Fast Facts on the Adirondack Coast

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

Plattsburgh

  • 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 Plattsburgh City Beach boasts the 2nd longest fresh water beach in the continental U.S. 
  • The Adirondack Coast is one of largest apple producers 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. 
  • 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 and Port Kent, NY to Burlington, Vt.
  • 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 the 5th best bass fishing lakes in northern US by Bassmaster magazine in 2017.

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 wildernesses 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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