Lake Champlain Birding Trail
About the Trail:
This trail is a highway-based trail (approximately 300 miles) which
unifies and connects 87 birding sites along the Lake Champlain shoreline
and uplands in Vermont and New York into a cohesive and marketable
A high quality full color map and guide identifies birding sites
throughout the Lake Champlain Basin and provides information about
the sites and tips for better birding. Uniform way-finding signs
are installed to identify each site as part of the birding trail.
Interpretive signs will also be placed at sites to help reveal to
visitors various natural and cultural history themes and messages.
Other enhancements being constructed at some sites include boardwalks,
viewing blinds, and platforms.
Goal of the Trail:
To make Lake Champlain and surrounding communities in New York and
Vermont a premier national destination for birding, increasing nature
tourism in the Lake Champlain Region, and conveying the value of
conservation and recreation to community leaders and landowners.
Whereby, attracting visitors who will spend money on birding and
travel needs and tools.
Who is coordinating the Lake Champlain Birding
George D. Aiken RC&D Council, Inc, a non-profit formed a project
steering committee made up of representatives from various state
agencies, visitors bureaus, business owners, and other interested
people. The Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau is administering
The National Parks Service-Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance
program and Lake Champlain Byways program have been consulted for
advice in the planning, and development of the Trail. Project coordination
is by Ghostwriters Communications.
What bird species can be found along the Lake
Champlain Birding Trail?
Many different bird species can be found throughout the Champlain
Valley. During spring and fall migrations look for migrating waterfowl
such as; Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers,
Snow and Canada Geese and Northern Pintail. Some birds that summer
in the far north call the Champlain Valley their winter home. Look
for; Bohemian Waxwings, Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls, Snowy Owls
and Rough-legged Hawks.
The Lake Champlain Birding Trail
PO Box 196 Poultney, Vermont 05764
(802) 287-4284 Phone (802) 287-4285 Fax