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Carleton’s Prize – Lake Champlain Islands

Carleton’s Prize

Carleton's Prize. Lake Champlain  Islands

Carleton’s Prize

Carleton’s Prize is a small rock island in Lake Champlain’s Vermont waters. Carleton’s Prize was conserved in 1978, and it was the first property that was donated to the Lake Champlain Land Trust.

It is a plateau that rises 30 feet from the water in Crescent Bay off the southwest tip of South Hero. Located between Stave Island and Providence Island, it has been called Carleton’s Prize since the American Revolutionary War when it was named after Sir Guy Carleton actions following the Battle of Valcour Island on October 11, 1776,

 

History of Carleton’s Prize:
 

Legend has it that it was very foggy on Lake Champlain as Benedict Arnold escaped from behind Valcour Island with the remnants of his small fleet. The British didn’t think that the Americans could have slipped by in the dark and so  they searched to the north and east of Valcour Island. In the heavy fog they spotted what appeared to be a ship and opened fire, unleashing a fierce bombardment on what was believed to be a ship. No doubt the smoke from the black powder added to the poor visibility.

After an hour or so and no returning fire, either a breeze came up or the fog burned off, and the British realized they had not been firing on a ship after all. This misdirection let Arnold escape up the lake to Addison, Vermont, where he scuttled and burned the remnants of his battered fleet to prevent capture.

Some say that the locals had erected logs on the island to resemble a ship’s masts, but this is unlikely. Rust marks are visible on the rock to this day. Whether the rust streaks on the sheer cliffs of the islet are from oxidizing iron ore within the rock outcroppings or the cannonballs showered down by the British gunners is part of the mystery of Carleton’s Prize.

 

 

Vermont’s earliest inhabitants, the Abenaki, knew Carleton’s Prize as odzihózoiskwá, or “Odzihozo’s wife”. Odzihozo, “the transformer”, was the supernatural being who created Lake Champlain, the mountains and all the lands that made up their homeland.

According to the legend, Odzihozo was an impatient deity, and before he was even completely formed with a head, legs and arms, he set out to change the earth. His last creation was Lake Champlain, which he considered his masterpiece. He was so pleased with his work that he climbed onto a rock in Burlington Bay and turned himself to stone so he could watch and be near the lake for the rest of eternity. The rock in Burlington Bay, and is known to boaters as Rock Dunder – several miles away from his wife.

 

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Signal Buoy Island – Lake Champlain Islands

Signal Buoy Island

 

Signal Buoy Island - Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC)

 

Signal Buoy Island is less than 1 acre in size. It is the southernmost island of the Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC) – owned and operated by the State of New York.

Signal Buoy Island is located 2.5 miles south of Sheepshead Island in the Town of Ticonderoga, New York. This small island has a Coast Guard signal buoy set in the water (for which it is named) and has no recreational facilities.

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Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC) – Lake Champlain Islands

Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC)

 

Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC)

 

The Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC) is comprised of six islands owned by the State of New York and managed collectively. LCIMC is located in the northeastern Adirondacks in the towns of Ausable, Peru and Plattsburgh in Clinton County and in the towns of Crown Point, Chesterfield, Ticonderoga, Westport and Willsboro in Essex County.

 

The six islands are: Valcour, Schuyler, Cole, Garden, Sheepshead and Signal Buoy. The six islands contain about 1,130 acres of Forest Preserve land. LCIMC maintains about 13 miles of hiking trails and 34 designated campsites. The LCIMC also maintains three boat launch sites located at Peru Dock, Port Douglas and Willsboro Bay.

 

Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC) Bluff Point Lighthouse

Bluff Point Lighthouse

The six islands that make up the LCIMC contain 13 miles of hiking trails, 34 designated campsites and offer a variety of day-use opportunities that include hiking, picnicking, wildlife and bird watching or visiting the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island.

 

The Bluff Point Lighthouse is the only lighthouse on Lake Champlain to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It overlooks Valcour Bay, the site of the 1776 Battle of Valcour Bay (the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War). The Bay is also a National Historic Landmark. The light continues to serve as a U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation.

 

 

Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex Unit Management Plan

Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC)

Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC)

 

The Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex Unit Management Plan includes:  Valcour Island Primitive Area (968.5 acres);  Schuyler Island Primitive Area (161.4 acres);  Champlain Islands Wild Forest (4 acres);  Peru Dock Boat Launch Intensive Use Area (10.5 acres);  Port Douglas Boat Launch Intensive Use Area (2.5 acres); and Willsboro Bay Boat Launch Intensive Use Area (15.1 acres).  Champlain Islands Wild Forest consists of four islands: Garden Island, Cole Island, Sheepshead Island and Signal Buoy. Each is less than one acre of land surface.

