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Lake Champlain Islands Complex - Unit Management Plan

The Lake Champlain Islands Unit Management Planning complex encompasses approximately 1,133.8 acres of Forest Preserve lands on six of the seven state owned Lake Champlain Islands - Valcour, Schuyler, Cole, Garden, Sheepshead, and Signal Buoy. A seventh state-owned Island, Crab Island, is located outside of the Adirondack Park, is administered by The Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), and will not be addressed in this Unit Management Plan (UMP). There are also 28.1 acres of land that make up the three boat launch sites (BLS) in the Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex that are administered by the Department's Bureau of Fisheries: Peru Dock BLS, Port Douglas BLS and Willsboro Bay BLS.

The islands that make up the Lake Champlain Islands unit contain about 13 miles of hiking trails, 34 designated campsites and provide a variety of day-use opportunities. All but five of the primitive tent sites are located on Valcour Island. Recreational activities include hiking, picnicking, visiting the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island, wildlife and bird watching and more.

The Department is currently in the process of developing a UMP for the Lake Champlain Islands Complex. If you have questions about the UMP process, please contact us at r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.


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