We’ve assembled a group of links we’ve found useful while cruising Lake Champlain. We hope you’ll 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 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

Boating Safety Course

Online CourseOnline 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 HandbookState regulations; excellent reference booklet.  PDF Version

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

Burlington Coast Guard — Website for the Coast Guard’s Northern New England Sector

Local Notice to MarinersWeekly US Coast Guard notices affecting Lake Champlain

Navigation Rules — Inland and international navigation rules

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

Boating Clubs

Lake Champlain Yacht Club in Shelburne, Vt.

Malletts Bay Boat Club in Colchester, Vt.

Diamond Island Yacht Club in Charlotte, Vt.

Valcour Sailing Club in Plattsburgh, N.Y. (Facebook page)


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