Lake Champlain & Beyond

We have assembled a group of links that we have found useful while cruising Lake Champlain. We hope you will find them as helpful as we do!

Weather & Water Quality

Lake Marine Forecast — Latest marine forecast for Lake Champlain

Blue Green Algae Tracker — Vermont Department of Health monitoring of algae levels

NOAA Seven-day Forecast — Standard seven-day forecast for Charlotte, Vermont

Lake Graphical Forecast — NOAA provides a color-coded forecast for wind and wave conditions the length of Lake Champlain

Wind & Temperature Forecast — Three-day weather forecast in three-hour increments, with temperature, dew-point, wind speed and direction, etc.

Wind Data at Diamond Island — Real-time wind direction and speed at Diamond Island in 15-minute increments

Lake Level and Temperature — Last 30 days; scroll down for graph

Radar Loop — Radar loop for the last hour; takes time to load without high speed internet connection

Boating Safety Courses

Vermont Courses  Listing from Vermont State Police website of safety courses taught around Vermont this summer

Online Course — Online course that satisfies the Vermont requirement for boater safety education certificate

US Sailing

Click to join US Sailing at a discount on our dedicated RSYC US Sailing Page

Federal & State Resources

Vermont State Boating Handbook — State regulations; excellent reference booklet.  PDF Version

Charts Online — Online charts; fun to check at home (or at work?); Lake Champlain chart number 14781 thru 14784

NOAA Booklet Charts — Printable online charts from NOAA; Lake Champlain is in the “Great Lakes” section

US Coast Guard — Home page for the United States Coast Guard

Burlington Coast Guard — Website for the US Coast Guard Station in Burlington

Local Notice to Mariners — Weekly US Coast Guard notices affecting Lake Champlain

Navigation Rules — Inland and international navigation rules

Chart No. 1 — NIMA Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations, and Terms

Coast Pilot 6 — Volume 6 of the USCG coast pilot; Chapter 14 covers the Lake Champlain area


Animated Knots — Great site for learning to tie knots; very clever


Point Bay Marina Marina- Fuel Dock — This webcam, and the one below automatically update every second.  A new tab will open when you follow this link.

Point Bay Marina Marina- Store — The flag pole in the foreground of this webcam is great for judging current wind condtions at PBM.  A new tab will open when you follow this link.

Westport Marina Web Camera — Shows the docks at the Westport Marina; there are two views, refreshing about once a minute, one of the main docks in front of the marina and one of the gas docks

Burlington Waterfront Webcam — Panoramic image of the lake looking west from Burlington; updated every 15 minutes; includes weather and air quality info

Boat Clubs

Lake Champlain Yacht Club in Shelburne, Vt.

Malletts Bay Boat Club in Colchester, Vt.

Royal Savage Yacht Club in Charlotte, Vt.

Valcour Sailing Club in Plattsburgh, N.Y.