My final venture into Lake Champlain this summer was a circumnavigation of Savage Island. The journey was undertaken on August 29th, 2007 and the entire trip was about 7.92 miles in length. The GPS track of this journey is shown in the graphic immediately below:
- Lake Champlain, VT, Around Savage Island, 8/29/07:
- The first part of the journey was an easterly sprint across Lake Champlain to the southern end of Savage Island.
- Once the southern tip of the island was reached it was time for a water break and half an energy bar.
- Several interesting details were visible on the eastern side of the island, which is private like Fish Bladder Island.
- There appears to be a working sheep farm on Savage Island.
- A manor, possibly a summer home, was also visible.
- As I reached the northeastern corner of the island I was able to watch a plane land and takeoff from the landing strip.
- I also encountered a sailboat at anchor off the northern tip of the island.
- At this point I stopped for more water and the remainder of my energy bar.
- The kink in my track off the northwestern point of the island was due to a line of barely submerged rocks. I thought there was going to be an opening with enough draft to let me through. This wasn’t quite the case!
- This line of rocks was the resting point for a massive flock of gulls
- The southern passage in front of the island’s western shore was unremarkable. The items visible on the eastern side were masked by trees.
- The return westerly sprint to the boat launch was uneventful…unless you count the seaplane that was practicing takeoffs and landings in front of the state park! Uh, WTF dude?!
I wanted to make it around yet another island while in VT, but I was too fatigued during the day following this paddle. The next day it looked as though it was going to rain torrents all day, so I broke camp and headed back to Rochester!
That concludes the recap of my summer kayaking journeys for the year 2007. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about them, and I hope to have more to present later in the year 2008!
Feel free to drop any comments or ask any questions!