Diamond Island – Lake Champlain Islands

Diamond Island

Diamond Island - Lake Champlain Islands

Diamond Island is a very small island located in the middle of Lake Champlain between Split Rock in New York and Grosse Pointe in Ferrisburgh, It is just north of Fort Cassin Point in Vergennes , VT.
Diamond Island Meteorological Station
The Vermont Monitoring Cooperative maintains one of its three Lake Champlain meteorological stations on Diamond Island.
Diamond Island - meteorological stations


There are two shipwrecks found in the vicinity of Diamond Island:
  • The Stone Boat lies in 12 to 23 feet of water immediately off the southeast side of Diamond Island (44° 14.10N 73° 20.04W). It is about 93′ x 14′ and was a canal boat used to carry quarried stone.    Read history
Diamond Island wreck- Lake Champlain Islands
  • The  Water Witch is located about 1000′ south of Diamond Island (44 13.93′ , 73 20.13′) at a depth of 90′. She was an 83′ x 18′ steamboat that had been converted to sail. Built in 1832, she sank on April 26 1866 while carrying iron ore. Read history
  • This is a sensitive dive site; registration is requested please!
  • Currents may be very strong at both of these sites!
Diamond Island Regatta 
Diamond Island regatta
The Royal Savage Yacht Club’s headline sailing event each season is the Diamond Island Regatta. It is a one race event held in the waters of Lake Champlain near the Point Bay Marina.
Sailed in August, the Diamond Island Regatta is part of the Lake Champlain Championship Series (LCCS) and counts towards both the Cannon Series and the Champlain Series. Boats from all over Lake Champlain compete in the regatta.

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Vermont Spring Bass Fishing Featured on World Fishing Network

Vermont Spring Bass Fishing Featured on World Fishing Network

“Outdoor Passion” Show Highlights Vermont Fishing, Public Access & Fish Culture Efforts
Vermont Spring Bass Fishing Featured on World Fishing Network

Vermont Spring Bass Fishing


Well-known among local and regional anglers for years, Vermont’s spring catch and release bass fishing opportunities will soon get a boost in national and international attention as they will be the focus of the Canadian-based television show, “Outdoor Passion”, scheduled to air on the renowned World Fishing Network (WFN) in mid-April.
Outdoor Passion’s show highlighting Vermont fishing will air on WFN on Sunday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, April 17 at 5:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 a.m., and on Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.

The show, led by host Ray Carignan and Vermont fisheries biologist Shawn Good, will feature incredible springtime catch and release bass fishing action on Lake Champlain, a visit to the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle to see the operations of a Vermont fish hatchery, and will also highlight the state’s unique fishing access area program that offers anglers 186 free public boat ramps across Vermont.


“Do you know the best-kept secret of the northeast,” the Outdoor Passion narrator asks. “If you love smallmouth and largemouth then you should learn of a place that offers world-class bass fishing during the month of May.

It’s not unusual to have 50 or 60 fish days here, with many in the 4-pound range. Doubling up on trophy catches is also not uncommon on this lake. Quite often big pike, walleye or even a salmon or the odd laker will want to join in the fun on this part of Champlain. Very few lakes anywhere on the planet offer such fishing.”

The show goes on to profile Vermont’s free fishing access areas.


“Vermont realizes the economic value which anglers contribute to the local economy,” says the narrator. “They go out of their way to make visitors welcome. We love coming here to enjoy all these facilities and the incredible fishing.”

Vermont Spring Bass Fishing Featured on World Fishing Network“Vermont’s bass fishing, especially Lake Champlain, has been the focus of media attention and garnered accolades for several decades now,” said Shawn Good, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “And, while there’s truly never a bad time to fish for bass in Vermont, the catch and release season during April, May and early June can be absolutely amazing, maybe the best fishing of the entire year.”


Vermont’s catch and release bass season runs through June 10, when the state’s traditional bass season begins. During the traditional bass season, from June 10 through November 30, anglers may keep bass based on daily limits applicable to the waters they are fishing.


