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Fast Facts on the Adirondack Coast

Get quick and fun facts about Plattsburgh, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.


  • Plattsburgh is the largest city in northeastern New York with 20,000 residents.
  • Just 60 miles north of Plattsburgh is Montreal, QC, with more than 3.5 million people.
  • Twenty percent of area residents are of French ancestry.
  • The city of Plattsburgh boasts the largest fresh water beach in the continental U.S.
  • The Champlain Valley is one of greatest apple regions in the U.S.
  • Chazy, just north of Plattsburgh, is home to the largest McIntosh orchard in the world with more than 80,000 trees.
  • Plattsburgh has been connected with the military in one form or another for more than 400 years.
  • The Plattsburgh Air Force Base, closed in 1995, was the longest active military installation in the United States.

Lake Champlain

  • In 1609, on behalf of France, Samuel de Champlain first sailed the lake that now bears his name.
  • The first U.S. Naval battle was fought off Valcour Island, just south of Plattsburgh during the Revolutionary War, led by Benedict Arnold.
  • Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in America.
  • Lake Champlain is the 13th largest lake in the U.S., stretching 120 miles north to south with 600 miles of shoreline.
  • Lake Champlain is 12 miles across at its widest point.
  • A year round ferry crosses Lake Champlain, connecting Plattsburgh to Grand Isle, Vermont.
  • With a maximum depth of 400 feet, Lake Champlain features more than 80 species of warm and cold-water fish.
  • There have been hundreds of documented sightings of Champ, Lake Champlain’s own sea monster described as a creature with a long neck, thick body, 15-50 feet long, four fins and a long tail. Keep your eyes peeled!
  • Valcour Island, the fourth largest island on Lake Champlain, is home to a number of rare plant species as well as the largest Great Blue Heron rookery on Lake Champlain.
  • Twenty-one species of amphibians and nineteen species of reptiles have been identified as native to the Lake Champlain region. 
  • The Lake Champlain Birding Trail is ranked by Audubon Magazine among the top 6 destinations in the U.S. for bird watching.
  • Lake Champlain was named one of the “25 Hottest Fishing Spots in the U.S.” by Field & Stream in 2005.
  • FLW Outdoors named Lake Champlain, near Plattsburgh particularly, one of the “Hottest Bass-Fishing Destinations” in 2006.
  • Lake Champlain has been named one of the best Bass Fishing Lakes in the United States for the last 12 year.

The Adirondacks

  • The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the mainland United States with more than 6 million acres – about the same size as the state of Vermont.
  • The park features more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, 30,000 miles of brooks and streams.
  • The Adirondack Park contains 85% of all wilderness in the Eastern United States.
  • It’s the only park in the U.S. where large populations live within the park’s boundaries – with more than 137,000 year round residents.
  • The Adirondacks have the largest trail system in the U.S. with more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails.
  • Two thousand mountains are in the park, 100 of them are more than 3,000 feet
  • Lake Placid, NY, population 2,600, was home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games.
  • Whiteface Mountain is the only ski area east of the Rockies to have hosted the Winter Olympic Games.
  • An estimated 7-10 million tourists visit the region annually.


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