The Lake Champlain Transportation Company runs three ferries across the lake from Charlotte, Vermont in the south to Essex in upstate New York, from the Burlington Ferry Dock at the foot of King Street in downtown Burlington (an easy walk from downtown hotels) to Port Kent, New York just south of Plattsburgh, NY and from Grand Isle, Vermont to Plattsburgh, New York. The Burlington Ferry runs from early May to around the first of October (it closes 9/27/15 this year). It takes about an hour to cross the lake at its widest point (about 12 miles). Check their website for fees. The ferry is a very pleasant cruise and a fun way to see Burlington from the lake and enjoy a light breeze on a sunny summer day. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board. The Burlington ferry will save a driver going to Plattsburg, N.Y. about two hours of driving time and over 120 miles over the shortest land route across Rouses Point Bridge just south of the Canadian border.
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