Science and History Lesson (and good food too)


Located just a few miles from the shores of Long Pond is the much more famous Lake Champlain.  The sixth largest freshwater lake in the United States (behind the Great Lakes), Champlain possesses an abundance of human and natural history.

champlaintour11Campers from Pok-O-MacCready got to learn about the history, as well as soak in the immense beauty of the lake Saturday afternoon during an educational tour.  “It was fun!  We went to new places, I met new people and learned new things,” reported Papouto about the trip that explored the water between Westport, NY and Basin Harbor, VT.  Along the way, there was much to see.  “We went to a museum, and I learned about a steamboat that sank in the 1700’s,” Papouto added.  “A small ‘submarine’ went under water with a camera and we saw live pictures.”

“I didn’t know that there were over 300 shipwrecks,” said George M. of the lake, which haschamplaintour09 been the site of battles for both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. “You could see the exact spot where one boat crashed into the land.”

Aside from touring the lake, campers visited a maritime museum.  “It had a blacksmith shop, schoolhouse and gift shop,” said Faye, who also enjoyed having a meal away from camp.  “The buffet had Jello, roast beef coils, potato salad and cheeses.”

Mostly, the voyage on the Champlain II boat was a fascinating way to spend a summer day.  “We went to a conservation exhibit,” said Faye, “and I learned about the water chestnut.  It’s an invasive species with hard ‘spikey’ claws.  It was wild!”


Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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