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Champlain Lake, Vermont

This delightful expanse of water is the boundary line between New York and Vermont. Vermont embraces about two thirds of its surface. New York is on the W. side, and the counties of Franklin, Chittenden, Addison, and a part of Rutland, in the state of Vermont, lie on the E. At the N. it extends a few miles into Lower Canada, and receives the waters of Pike river. It discharges into the St. Lawrence by the Richelieu, Sorel, or Chambly river. Among its tributaries from Vermont are the Missisque, Lamoille, Onion, Otter, and Pawlet rivers. From New York, it receives the waters of the Chazy, Saranac, Sable, Bouquet, and Wood rivers, and of Lake George. Its length is about 130 miles: its breadth varies from 1 to 12 miles: average breadth about 3 miles. It abounds with salmon, trout, pickerel and other fish. It is navigable for vessels of 90 tons burthen, and splendid steamboats are continually plying, in the season of navigation, from Whitehall, along its beautiful shores, to St. John's in Canada.—This lake contains about 60 islands, is remarkable for its splendid scenery, and renowned in ancient and modern stories for its scenes or war-like achievements. Lake Champlain is a great resort both for business and pleasure.

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