Lake Champlain is the 6th largest fresh water lake in the U.S. It connects in the south via the Champlain Canal to the Hudson River, Albany and New York City. The lake flows north through the Chambly Canal to the Richeleau River in Quebec, then via the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic, connecting to Montreal and the Great Lakes.
Lake Champlain is roughly 120 miles long; 12 miles across at the widest; 435 square miles; with 587 miles of shoreline. The average surface height is 95 feet above sea level. Chart depths are set at a low lake level of 93 ft. Just north of Westport at Split Rock, the lake is about 400 ft deep (307 below sea level), one of deepest spots in North America.
Lake Champlain has over 90 species of fish and is considered one of the best bass fishing lakes in the Northeast, recently ranked as the sixth best lake in the region by Bassmaster Magazine.
Willsboro offers a fabulous par 35, 9 hole golf course open to the public. If fishing or boating is more to your liking, Willsboro has a NYS Boat Launch with a paved parking lot, restrooms, and a pump-out station. Willsboro Bay is classified as a safe harbor on Lake Champlain Navigational Maps. The two full service marinas on Willsboro Bay also offer seasonal lakefront dining. In the winter, the state boat launch offers access to some of the best ice fishing in the north county. Willsboro boasts several professional hunting and fishing guides on both Lake Champlain and Long Pond. A must see is the fish-way/ladder at the falls of the Boquet River. A viewing window affords the occasional spotting of migrating Salmon.
Noblewood Park, at the confluence of the Lake Champlain and the mouth of the Boquet River, offers a unique unspoiled natural experience. Noblewood Beach, part of the park, is a prime sandy beach that encompasses over a mile of shoreline on both the River and the Lake. The Willsboro Town Beach is operated daily from July 1 until Labor Day with life guards and park rangers on duty. Nature trails abound for bird watching or just a leisurely walk in the woods. Noblewood Park is accessible by auto or boat. The Park is also available throughout the winter months for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.