"I can't help but feel that Champlain himself would have reviewed this wonderful, informative and well-written new book and smiled at the effort, commitment and results." Arthur B. Cohn, Executive Director, Lake Champlain maritime Museum (more reviews)
A Kayaker's Guide to Lake Champlain
Catherine Frank and Margaret Holden
300 pages, 50 maps, 90 photographs,
illustrations by Elyane Sears
50 different watery paths of adventure divided into eight sections covering the Champlain Island, the Inland Sea, Missisquoi Bay, Broad Lake North, Malletts Bay, Broad lake East, Broad lake West, and South Bay, provide an intimate, cove by cove, island by island exploration of America's other great lake, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's epochal journey of discovery in 1609. The routes are described, paddle stroke by paddle stroke, augmented with maps and photographs and enlivened with essays on early Native Americans, the pivotal nalal battles of Plattsburgh and Valcour island, the fascinating geology of this fossil-rich one-time arm of the sea, and up-to-date environmental issues like algae bloom, milfoil, zebra mussels, and endangered species. The result is a well-rounded overview of a remarkable natural resource.
Book Review, Candance Page, BurlingtonFree Press, Aug. 2, 2009
Interview with Todd Moe of North Country Public Radio "Intimate Views of Lake Champlain from Water Level"
"Certainly not just a guide for paddlers. This is one of the best all-round, multifaceted orientations to the lake I have ever read, and will be of benefit to any lake student, boater, shoreline explorer, bird watcher, diver, hiker, or anyone with an interest in gaining a better understanding of this wonderful place we call Lake champlain." Arthur B. Cohn, Executive Director, Lake Champlain maritime Museum
"What a delightful blend of natural history, lore, conservation and expert trip information about kayaking on Lake Champlain! Written with a paddler's eye view, the book captures the beauty, the mystery, and modern-day conservation challenges of this lovely 6th great lake. After just a few pages, you'll want to head for the lake with your kayak." Katie Dolan, kayaker and Director of The Nature Conservancy in Eastern New York
"This book is the perfect companion for any kayaker, beginner or experienced, exploring the scenic beauty, natural history, and biodiversity of lake Champlain. It is a gift to all who enjoy Lake Champlain's irreplaceable treasures." Chris Boget, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Land Trust.