Inland Sea Names & Numbers
January 2, 2017
- A valuable resource for Champlain boaters 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 & Service
- North Hero Marina (802) 372-5953; Full-service marina with 92 deep-water slips and 47 moorings. Free WiFi, convenience store, bath house, fuel dock with gas and diesel, water, pump-out and a 25-ton marine TraveLift, as well as engine repair.
- New England Powerboat Service (802) 372-5131; Offers 12 transient slips for boats up to 19’, as well as a gas dock, power, water, WiFi and restrooms. Powerboat rentals are available, and include the use of waterskis, wakeboards and tubes.
- Ladd’s Landing Marina (802) 372-5320; Full-service marina, fuel dock with gas and diesel, transient slips for boats to 40’. Also features a bathhouse, laundry facilities, launch ramp, gas grills, picnic area, boat rentals, repair service, ship’s store and convenience store.
- Burton Island State Park (802) 524-6353; Public campground and marina on a 253-acre island featuring a 100-slip marina with WiFi, pump-out, electric and water, plus restrooms, showers, a snack bar, nature center, hiking trails and a swimming beach. Rowboat and canoe rentals also available. Reservations recommended.
- Northland Boat Shop (800) 464-5452; Full-service repair shop and Boston Whaler dealer. Off Route 2 in North Hero.
- While the above marinas and the Hero’s Welcome store have boat ramps, the state also maintains 2 free launch sites on North Hero Island with parking. One is at the end of North End Rd. W, just south of North Hero State Park, while the other is on Kings Bay. Both are on the eastern side of the island.
- On South Hero, a public launch is at Grand Isle State Park.
Where to Eat:
- North Hero House (888) 525-3644; Fine dining in a historic 1891 inn where visitors used to arrive by paddlewheeler. The hearty breakfast buffets are popular among locals.
- Hero’s Welcome General Store (800) 372-HERO; Enjoy sumptuous sandwiches, fresh salads, baked goods and ice cream indoors or on the lakeside picnic tables.
- Shore Acres Restaurant & Inn (802) 372-8722; This venerable eatery is on many Vermonters’ bucket lists, but the views are worth the trip alone. The menu ranges from Yankee pot roast to gourmet entrees of lamb, fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes.
- Ruthcliffe Restaurant & Lodge (802) 828-3200; Italian-American cuisine served in a secluded lakeside inn near the Chazy Reef.
- Pan’s South Hero Pizza (802) 372-4729 Gourmet thin-crust pizzas with a big following.
- Blue Paddle Bistro (802) 372-4814; Upscale gourmet dinners and pub fare in a cozy setting. Also serves sumptuous Sunday brunch.
- Burton Island State Park (802) 524-6353; Public campground on a 253-acre island featuring a 100-slip marina with WiFi, pump out, electric and water, plus restrooms, showers, a snack bar, nature center, hiking trails and a swimming beach. Rowboat and canoe rentals also available. Reservations recommended.
- Driftwood Charters (802) 373-0022 Capt. Holly Poulin runs fishing and sightseeing charters aboard he stable, roomy pontoon boat. She’s a font of local information and an entertaining host.
- Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery (802) 372-9463; Wine tastings and live music in a scenic setting.
- Hackett’s Orchard (802) 372-4848; Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, baked goods and Vermont items.
- Allenholm Farm & Orchard (888) 721-5566; Orchard and farm stand selling ice cream, pies and baked goods. Also rents bicycle rentals.
- St. Anne’s Shrine Site of the oldest settlement in Vermont, St. Anne’s is a religious and historical site with a chapel, gifts, cafe, scenic beach and picnic area.
- Alburg Golf Course (802) 796-3586; One of Vermont’s prettiest 18-hole golf courses, whose lakeside setting is reminiscent of Scottish links. Enjoy pub fare and salads on the veranda while the sun sets over the lake.