Adirondack Coast - Plattsburgh

The Adirondack Coast of Clinton County lies along historic Lake Champlain. The region is home to world-class bass fishing, incredible natural attractions and its own mythologized "sea creature," aka Champ. The region offers diverse outdoor activities such as sea kayaking and sailing on Lake Champlain, cross-country skiing at Point au Roche State Park and tubing at Ausable Chasm.
Sail along the rocky shoreline of the Adirondack Coast, discover the beaches of Lake Champlain and take a tour of the region's historic downtown.

The Adirondack Coast holds a distinct and important place in American military history. As the site of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a pivotal battle that many historians believed turned the tide of the War of 1812 in America's favor. Annual events such as military encampments and re-enactments showcase the area's military history. 

The Adirondack Coast also boasts fertile soil, and orchards, farms, and wineries flourish in the northern climate. Discover incredible shopping opportunities, from farmers' markets to national department stores, as well as diverse dining options along the Lake Champlain Region. 

Outdoor Recreation on the Adirondack Coast

The Adirondack Coast offers prime windsurfing, boating, sailing, and scuba diving over 100 miles on Lake Champlain. Home to its own legendary Loch Ness-type monster, Champy is said to roam the ancient waters - popping up for photo opportunities from time to time.

Road biking is popular along the Adirondack Coast, where scenic back roads travel through parks, along a wine trail and through small towns. For bird watchers, the Lake Champlain Birding Trail runs through New York and into Vermont, offering ample opportunity for viewing 88 different birding sites - many of which are located along the Adirondack Coast. Ranked by Audubon Magazine as one of the "top six destinations for bird watching in the United States," the Adirondack Coast offers ample opportunity for spotting Great Blue Herons, Loons, and Bald Eagles. Occasional rare visitors such as the European Tufted Duck and Ivory Gull have been noted over the past few years. 

Ausable Chasm is one of the region's top family attractions, offering family fun all year. The Chasm is an impressive two-mile gorge carved into the landscape over 10 million years ago. Often called the "Grand Canyon of the East," the gorge offers self-guided hiking, raft tours, cave and waterfall hikes, mountain biking, disc golf, tubing and so much more.

Popular Adirondack Coast Activities

Along the coast, parks and beaches appear in abundance. Enjoy sunny afternoons on sandy beaches or trek along some of the Adirondack Region's 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Bass fishing is huge on Lake Champlain, which has been referred to as the "sixth Great Lake" in the United States. With a maximum depth of 400 feet, more than 80 species of fish thrive. Fish for Large and Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Land-Locked Salmon, Carp, and Steelhead. Annual bass fishing tournaments are held throughout the spring and summer fishing seasons, attracting hundreds of competitors from around the world each year.

Annual Lake Champlain Bass Fishing Tournaments include

  • ABA Weekend Series
  • FLW Tour
  • FLW Everstart Series
  • Northern Bass Supply
  • BFL Super

The Adirondack Region boasts several New York State Scenic Byways, and the Lakes to Locks Passage runs right along the Adirondack Coast. Travel this scenic route and discover the region's important historic sites and attractions, and taste sumptuous wines at Adirondack Coast wineries along the region's growing Wine Trail. Perfect for a weekend drive or afternoon bicycle ride - discover new vintages and old favorites.

Adirondack Coast Culture

While much of the Adirondack Coast's day-to-day culture centers on the incredible outdoor opportunities available, the region also boasts a thriving arts and music scene.

Home to several art galleries, performance spaces, and cultural events, the Adirondack Coast offers diverse entertainment. Hill and Hollow Music, Inc. in the town of Saranac present musical performances by renowned artists and ensembles. Nearby, the NCCCA Arts Center specializes in visual arts, music and theater performances and productions, offering events year-round, as well as workshops such as pottery making and painting. In Au Sable Forks, the Tahawus Lodge Center is renowned for offering lively programs including dance and theater performances, as well as children's workshops.

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