Burlington Names & Numbers

Lake Champlain is considered a navigable waterway of the United States. As such, it is patrolled by the Coast Guard and follows the same nav-marker system used in ocean waters. Boaters heading north should keep green buoys to starboard, red to port. You can download charts of the lake at www.NauticalCharts.NOAA.gov.

Another valuable resource is the “Cruising Guide to Lake Champlain,” which details the lake’s marked channels, boating facilities and its shoals, reefs and rocks. Order it for $27 via Amazon.


Dockage & Moorings:

  • Burlington Community Boathouse (802) 865-7247; City-managed boating facility on the harbor. Offers transient slips and moorings, as well as rentals of kayaks and powerboats.
  • Perkins Pier Marina (802) 865-7247; City-run marina and launch ramp. Fuel is available next to Perkins Pier at the ferry dock.
  • Bay Harbor Marina (802) 862-4072; Gas, service, repairs, dockage, boat rentals on nearby Mallets Bay.
  • Shelbourne Shipyard (802) 985-3326; Fuel, service, repair, dockage in nearby Shelbourne.


  • (802) 864- 0123


  • Boaters can anchor in the southern part of the harbor, outside the mooring field, space permitting.

Launch Ramps:

Perkins Pier & Community Boating Center (802) 865-7247: Daily pass $10 per day; $12 overnight (maximum 3 nights). Boaters can also launch in the northern part of the harbor, but passes must be purchased at the Perkins Pier gate in advance.

Boat & Kayak Rental:

  • Both the Burlington Community Boathouse and Perkins Pier Marina rent kayaks and powerboats. See above for more info.

Dive Shops:

Where to Eat:

  • Splash! (802) 658-2244: Outdoor restaurant and bar overlooking the harbor at the Community Boathouse.
  • Breakwater Cafe & Grill (802) 658-6276: Lively spot located at the King Street ferry dock and Perkins Pier marina.
  • Vermont Pub & Brewery (802) 865-0500: Fresh-brewed beers and ales, as well as tasty food.
  • Farmhouse Tap & Grill (802) 859-0888: Farm-to-table “gastro pub” serving award-winning burgers, comfort entrées and rare beers from Vermont’s backyard.
  • American Flatbread (802) 496-8856: All-natural flatbread pizzas, breads and more prepared in a wood-fired oven.
  • Leunig’s Bistro & Cafe (802) 863-3759: One of the oldest, continually operating restaurants in downtown Burlington. French bistro-style lunch, weekend brunch and dinner.

Cool Shops:

  • Apple Mountain (800) 639-5052: Unique Vermont products made by area artisans.
  • Old Gold (802) 864-7786: Vintage clothing and costume shop, as well as new apparel, costumes and accessories.
  • Bennington Potters (800) 205-8033: Handmade stoneware and unique pottery gifts, made on-site.
  • Frog Hollow (802) 863-6458: Unique collection of traditional and contemporary Vermont arts and crafts.

Things to See & Do:

  • Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center (802) 864-1848: Fascinating exhibits on lake ecology and science, steps from the harbor.
  • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (802) 863-5966: Venue for a variety of performing artists and shows from musicals to off-Broadway plays.
  • Champlain Maritime Museum (802) 475-2022: Located in Vergennes, some 8 miles south of Burlington, the museum offers educational exhibits, lectures, and a replica 1776 gunboat and 1862 Champlain schooner at its lakeside dock on Basin Harbor.

Where to Stay:

  • Willard Street Inn B&B (800) 577-8712;:Luxury accommodations in downtown Burlington, within walking distance of the University of Vermont, Champlain College and the waterfront.
  • Made in Vermont (802) 399-2788: “Urban chic” bed-and-breakfast in downtown Burlington.

General Information:

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