Lake Champlain Archaeological Site Boat Tour
The public is invited aboard the UVM research and education vessel, the R/V Melosira, to learn about Lake Champlain and its watershed’s geologic, cultural and historical aspects. Trips will focus on one of two themes, Stories of Lake Champlain (July 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.) or Life Underwater (Aug. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Aug. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.).
Trips depart from the south side of the Rubenstein Lab/Echo Building at 3 College St. in Burlington. The cost is $25 per person. Participants must be at the boat 15 minutes prior to departure time. The minimum age to participate is eight-years-old. For more information and to register, visit www.uvm.edu/seagrant/events.
Both trips will begin with an interactive introduction to the geology of Lake Champlain and its watershed. From there, the two themes diverge.
Stories of Lake Champlain will provide a cultural and historical view of Vermont’s largest lake. Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Abenaki tribe will share the history of native tribes in the area and their relationship with water. Later in the trip, participants will learn about the lake’s naval history following European settlement.
Stops and sights will include Red Rocks Park, Lone Rock Point, Rock Dunder (of historic significance to the Abenakis) and the Horse Ferry shipwreck. The trip will conclude with an optional hands-on sediment assessment session to look for signs of historical land uses and practices on the lake.
Participants on the Life Underwater trips will try their hand at being limnologists, scientists who study lakes. They will collect biological, chemical and physical measurements to assess the lake’s health and current conditions by towing for and identifying plankton, sampling sediment and monitoring water clarity, among other activities.
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact Kris Stepenuck at (802) 656-8504 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than three weeks prior to the trip.
More Lake Champlain News:
Nearly 20 baby spiny softshell turtles were recently released into Lake Champlain. For about 10 years, Vermont Fish and Wildlife has captured the babies in the fall, kept them safe through the winter and then released them again in the summer.
Experts believe there are about 300 of the turtles in the lake, but because the babies are easy prey, they’re considered a threatened species.
Many of the turtles were sponsored by families who get to play a crucial role in the release.
The release attracted the attention of Massachusetts native Michael Henry who made a special trip. “Big turtle fans, definitely. It’s not too far, three and a half hours, but definitely worth it,” Henry said.
Location: Grand Isle Fish Hatchery, Grand Isle, Vermont
Description: Introduction to Fly Fishing Clinic
Learn something new at this free fishing clinic. It’s open to people of all ages and levels of experience, including those completely new to fishing.
This is a crash course on fly fishing and will cover the basics of casting, knot tying, ecology and much more. All equipment will be provided.
Registration is required and can be completed by emailing email@example.com or calling 802-265-2279. The course will be taught by a certified Let’s Go Fishing Instructor.
I grabbed a quick shot of this family of Canada Geese swimming in Lake Champlain at Alburgh, Vermont on June 15, 2017.