Top Ten Things To Do & Fast Facts.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN ROUSES POINT:
- Sail Away - Rouses Point is situated right on Lake Champlain, which is the sixth largest Great Lake. With ample opportunity for water sports, sailing events and a vibrant waterfront community, residents and visitors alike can take a boat ride along Lake Champlain to where it becomes the Richelieu River.
- View Historic Fort Montgomery - These ruins are all that is left of the strategically critical 19th century fort. The fort, which is privately owned and not open to the public, can be viewed from the Rouses Point - Alburgh, Vermont Bridge, which connects the village to Vermont.
- Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library is an historic site located on Lake Street and is a fine example of the Rouses Point architecture. The library's collection of books and periodicals totals over 14,000 - with an extensive children's section. Events and programs sponsored by the library engage the community.
- Marinas - Barcombs Marina, Gaines Marina, and The Marina at Lighthouse Point provide seasonal events and activities - from regattas to festivals, as well as winter storage.
- Rouses Point Samuel de Champlain Center Stage - located on the Rouses Point Civic Center grounds the stage is the Village's center of entertainment for the summer months sponsored by the Friends of the Stage. Weekly concerts, plays and other shows including ice cream socials. All entertainment is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the shows.
- All season recreation - Rouses Point is a year-round playground. In the winter, the lake freezes and is perfect for ice fishing. Ice skating at the Civic Center is a must and the nearby Green Mountains and Adirondack High Peaks provide ample skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. The village is the absolute perfect setting for summer. Enjoy hiking, camping, golfing, cycling, fishing, boating and water sports on Lake Champlain.
- Lakes to Locks Passage - Take the "Great Northeast Journey" and let history come alive along this scenic route - from the Champlain Canal to the Richelieu Valley. Recreational opportunities abound along this route.
- Stroll along Lake Street - Browse unique shops, sample specialty foods and enjoy a charming café complete with wifi zone. Don't miss the Montgomery Street Pier, part of the newly revitalized Montgomery Street Waterfront Park area. Located only one block from downtown Rouses Point, the Pier provides a scenic walk, fishing areas and expanded enjoyment of the waterfront.
- D & H Roundhouse - Part of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad station, this roundhouse is the last of its kind on this railway system. The Delaware and Hudson Station on Pratt Street, which was crucial to the development of Rouses Point as a railroad town, is in the process of being restored.
- Travel the Rum Trail - Go back in time when run runners would cross into Canada with contraband booze. Stop in any of the local restaurants and bars to enjoy your favorite prohibition-era libation!
ROUSES POINT FAST FACTS:
- The Village of Rouses Point is 2.2 square miles - 1.8 in land and 0.4 in water
- Elevation - 112 ft (34 m)
- The population is approximately 2,400
Geography and Features
- The Village of Rouses Point is known as the Northern Gateway to New York State and the Champlain Valley.
- Rouses Point shares a border with Quebec and its Border Crossing is called one of the "Best Kept Secrets in the North Country"
- The village is a 45 minute drive from Montreal, Quebec; a one hour drive from Burlington, Vermont; a three hour drive from Albany, and a six hour drive from New York City.
- Amtrak train service between New York City and Montreal stops right in Rouses Point.
Recreation and Entertainment
- Rouses Point's easy access to Lake Champlain and full service marinas provide seasonal boaters with a picturesque home base. The Marina Lighthouse's Club Point au Fer Club sponsors a Regatta series of sailing races each summer on Rouses Point Bay. Gaines Marina also hosts a series of races and events all season long and will offer boat, kayak and jet ski rentals this summer. Barcombs Marina is the closest marina to the Canadian border.
- Rouses Point is less than an hour's drive from the Adirondack High Peaks and the ski resorts of Vermont - a nature lover's playground!
- Rouses Point is the perfect setting for your next camping, golfing, cycling, motorcycling or winter sports adventure. The Lakes to Locks Passage provides a scenic drive.
- Shipwreck Barges on Lake Champlain provide a unique way to explore the area.
- Historical and cultural opportunities abound - from viewing the ruins of historic Fort Montgomery, to perusing the titles at the historic Dodge Memorial Library. Watch dance troupes from around the world perform at the annual Fete de Danse, the premier dancing event in the North Country featuring regional, national and international dance companies. There's something to entice everyone!
Local Businesses and Career Opportunities
- Rouses Point attracts a wide variety of industries and professionals. Employers include Homeland Security, Belcam, Inc. and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to name a few. The village's close proximity to larger cities also provides an easy commute for professionals.
- The Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society continues to engage the community in historical programs, performances and lectures highlighting the area's unique place in American history.
- Rouses Point was the most important terminus on the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad's passageway to freedom because of its proximity to Canada.
- The village was once a key part of the "Rum Trail" during Prohibition
- Fort Montgomery, named for the Revolutionary War hero General Richard Montgomery, can be viewed from the Rouses Point - Alburgh, Vermont Bridge. Now a 19th century privately owned ruin, the Fort is still an impressive attraction with an interesting history. Construction had already begun on the fort before it was discovered that the land was one mile into Canadian territory. Construction stopped, and then began again on a new fort in Rouses Point. The first fort is known as "Fort Blunder."
Map of Rouses Point
- Plattsburgh International Airport is approximately 24 miles from the village
- Burlington International Airport is located less than 40 miles from the village
- Montreal International Airport is less than 50 miles from the village