Lake Champlain Basin Program
| Public Access Opportunities
Lake Champlain Basin Program “Casin’ The Basin” ight public access projects in New York and Vermont recently received grants through the LCBP. The public access awards program supports efforts to improve and enhance public access on Lake Champlain. LCBP funding for this program was provided by the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.
Ice Storm Damage Clean-up on Splint Rock Mountain ($3,000)
Boquet River Association, Elizabeth town, NY
The Boquet River Association, along with the NYSDEC and local volunteers, will clean-up ice storm debris from hiking trails and install pit privies at primitive campsites on Split Rock Mountain in Westport.
Lee Park Beach Enhancements ($1,500)
Town of Westport, NY
The Town of Westport will install canoe and kayak racks and three picnic tables along Lee Park Beach.
Falls Park Enhancement ($2,500)
City of Vergennes, VT
The City of Vergennes will construct an addition to the existing concrete boat ramp and install overhead security lights along the Otter Creek at Falls Park
Lower Winooski River Canoe/Kayak Lunch Improvements ($3,000)
Winooski Valley Park District Burlington, VT
The Winooski Valley Park District will replace worn-out riverbank stairways and adjacent boat slides at both the Ethan Allen Homestead canoe launch and the Millyard canoe launch on the Lower Winooski River. Signs will also be installed to identify the canoe launches from both land and water.
Marycrest Beach Parking Area Development ($8,300)
Town of Grand Isle, VT
The Town of Grand Isle will utilize funds to help develop a parking area along East Shore Road for Marycrest Beach, which was recently acquired by the Town.
Ticonderoga Boat Launch Dock Expansion ($3,000)
Town of Ticonderoga, NY
The Town of Ticonderoga, in partnership with the NYSDED, will expand docking facilities at the Ticonderoga Boat Launch. The docks will enable three times the current number of boats to dock at the site.
Preservation of Rock Island ($5,000)
Lake Champlain Land Trust, Burlington, VT
Lake Champlain Land Trust (LCLT) utilized funds to help acquire Rock Island in Panton, VT. LCLT will hold a conservation easement on Rock Island as a public access point for boater, anglers, and paddlers and a wildlife preserve for migratory birds. The State of Vermont will ultimately own the property.
Burlington Waterfront interpretive Wayfinding Program ($4,200)
Downtown Burlington Development Association, Burlington VT
The Downtown Burlington Development Association will utilize founds towards the development of “history posts” designed on a “yesterday and today” approach to interpretation.