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Activities on the Lake While Staying at Luxury Resort

Here at Basin Harbor, we’ve been minting blissful resort memories for our guests since 1886, but we never take our perch here on one of America’s greatest waterways for granted! Lake Champlain’s an extraordinary scenic backdrop for us, especially ringed westward as it is by the Adirondacks. Yet it’s much more than a backdrop: It’s also the heart of our recreational offerings.

Now, we don’t blame you in the slightest if all you want to do is recline on the lakeshore and bliss out in summertime repose. But if you feel like getting out on (or in) the waters, well, you’ve got options to say the least!


We rent out a whole fleet’s worth of different watercraft for plying Lake Champlain right off our shores: from canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards to sailboats, powerboats, pontoons, paddleboats, and more. Take an independent voyage, join a guided tour, or get to know the nautical ropes with an instructor.

You can also crank up the thrills in a major way by signing up for some waterskiing, wakeboarding, or tubing, with one of our skilled staffers piloting the powerboat.

Or relax on a one- to two-hour narrated cruise, during which you’ll soak up an awful lot of gorgeous scenery, search for wildlife such as bald eagles and ospreys, and learn about the dramatic history embodied in our local waters, from offshore battles to shipwrecks.


Nothing says summer like a day at the beach and some refreshing dips and plunges along our Lake Champlain waterfront! You can mix up the lake swimming with soaks in our solar-heated pool, too…


Actually, one thing that says summer just about as good as splish-splashy beach fun is an afternoon wiled away with a fishing pole in hand. You can borrow a pole for free at our waterfront and take advantage of the bait we have for purchase. The North Dock and floating docks provide excellent shore-angling vantages.

R&R and Fun Along—and On—Lake Champlain at Basin Harbor

Of course, there’s much to do along the margins of Lake Champlain during your Basin Harbor getaway, from world-class cycling to thrilling hikes in the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. And we’d be remiss not mentioning the superlative waterfront dining you can enjoy as our guest, whether in the lakeview dining room at Ardelia’s or via al fresco meals at the North Dock.

So come enjoy the grand and gorgeous Lake Champlain firsthand with a luxury retreat at Basin Harbor! We know you’ll fall in love with our very own inland sea, if you haven’t already.