Vermont Spring Bass Fishing Featured on World Fishing Network“We’re thrilled that the Outdoor Passion folks were able to come experience just how good Vermont bass fishing can be during the springtime, and even more excited that they’ll soon be sharing their time on the water with anglers across the United States and around the world,” said Good. “Whether you’re already an avid Vermont bass angler, or someone looking to come fishing here for the first time, you’ll want to keep an eye out for this action-packed show.”


To learn more about fishing in Vermont or to purchase a fishing license, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com. To learn more about Outdoor Passion, visit http://www.outdoorpassion.tv/.


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Fishing Clinic – Introduction to Bass Fishing

Introduction to Bass Fishing Clinic

Introduction to Bass Fishing ClinicDate and Time:
Saturday, April 29;  9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Location: Halfmoon State Park, Hubbardton, Vermont

Description: Introduction to Bass Fishing Clinic

Learn something new at this free fishing clinic. It’s  open to people of all ages and levels of experience, including those completely new to fishing.

This hands-on clinic, reviews the basics of fishing as it focuses on how to target bass with artificial lures. This clinic is the perfect starting spot for the angler looking to get started using artificial lures but is not sure which ones to use.

Registration is required and can be completed by emailing letsgofishing@vermont.gov or calling 802-265-2279. The course will be taught by a certified Let’s Go Fishing Instructor.

Source: Fishing Clinics and Events – Vermont Fish and Wildlife


8th Annual Vermont Restaurant Week

8th Annual Vermont Restaurant Week

April 21-30, 2017

For 10 days 117 restaurants from all around the Green Mountain State will offer special fixed-price dinners. There are three set price points — $20, $30 or $40 per person. Some locations will offer lunch and breakfast specials  well. The diversity in cuisine and participating restaurants makes it easy for all diners to find something to whet their appetite. A full menu guide is found at vermontrestaurantweek.com.

Vermont Restaurant Week is also a benefit for the Vermont Foodbank. In 2016, the event, along with a matching grant from the Vermont Community Foundation and City Market’s Rally for Change program, raised $20,000, providing 60,000 meals for needy Vermonters.

This year’s events include:

  • Aperitivo: social hour for Vermont foodies featuring light bites, spirited cocktails and the makers of Switchback Brewing, WhistlePig Whiskey and Vermont Creamery. Thursday, April 20, 5:30-7 p.m., Maglianero, Burlington, $7.
  • 8th Annual Vermont Restaurant WeekFeeding Frenzy: A statewide Instagram scavenger hunt. Winners receive tickets to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival and the Seven Daysies Awards Party. April 21-30.
  • Culinary Trivia Night: Food in the Age of Advertising: Feed your brain with seven rounds of foodie trivia and wash it down with a pint of nostalgia. Each round represents a decade — 1950s until now. This popular event is emceed by Top Hat Entertainment. Monday, April 24, 6-9 p.m., Nectar’s, Burlington, free.
  • 8th Annual Vermont Restaurant WeekThe Dish: Going With the Grain: Join a panel of local experts for a lively and grain-ular discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of restoring grain production to the Northeast. Vermont grain farmers chat with bakers, distillers and brewers about what’s possible, practical and sustainable for the land and its people. Wednesday, April 26, 5:30-7 p.m., ArtsRiot, Burlington, $5 suggested donation.
  • 8th Annual Vermont Restaurant WeekBottomless Brunch Bash: Celebrate Sunday Fun-day at the Bottomless Brunch Bash! This curated tasting event brings your favorite chefs under one roof to serve up bite-size classics and inventive new creations. Come sip on mimosas, sample tasty treats and help us wrap up Vermont Restaurant Week with a bang! Sunday, April 30, 9-11 a.m. & noon-2 p.m., Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, Essex, $45 and $35.

For more information about events, participating restaurants and how you can give to the Vermont Foodbank visit vermontrestaurantweek.com.

