Of all the
water we traveled on this cruise, which included the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca and
Champlain Canals, we most enjoyed Lake Champlain. The run from Lock 12
to Crown Point, where the lake opens up is especially enchanting.
The trip up Otter Creek to Vergennes in Vermont should
not be missed. The waterfalls at Vergennes have been providing power
in different forms since early colonial times. I believe Vergennes is
the oldest city in Vermont.
Water chestnuts choke the water along
the shores to a depth of about 8 feet. Notice the orange "water mower"
Just before we got to the bridge at
Crown Point, a plane flew beneath the high span.
We looked for a path up to Fort
Ticonderoga. The water weeds kept us from getting close to the shore.
We didn't find a way up.
We picked up a mooring at Basin Harbor and visited
the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.
A few more miles north and Otter Creek
heads to Vergennes.