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Description - Clinton County rests in the northeast corner of the Adirondacks Forest Preserve offering access to Lake Champlain, Ellenburg Mountain, 2,654 feet elevation and Lyon Mountain, 3,890 feet elevation. The county also rests on the Canadian border. Water sport enthusiasts of every variety enjoy Clinton County for its variety of water resources that offer individuals an opportunity to fish, swim, windsurf, parasailing, canoe, kayak and boat. Comfortable, quaint and accommodating towns can be found around the popular waterways that include Upper Chateaugay Lake, Chasy Lake and River, Taylor Pond and Silver Lake. Trails throughout the county are open to hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and those with dog sleds. Over 150 public campsites are found within the county ranging from primitive sites to developed sites. Wildlife viewing, picnicking, nature photography and more are enjoyed in this four-season area.

Attractions - Lake Champlain is a main feature of Clinton County boasting as America's sixth largest lake. Water sport enthusiasts of every variety enjoy this haven that is well known for supporting a myriad of trophy size catches, lakeside camping, island camping, numerous marinas and comfortable dining facilities. Ellenburg Mountain reaches 2,654 feet elevation and Lyon Mountain reaches 3,890 feet; both favorite hiking, mountain biking and snowmobiling destinations. Upper Chateaugay Lake, Chasy Lake and River, Taylor Pond and Silver Lake are also favorite destinations for anglers, ice skaters, ice fishermen and those that enjoy windsurfing, parasailing, canoeing, kayaking, speed boating and swimming. Many of the areas trails are available for more than just foot travelers. Paths invite mountain bikers, equestrians, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and those with dog sleds. Snowmobilers will find a network of trails weaving around the various lakes, peaks and stretching into Canadian territory. Anywhere within Clinton County, visitors and residents alike will find picnicking, viewing wildlife and scenic driving just moments away.

Recreation - Recreation enthusiasts will find an array of outdoor opportunities in Clinton County. The land stretches from the Canadian border down alongside Lake Champlain and over to Upper Chateaugay Lake encompassing miles of multi-use trails, fishing rivers, lakes and streams. Boreal forests offer hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers thousands of miles of trails. Water sport recreation ranges from windsurfing to trophy fishing to whitewater rafting. Over 150 campsites are available within public grounds including Ausable Point and Taylor Pond Campgrounds. Winter pursuits also include ice fishing, ice skating and dog sledding while summer gives way to scenic driving, picnicking and wildlife viewing.

Climate - The Adirondacks has a varied climate with average January temperatures from below 14 degrees reaching to 18 Fahrenheit (below -10 to -8 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). There are fewer than 100 days of frost-free growing season in the Adirondacks. Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The southwestern slopes of the Adirondacks, Tug Hill in particular, receives more than 44 inches.

Location - Clinton County rests in the northeast corner of Adirondack Forest Preserve.


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Contact Information:
Plattsburgh / North Country Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 310 , Plattsburgh, NY, 12901, Phone: 518-563-1000
, chamber@westelcom.com

Additional Information:
Adirondack Forest Preserve - The Adirondack Mountains of northeastern New York are home to the 6-million acre Adirondack Park, a patchwork of public and private lands protected under state law. More than 2.6 million acres within the park are owned and managed by the state. There are 16 wilderness areas with
a total area of about 1 million acres. About 1.3 million acres of Forest Preserve land are classified as Wild Forest and approximately 2 dozen Primitive Areas total 51,000 acres.

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Plattsburgh / North Country Chamber of Commerce - Local information

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