Champlain and Rouses Point

Champlain and Rouses Point are a pair of adjacent villages in Northern New York on the Canada-US border. The villages, 20 miles (30km) north of Plattsburgh and 40 miles (60km) south of Montréal, are the northernmost in New York (state).

Understand

Fort Montgomery, the second fortress at Rouses Point

Due to its proximity to the border, the area served as a staging point during the War of 1812. Plattsburgh, a city twenty miles to the south, had fended off a British-Canadian attack shortly after dawn on 11 September 1814, in the final days of the war.

The first, un-named attempt at constructing a US fort directly on the border in 1816 became known as "Fort Blunder" as a surveying error placed the fortifications 3/4 of a mile into Canadian territory. After the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 placed Island Point in the US a second fort, Fort Montgomery (Lake Champlain), was built between 1844 and 1871. The guns from the second fortress were dismantled in the early 1900s.

Get in

Delaware & Hudson railroad station
By car
I-87 (Québec autoroute 15) passes through Champlain on its way from New York City to Montréal and the Laurentians. US-11 passes through both Champlain and Rouses Point northbound to Contrecoeur/Sorel.
By rail
Amtrak operates a small station at Delaware & Pratt Streets in Rouses Point, on the "Adirondack" line between Montréal and New York City
By boat

See

Eat

Sleep

Go next

Routes through Champlain and Rouses Point

Montreal  N  S  Plattsburgh Albany (Rensselaer)
Montreal Brossard ← becomes  N  S  Plattsburgh Albany
END  W  E  Grand Isle Burlington
END  N  S  Plattsburgh Albany
Contrecoeur Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ← becomes  N  S  Malone Watertown


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