The lake may even have its own monster called of course Champ. Samual Champlain himself supposedly saw it when he visited the lake – so perhaps you will see it too!
The starting off point for most activities is Burlington which is about half way up the east shore of the lake. It is Vermont’s largest city, but with a mere 40,000 people, it still feels like a small town. Some people have called it the perfect small city. When you are exploring don’t miss Church Street, the pedestrian area in the center of town which is a delightful place to stroll.
In 2009, Vermont will mark the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s first visit to the region and the exploration of the lake that now bears his name. The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial will be a year-long celebration of Lake Champlain, the region’s rich cultural heritage, and Lake Champlain’s critical importance as a natural and recreational resource.
To get to Burlington from the Mad River Valley head north up Route 100 and keep on 100 at the 100/100B intersection 5 miles north of Waitsfield. Join Highway 2 west and go through Waterbury (being careful to observe the 25 mph speed limit) then turn north again on Route 100 following the signs to I-89 west to Burlington. Go about 25 miles to exit 14W towards Burlington on US 2 which becomes Main Street and takes you right to the center of town and the lake shore. Driving time is about 50 minutes.