Vermont Restaurant Week is presented by Vermont Federal Credit Union and sponsored by Vermont Creamery, Switchback Brewing Co, WhistlePig Whiskey, City Market/Onion River Co-op and Swish White River. Additional support is provided by Vermont Tourism, WNSC the Point and JumpOnIt!


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Ethan Allen Homestead Museum

Ethan Allen Homestead

Ethan Allen’s Burlington Home 1787-1789

Ethan Allen Homestead

Ethan Allen Homestead

In Burlington Vermont’s’s Intervale, on a small rise above the Winooski River – safe from the reach of flood waters – is a small “Cape Cod” style house. Although modern siding makes it look quite ordinary, this house has stood for over 200 years. This modest farm-house was the last home of General Ethan Allen, Vermont’s Revolutionary War hero and leader of the Green Mountain Boys. It was built by him, and it’s where he died.

Just a short drive from Burlington, Vermont’s downtown the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum offers hands-on history, spectacular scenery along with riverside picnic areas and walks. The Homestead offers a view of 18th century life, and an intimate look at Vermont’s most colorful – and controversial founder Ethan Allen and his wife, Fanny.


Ethan Allen Homestead: The Early Years

Ethan Allen in his later yearsEthan Allen was fifty years old when he came to Burlington in 1787 to take up farming. Until 1777 Ethan Allen’s family had lived at Sheffield, Connecticut. They moved to Vermont while he was a prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War, and settled in Sunderland that year. Mary Bronson Allen, Ethan’s first wife, died in 1783. In 1784 he met Frances (Fanny) Buchanan and they married later that year.


On February 11, 1789 he and his hired man, Newport, drove his oxen over the ice to South Hero for a load of hay from his cousin Ebenezer Allen. Returning early the next morning, Ethan Allen unexpectedly died.


Ethan Allen Homestead: Later Years

After his death Ethan Allen’s widow sold Ethan’s Intervale farm in 1814 to Cornelius P. Van Ness. For the rest of the 19th century it would be known as the Van Ness farm.


Ethan Allen Tower

The Tower in Ethan Allen Park

The Van Ness family continued in possession of the farm until 1862 when it was to Alfred Brookes of New York City. In 1902 William J. Van Patten bought it from Brookes.

Van Patten set apart about 12 acres and offered it to the Sons of the American Revolution on condition that a stone tower, a memorial to General Ethan Allen, be erected on the top of the ledge and a road built leading to the tower and to Ethan’s former house. The S.A.R. built and dedicated the present tower in 1905.


By 1914 the farm was run by Van Patten as a dairy farm. And in that year a large fire destroyed its barns, no doubt the original ones built by Allen in 1787. Ethan Allen Park with its monumental stone tower became a landmark in Burlington and overshadowed the modest little wooden house standing nearby on private land on the Intervale, nearly forgotten.

This was how matters still stood in 1974 when Ralph Nading Hill, while working on a book on Lake Champlain, took an interest in the small house, which was still lived in, and decided to confirm its identity. A committee, including experts from the Shelburne Museum, visited the site and determined the authenticity of the basic structural features of the building. Although the interior was remodeled, and an ell and new exterior added, physical evidence confirmed that it was the original Ethan Allen house.


Ethan Allen Homestead: Today

Ethan Allen Homestead

Ethan Allen Homestead

The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum is at 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT 05408, and is open seven days a week for General Tours May 1st to October 31st from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.
Group and School Tours are available on request

Admission Prices:

  • Individual: $10
  • Seniors: $9
  • Students 5-17: $6
  • Children under 5: free
Ethan Allen Homestead inside

Inside Ethan Allen Homestead

Learn more about Ethan Allen in Ethan Allen: His Life and Times by Willard Sterne Randall. It tells the story of Allen’s life from growing up in frontier Connecticut, through the early years of the Green Mountain Boys in the New Hampshire Grants, the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, and Allen’s capture by the British at Montreal, through to the founding of the Republic of Vermont and its eventual statehood.

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