 

 

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Lake Champlain Islands

 Lake Champlain Islands

Lake Champlain Islands

Lake Champlain is home to over 80 islands. Some of these islands are no more than a large rock jutting from the lake; others are large enough to support entire towns. There are privately owned islands with seasonal residences, publicly owned islands that are nature preserves and year-round communities of ‘Islanders’.

 

The ‘Lake Champlain Islands’

When people refer to the ‘Lake Champlain Islands’, they are usually speaking about Vermont’s Grand Isle County, which is made up of some of the lake’s largest islands. Grand Isle County is comprised of the Vermont towns of Alburgh, Grand Isle, Isle LaMotte, North Hero and South Hero. These towns are all located on the ‘Lake Champlain Islands’ except Alburgh, which is actually located on a peninsula extending south into Lake Champlain from Quebec, Canada. Alburgh, Vermont is not attached to any other part of Vermont or the rest of the United States by land, and can only be reached by bridge or boat from the U.S. (see: Alburgh, Vermont: An Exclave).

 

Listing of Lake Champlain Islands

Following is an alphabetical list of Lake Champlain’s islands. The list includes some islands that are actually in tributaries of Lake Champlain, or are located in the Richelieu River at the outflow of the lake. Links to the individual islands will be activated as the listings become available.

Ash Island (Ile Ash): large island in Richelieu River between Clarenceville and Lacolle, Quebec
Ball Island
Birch Island
Bixby Island: one of the Three Sisters Islands
Burton Island: This large island lies off the southwestern tip of St. Albans Point in LakeChamplain’s Inland Sea
Butler Island: located just east of North Hero, Vermont
Button Island: located in Button Bay in Vergennes, Vermont
Carleton’s Prize: Carleton’s Prize is a solitary chunk of rock that rises from the lake about three miles east of Valcour, just off Providence Island
Cave Island: Located in Mallett’s Bay in Colchester, Vermont
Cedar Island – Charlotte, Vermont: located in Converse Bay in Charlotte, Vermont
Cedar Island – South Hero, Vermont: privately owned 8.4 acre island just east of South Hero, Vermont
Cloak Island: small island located off Isle La Motte’s south east coast
Coates Island:
Cole Island:
Crab Island:
Dameas Island:
Dean Island:
Deer Island:
Diamond Island:
Duck Blind Island:
Fish Bladder Island:
Four Brothers Islands:
Garden Island – Charlotte, Vermont:
Garden Island – Peru, New York:
Gardiner Island:
Gondola Island:
Gull Island:
Harbor Island:
Hen Island:
Hog Island:
Hogback Island:
Ile Aux Branches:
Ile Aux Noix:
Ile de l’Hopital:
Isle La Motte:
Johnson Island:
Juniper Island: Juniper Island is a 13-acre island in Lake Champlain, approximately 3.15-mile southwest of Burlington, Vermont
Kellogg Island (Kibbe Island):
Kibbe Island:
Knight Island:
Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex (LCIMC): is comprised of six islands owned by the State of New York and managed collectively.
Lapham Island:
Law Island:
Lazy Lady Island:
Long Point Island:
Maple Bend Island:
Marble Island:
Meach Island:
Metcalfe Island:
Mosquito Island:
Mud Island:
Mudgett Island:
Noak’s Island:
North Hero Island:
Odzihozo:
Pickett Island:
Popasquash Island:
Providence Island:
Queneska Island:
Rock Dunder:
Rock Island – Panton, Vermont:
Rock Island – Saint Albans, Vermont:
Savage Island:
Sawyer Island:
Schuyler Island:
Shad Island:
Sheepshead Island:
Ship Point:
Signal Buoy Island: One of six islands owned by the State of New York and managed as LCMCI.
Sloop Island:
South Hero Island:
Stave Island:
Sunset Island:
Three Sisters: A small group of islands just northwest of Grand Isle (island):
Upper Fish Bladder Island:
Valcour Island:
White’s Island:
Whitney Island:
Wood’s Island:
Young Island:

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most famous citizens.Written by
Willard Sterne Randall this book
sheds a new light on one of
Vermont’s founding fathers.
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