View of the Champlain Bridge, connecting VT to NY
The Lois McClure leads the boat parade opening the new Champlain Bridge.

Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership

Quick Facts

Location:
NY, VT
Significance:
The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership includes the interconnected waterways of Lake Champlain, Lake George, the Champlain Canal and portions of the Upper Hudson River in Vermont and New York. The region is the ancestral homeland of Algonquin and Iroquois peoples and, over the past 400 years, has played a vital role in the establishment of the United States and Canada. It has served as a route of exploration, military campaigns and maritime commerce. It was the setting for innovations in business and technology, invasions and armed insurrections, new directions in religion and politics, long periods of peace and prosperity, and the beginnings of the conservation movement.
Designation:
National Heritage Area
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes
The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) works with community partners in the eleven counties surrounding Lake Champlain to interpret and promote the region’s natural and cultural treasures in order to build appreciation and improve stewardship of these resources. Nestled between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains, this National Heritage Area also stretches south to the Mohawk River and connects with the communities along the Richelieu River in Quebec. 

The CVNHP is managed by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), whose purpose is to increase access to recreation programs and provide cultural heritage learning opportunities in order to builds a sense of stewardship for the environmental, historic, and social resources. While most of the CVNHP is located within the Lake Champlain Basin, the new designation extends southward into Bennington and Saratoga counties. The legislation also contains CVNHP activities to the counties that border Lake Champlain, Lake George, the Champlain Canal and the Upper Hudson River.

The LCBP works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Quebec, private organizations, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts which benefit the Lake Champlain Basin's water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. Over the years, the LCBP has provided more than $1 million for cultural heritage and recreation projects. Search the LCBP's Grant Database to learn more.

The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership is home to the following NPS units and historic sites: