Lake Champlain Ride Preview
This 206 mile ride begins by
following beautiful Essex CR 21 (River Road), pretty NY Route 86, and
twisty Haselton Road along
the West Branch Ausable River to Au Sable Forks. Turn left on
Route 1 and follow it past Silver Lake and then along the
Saranac River to Route 3. Continue north on Route 1 to Route 374
in Lyon Mountain. Turn right on Route 374 and enjoy great views
of Chazy Lake on the way to Dannemora.
Continue east on various backroads
to Point Au Roche State Park on Lake Champlain. Follow CR-22
(Lake Shore Road), Route 9B and Route 11
north to the town of Rouse's Point. If you would like to picnic
at Ste. Anne's Shrine, pick up a picnic lunch at
Lakeside Coffee while passing through. Continue north
along Lake Champlain on scenic Montgomery Street. Turn right on
Route 2 and begin crossing the Rouse's Point Bridge to Vermont.
While crossing, look to your left to see
Fort Montgomery, the Richelieu River, and the
Invasion Route that General Burgoyne used on the way
to the Battle of Saratoga.
Once in Vermont, stay on Route 2
south and then West Shore Road
for some of the best views of the day.
Next, take the bridge over Squire's Bay and enjoy my favorite stretch
of Route 129 as it winds its way along La Motte Passage and crosses
Isle La Motte. What a great stretch of road! Stop at St.
Anne's Shrine and
the Champlain Statue for a
picnic lunch. This is a beautiful spot. There are restrooms and a
Sainte Anne's Shrine
Champlain Statue - Ste Anne's Shrine
Continue south on West Shore Road and enjoy the views of Lake
Champlain and the Adirondacks of New York. The lower third of the
Isle La Motte contains the Chazy
some of the world's oldest fossils. The road turns to hard pack dirt
near the south end of the island, but it is easy riding and only lasts
for a short time.
Turn north on Route 129 and ride north back to the curves along La
Proceed west on Route 129 to North Hero Island and turn south on
Lakeview Drive for a great view of King Bay.
Continue south on Route 2 to
General Store. The store has great sandwiches that you can
take across the street to the great scenic picnic area:
Ride south and admire the BONE View at The Gut and then turn right on
Griswold Road/Moccasin Ave and take it to the water. Turn left on West
Shore Road and enjoy the views of the lake and Cumberland Head across
Grand Isle to Plattsburgh
Ferry and look out over Cumberland Bay and
try to picture the epic naval battle that took place here during the
War of 1812: http://www.historiclakes.org/Plattsburg/plattsburgh_battle5.htm
Once in New York, ride along
Cumberland Head Road and admire the views across Cumberland Bay
toward Plattsburgh. This Bay is where the American ships awaited
the British fleet during the original 9-11 in 1814.
Ride south along the Lake past the
Macdonough Monument. Continue south through the
U.S. Oval to the War
of 1812 Museum.
This is a great small museum that will help you really
appreciate the Region and the history.
lunch at famous
Clare and Carl's for
Michigan Hot Dog. A Michigan is very popular in the
Continue south for a great view of Valcour Island.
Benedict Arnold fought the naval
Battle of Valcour Island
here is October of 1776. He succeeded in delaying the British
enough that they retreated to Winter Quarters after the battle.
The Americans used the time to better prepare and subsequently
defeated the British at Saratoga in 1777.
Leave Plattsburgh and take backroads to Ausable Forks. Turn left on scenic Bonneview Road and follow it
and Route 86 back to Lake Placid.