciated.

Thanks again,

Norm

aubv posted 04-06-2010 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Rtk, Norm and others,

If there is any interest maybe we should plan a rendezvous and talk about these trips in person.

I want to take these trips again and would consider traveling with other boats for all or parts of the journey.

Norm,
Sent you an e- mail

Brian

rtk posted 04-07-2010 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
Brian- I think it would be great to get together as a rendezvous to talk about this. Thank you for offering to share you experience. I sure appreciate you reaching out to me personally to fill me in on the trip.

I can't do this type of trip this year but with some planning this year I may be able to pull it off next year. A group heading up the Hudson to Vermont sounds like a blast.

If the Toms River NJ area is convenient - my marina has an upstairs room I can use and some potential for mooring/docking boats and a good ramp. I'd have to check with the owners obviously but I have no problem asking.

I'm up for a different location and I'm happy to help out putting something together.

Rich


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