Lake Champlain Life: Welcome

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Welcome to Lake Champlain Life. Here we explore and celebrate life in the Lake Champlain Valley of northern Vermont and New York and southern Quebec. Bordered by two American states and one Canadian province, Lake Champlain is varied culturally and politically. As if its natural beauty isn’t enough, Lake Champlain is historically significant; its waters have seen different groups of people vying for control of the Lake and the water “highway” it provided between the Hudson and St. Lawrence River Valleys.

The Lake Champlain Basin has a rich geologic  history. The physical geography (physiography) created by the last Ice Age and the effects of glaciers over a mile thick and their eventual receding have created a unique and varied environment for the people, wildlife and plants that are lucky enough to inhabit the region.

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Although this environment is threatened by climate change, pollution, development and invasive species of plants and animals. we believe that we all have an obligation to protect it for ourselves and for future generations. In addition to exploring Lake Champlain, we’ll examine ways that we can protect and preserve this treasure.

Lake Champlain is home to a number of wildlife and plant species that are found only in the Champlain Basin, and others that might seem to be out-of-place. We enjoy learning about the many other residents with which we share Lake Champlain.  Knowledge and prevention are crucial to stop the invasive species that threaten to displace these native species.

Human history along Lake Champlain is rich and varied due to its key location. From pre-colonial civilizations, through the military history of the French and Indian, Revolutionary War and The War of 1812 and through the commercial and recreational eras, Lake Champlain has been appreciated, used and fought over by many different people for a variety of reasons. We believe that a better understanding of where we came from will help us to create a better future for ourselves and Lake Champlain.

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Sunset over Lake Champlain

Sunset over Lake Champlain

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Anglers, Hunters & Boaters Reminded of Cold Water Safety by VT Fish & Wildlife

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Lake Champlain Life Calendar

Lake Champlain Life Calendar

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EPA Head in VT to Discuss Lake Champlain Clean-up Plans

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Ed Weed Fish Culture Station Improvement to Improve Health of Lake Champlain Salmon

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Lake Champlain Updates:   is an updated listing of news and events from around Lake Champlain. If you know of something that we missed, please let us know and we’ll try our best to list it.

Current Lake Conditions:  contains links to various sites reporting on weather conditions and forecast, water temperature, water  levels and other conditions from around Lake Champlain.

About Us:  tells a bit about who we are and what we’re trying to accomplish here. You can also find our Disclosure and Privacy Policies, as well as, how to contact us here.

Calendar: features events and activities around the Lake Champlain Valley. Contact us if you’d like your event listed on the Lake Champlain Life Calendar.

    

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