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Paddle Boarding on Lake Champlain

Here at Basin Harbor, we give you a whole plethora of ways to experience the magic and beauty of Lake Champlain: from swimming and fishing along the shore to water-skiing, sailing, and narrated cruises. All things considered, one of the most intimate means of communing with this mighty and magnificent body of water—this mountain-cupped inland sea—is by standup paddleboard, and we’ve got you covered in that department as well here at our lakefront resort.

Introducing Standup Paddleboarding

The roots of paddleboarding—sitting, kneeling, or standing upon a platform propelled by a paddle—go back thousands of years, and the activity in one form or another has showed up all over the world. The modern form of standup paddleboarding (often abbreviated as SUP) mainly arose in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing, and in the past decade or so it’s expanded enormously as a more laidback, flatwater sport pursued on lakes, rivers, bays, and calm nearshore waters.

Just about anybody can successfully standup paddleboard: It doesn’t take special skills, and once you’ve gotten comfortable with the feel of it you’re liable to get hooked. One of the great virtues of SUP is the core workout it delivers—awesome exercise that, because of the fun of it and the on-the-water scenery, doesn’t seem at all like a fitness routine.

Standup Paddleboarding on Lake Champlain at Basin Harbor

Our Basin Harbor perch makes the perfect launch pad for SUP adventures on Lake Champlain. If you’ve got a board, perfect; if not, no worries—you can rent one right here at our waterfront (for $30 per hour).

It’s sheer bliss paddling your way along the scenic Lake Champlain shore, soaking up the views and tapping into the lolling rhythm of the waves. Take an extended tour for an invigorating workout you’ll probably feel the next day, or content yourself with a leisurely, relaxation-focused foray, cultivating calm and letting the lake do its good work on your spirit.

From SUP to Powerboating, Get to Know Lake Champlain This Summer on a Basin Harbor Vacation

The sheer presence of Lake Champlain is at the center of the Basin Harbor experience—has been for more than a century. You don’t have to leave shore to enjoy this natural wonder: It’ll provide the murmuring, shimmering backdrop to your waterfront dining, your rounds of golf and spa sessions, your afternoon picnics and lazy evening strolls.

But you’ll certainly be well rewarded for getting out on the water, whether it’s by standup paddleboard or any of the other watercraft we rent here at Basin Harbor. Come join us this summer for some paddling amid sublime Vermont splendor—and some unparalleled lakeside luxury!