Champlain Monument Panels

Who Discovered Lake Champlain?

Native peoples lived here for more than 11,000 years before the Europeans came. Generally, the Mohawk people inhabited the west side of the lake, and the Abenaki the east side. Centuries before Champlain, the Mohawk were a founding nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, an ongoing democratic union of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.

This monument shows Samuel de Champlain being guided by a Native ally. He depended on Indigenous peoples as trading partners, and to help him explore inland to the Great Lakes. In July 1609, his Huron, Algonquin and Montagnais allies guided him from Quebec City on the St. Lawrence and Richelieu Rivers to explore this lake, and to confront the Mohawk.

The Indigenous-designed birchbark canoe, a light, strong craft crucial to Champlain’s expeditions, supports the monument. The canoe is filled with beaver pelts and corn. The sculptor mistakenly gave the Native guide a headdress worn by peoples of the western plains, not of the northeast.

Champlain made maps of his explorations, and all of this land became New France under the Doctrine of Discovery, Pope Alexander VI’s 1493 decree authorizing European monarchs to disregard the sovereignty Indigenous peoples and claim ownership of the New World.

Please help us raise $1400 to put this information on an educational panel & place it near Plattsburgh’s Samuel de Champlain Monument on Cumberland Avenue. Send your tax-deductible donation to Saranac River Trail, 32 MacDonough St., #2, Plattsburgh, NY 12901; note “monument” on your check. Thank you!

Tobacco Settlement Treadwell Mills Grant


Saranac River Trail Greenway Bylaws

Adopted by the board on May 9, 2019


Tour of Water Resource Recovery Facility

"It's like walking through a chemistry set"—comment from a participant on a previous walk.

See what it takes to keep our Lake clean, swimmable, fishable, and drinkable. (Hint: YOU)

We'll meet at the Water Resource Recovery Facility at 53 Green Street. (Formerly the Water Pollution Control Plant at the same address.)

(Even more formerly the Sewer Plant).

It's more than name changes: This is the evolution of what we do and how we do it.

This Trek involves some stairs. Wear good shoes.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Plattsburgh Water Resource Recovery Facility Tour

Annual tour of the Water Resource Recovery Facility (formerly Water Pollution Control Plant). "It's like walking through a chemistry set!" See how the City of Plattsburgh keeps our Lake clean for people and fish.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30pm

Jane's Walk 2019: 10 AM at City Hall

SRTG Board Packet March 14 2018

LaPierre Lane Riverway

LaPierre Lane Riverway is the first completed spur of the Saranac River Trail Greenway (SRTG) outside the City of Plattsburgh.  The SRTG is a 27 mile trail concept extending from the City of Plattsburgh, through the Towns of Plattsburgh, Schuyler Falls and Saranac.    

There are many unique features of LaPierre Lane Riverway including:  

Treks: Photos, Water Pollution Control Plant, Invasive Species

Join Friends of Saranac River Trail over the next month for our mid-Summer treks.

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  • Photo Trek with Ron Nolland and Penny Clute

Saturday, June 23, 2018 10-11:30 AM. 

Meet at Peace Point Park (next to City Marina on the waterfront at the foot of Dock Street)

Join professional photographers Penny Clute and Ron Nolland as we explore the area around Peace Point Park (next to the City Marina). There's lots to explore — the lake, the boaters and anglers, and the every-day things we don't pay attention to. Bring your camera and curiosity.

  • Water Pollution Control Plant

Saturday, July 21, 2018 10-11:30 AM.

“It‘s like walking through a chemistry set!“ Meet at the plant at 53 Green Street (parking available there or behind the Amtrak station). This is a rare opportunity to see how the City keeps the lake clean. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to climb some stairs, but the views from the top of the plant are spectacular.

  • Invasive Species along the Saranac River Trail

Saturday, July 28, 2018 10-11:30 AM.

Learn how to identify these unwelcome guests and learn some tips about controlling them in your environment.


  • And coming up in late Summer and early Fall...

Downtown Trek 2! The reaction to our Downtown Treks was great, so we‘re going to explore another aspect of downtown. Plans now are to visit 4-5 of the downtown churches focusing on their history and architecture.

Did you miss Downtown Trek 1? Do you wish some of your friends had known about it and been able to join the Trek? Please email us and let us know if you’re interested in a repeat of Downtown Trek 1 (

Saranac River Trail Greenway — Blue Trails Extension: Conditions Report

The trail will extend from the current westward terminus at George Angell Drive in the City of Plattsburgh to a point approximately 2.15 miles to the west at Reeves Lane in the Town of Plattsburgh. This section of the trail is ready for advancement since it will be constructed on public sector property, extending through the Plattsburgh City School District High School property, the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House and sports complex and westward across City of Plattsburgh property to Reeves Lane. With the views of the river and especially the imperial dam, there is a desire to keep the trail near river.

Clinton County (County) has received Regional Waterfront Program Key Project funds to design the next segment of the Saranac River Trail Greenway in the City and Town of Plattsburgh.This project is supported by funding from the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of State (DOS) Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. 



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