A lot of people travel in the area, use the Lake Champlain Ferry to get across Lake Champlain. There are three places in which you can catch the ferry: Charlotte, VT to Essex, NY this is known as the Southern Crossing, Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY this is known as the scenic crossing and finally Grand Isle, VT to Plattsburgh, NY. I have done two out of the three crossing and they are fun. I know most people use them as a way to cross the lake, save time and money. Personally, I like to use to them catch up on sleep or just relax looking at the views!
|view as we cross Lake Champlain|
|other boats out on the lake|
|our car on the deck of the ferry|
Most of the trips across the lake take an hour or just under and hour. If you get a great ferry operator, they will give you some of the history of the Lake. Remember this isn't just a tourist attraction but a way for the locals to commute so they might not be talking about the history. There are specific scenic cruises that offer meals, tour guides and offer private cruises for parties/weddings. We went on one of those as well and it was a blast. These cruises board at the King St. dock (Burlington to Port Kent route). The cost of the cruise is $6.00 for just the tour and $10.00 if you want the buffet lunch.
|crossing the ferry during the winter|
|another view of crossing during the winter|
|isn't it beautiful|
|scary to think that the ferry will push all of the ice/snow away!|
Enjoy the lake and take in all the views!