Lake ChamplainNew York


Dive site characteristics

Types Shipwreck dive Deep dive Fauna dive
Conditions Visibility more or less reduced Thermocline or cold water
Providers Parking Boat ramp Restaurant Swimming Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

You must pay a fee in order to dive on protected dive sites. Please register at the dive shop prior to dive. Bring your C-card with you.

According to your dive plan, park your vehicule near the dive site. You might have to use the services of a local dive operator. Each wreck can be located by a yellow buoy marked "Underwater Historic Preserve". You must obtain a dive permit for each wreck you are planning to dive on. Dive penetration is forbidden.

Entry points


Note: directions are accurate as possible, it is recommended to go with someone who knows the site. Use a bathymetric map if you dive on the site without a tour dive operator.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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160-110′Phoenix located northern face of Colchester Shoal reef
250′Burlington Bay Horse Fragile shipwreck. Approximately 2/3 of the way northwest from the north end of the Burlington breakwater to Lone Rock Point.
365′O.J Walker DIVING PERMIT REQUIRED. Penetration forbidden. Approximately 3/4 of a mile west of the north end of the Burlington breakwater. Between the Horse ferry and General Butler.
440′General Butler located 300′ north of the City of Burlington’s waste water discharge pipeline
565-80′A.R. Noyes Coal Barge Coal barge. Fragile shipwreck. Located north of the Coast Guard’s navigational buoy on Proctor Shoal
612-25′Diamond Island Stone Boat Immediately off the southeast side of Diamond Island
715-35′Champlain II Located near New York shore between Barn Rock and Rock Harbor, north of Westport, NY, and across from Basin Harbor, VT. The shoreline is private. Please do not land there.
890′Water WitchInformations to come.

Driving directions

From Montreal, take highway 10 heading South toward Sherbrooke. Take exit for the highway 15 toward Lacolle. You will have to cross the Canada-US border. It is recommended but not mandatory to registrer your equipment with the Canadian custom officier before crossing the border. This way while coming back you may have less trouble since your equipment will appear on the registration slip you will have. To the American border officer you will have to answer any question he might ask about your journey, any citizenship document and any other informations migth be requested. Once you’re done, follow the road 87 to Plattsburg.


Alternative road from Plattsburg, NY

If you are already at Burlington (where there are other dive sites; see the road leading to dive sites in Vermont ), take the ferry for Port Kent, NY. From there take the road up to highway 87. Go North up to Plattsburg.

Consult the tariffs and schedule for the ferries.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
Jones’ Aqua Sports Champlain Dive Center  71 Klein Drive, Willsboro
4013 Route 9, Plattsburgh
518 562-3483 air, rentals, charters, sales, repairs, training scuba@divechamplain.com

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